May 16, 2020

The Dutch government urges businesses to not use British-manufactured parts

Sophie Chapman
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UK's automotive industry to be harmed by Brexit's tariffs
The Dutch government has advised businesses in the Netherlands to not use parts produced in the UK for its exports.

The online Brexit Impact Scan tool...

The Dutch government has advised businesses in the Netherlands to not use parts produced in the UK for its exports.

The online Brexit Impact Scan tool argues that exporters in the country may no longer have free trade access in existing deals if they purchase British-manufactured parts.

“Do you want to be less dependent on the British market? Consider focusing your activities on other countries,” that release reads.

The Dutch government has highlighted that member of the European Union (EU) have free access to transit goods as part of the free trade rules.

After Brexit products may not be able to travel between the EU and Britain without import or export tariffs.


“Brexit will have consequences for exports outside the EU,” it continues.

“After Brexit, parts made in the UK no longer count towards this minimum production in the European Union.”

“As of withdrawal date, the UK becomes a third country. UK inputs are considered 'non-originating'.”

The automotive industry is expected to be hit by any changes following Brexit, as it often uses “just-in-time” manufacturing that avoids stockpiling expensive parts.

“You will also have to deal with customs formalities and possibly (longer) waiting times at the border. Take this into account in just-in-time delivery”.

The car industry provides the UK with 10% of its total gross domestic product (GDP), whilst 53.9% of cars are exported to the EU.

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May 13, 2021

Predictive Monitoring for Continuous Operations Management

2 min
TwinThread’s Predictive Monitoring provides valuable analysis of Machine conditions for predictive maintenance of operations

Unplanned downtime and poor maintenance procedure can cost companies a lot of time and money. 

For companies looking to set specific targets for cost efficiency, production output and quality control, the ability to predict how certain variables affect machines can aid success in reaching these targets. 

Monitoring and remediation are important steps to optimize production, by adopting Predictive Monitoring, organizations can receive the ideal support to keep operations running efficiently, and ongoing maintenance to keep machines running at their best.

Predictive Monitoring

Predictive Monitoring is an AI driven method of production analysis. It uses metrics such as temperature and vibrations to determine when machines are working outside of their optimum conditions. 

Around 98% of organizations report that a single hour of downtime can cost them over US$100,000, which highlights a significant cost implication that can be avoided with AI driven analytics. 

TwinThread applications work with Predictive Monitoring to provide a network of data, which ensure machines work within their optimum conditions, for the best output.

Providing the Digital Tools

According to PwC’s ‘Digital Factories 2020’ report, “manufacturers’ adoption of machine learning and analytics to improve predictive maintenance will increase by 38% by 2022.” One of the main reasons for this, given by 98% of respondents, is to gain more efficiency through investment into digital factory solutions.

By learning what potential issues may occur if machines are not working to the correct standard,  Predictive Monitoring systems work with TwinThread’s Predictive Asset Reliability application, which conducts an “automated root cause analysis” enabling the operator to analyze how the machine has fallen from its optimum conditions. Ultimately,  any issues will be addressed much faster when predictive technology uses data to monitor variables.

“TwinThread’s Predictive Operations Center is making a big difference to our process engineers, giving them real-time feedback on the stability of our production,” said Domenic Verte, Manufacturing Application Manager at Toray.

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