6 Software Technology Innovations For The Manufacturing Industry

To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve counted down some of the top technologies that are having a positive impact on the manufacturing industry right now.
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The Need for Data Management within Manufacturing Industries

Data Management Data management is the usage, storage, curation, and consumption of collected information. In 2007, Cragin, M. H. et al., defined in their poster “An educational program on Data Curation” that data curation was: “the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education; curation…
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How PLM Processes Can Beat The Dreaded Burnout

There are all sorts of ways in which you can help prevent burnout at work but one strategy you may not have considered is harnessing the power of PLM processes
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How Digitalisation Can Build A Resilient Supply Chain

One of the (many) lessons we’ve learned while living through a global pandemic is just how fragile the system actually is, just how vulnerable our way of life is and how quickly it can all come tumbling down around us. Of course, from a business perspective, this is exactly why we carry out risk assessments,…
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How To Find Profitable Products

Product research is absolutely essential when it comes to selling, whether you plan to put products on shop shelves in real life or if you intend to be e-commerce only. By taking the time to research different products or market niches and using data analysis, you’ll be able to work out whether or not something…
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Changing fashion, fighting burnout, and winning over Cath Kidston. The story of Bombyx PLM.

Original article by Tim Goodfellow for C4DI Lucy Blackley is the founder of Bombyx PLM, a manufacturing tech startup that has seen huge growth over the last 18 months. We sat down and chatted about where the business is now and how even in a digital company, the real world has a big role to…
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What is PLM? – Origin to Now (Everything You Need to Know)

PLM stands for product lifecycle management. In order for us to effectively grasp the understanding of PLM’s existence and its increasing necessity; we must dig a little deeper into the origin by first understanding the product lifecycle. The Phrase ‘Product Lifecycle’ Product lifecycle represents a series of changes in the lifetime of a product. Regardless…
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Tech entrepreneur named as a regional rising star as she looks to scale up manufacturing solution

Written by David Laister, and originally published by Business Live Tech Nation spotlight falls on Lucy Blackley and her Bombyx PLM platform to streamline manufacturing A tech entrepreneur from Hull has been named as one of the top emerging talents in her field as she prepares to scale up her ethical manufacturing support platform. Disillusioned…
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Meet the Rising Stars regional winners: Yorkshire’s five top early-stage companies

Written by Kane Fulton, and originally published by Tech Nation Rising Stars is the UK’s only national competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies. Last year, 10 companies were crowned Rising Stars 2.0 Winners at our London Grand Final. Now, five regional winners for each region and nation across the UK will compete nationally for the chance to be named…
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The Future of Fashion is Digital, post-Covid-19 (with audio version)

As stated in my previous article on the links between climate change, wellbeing, and PLM as part of the solution, I strongly believe the shift in our buying and trading behaviour was due to a revamp in order to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, which apparel had a huge part to play in.…
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Virtual trade show ‘next best thing’ for Make it British

Written by Isabella Fish, and originally published by Drapers The virtual trade show format is the “next best thing” for Make it British amid the chaotic coronavirus outbreak, exhibitors have told Drapers. Last week founder and CEO of Make it British Live, Kate Hills, was forced to postpone the UK manufacturing trade show until further…
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How to Improve Product Innovation at your Company

Even big companies struggle with innovation. Take, for example, Gerber’s 1970s attempt to penetrate the adult food market. Instead of developing a new line with its own unique distribution strategy, the baby food brand re-labeled existing pureed products and simply placed them in a different aisle. Or, more recently, look to the flop of Pizza…
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Reducing Waste in Design and Manufacturing: Make It British Live! 2020

Press Release from Future Fashion Factory. Written by Sarah Parkin Brands, designers and manufacturers are gearing up for this year’s Make It British Live! trade show next month, set for the Business Design Centre in Islington 17-18 March. As many of our members prepare to exhibit or visit the event, we are excited that the Future Fashion…
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5 Most Innovative Products of 2020

With CES 2020 wrapping up a few weeks ago, there’s a lot to digest. We saw tons of innovative products in fitness tech, TVs, self-driving vehicles, and even basics like Bluetooth technology. CES is a spectacle that never fails to impress, and while some products might be more realistic than others, the showcase can be…
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Bombyx CEO to speak at Barclays Eagle Lab’s Women 4.0 for International Women’s Day

Women 4.0 returns for International Women’s Day with a panel of exciting speakers exploring the theme of the future of women in tech and industry and how we can celebrate traditionally feminine traits in the modern workplace.  The theme is inspired by a quote from Mary Portas, the UK’s foremost authority on retail and brand…
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How Sourcing Agents Take Advantage of Entrepreneurs

Looking for a manufacturing partner? A quick search on Google or Alibaba will surface hundreds of results. It isn’t difficult to find a factory – but it is a much harder task to find the right one.  Entrepreneurs struggle to find and vet a manufacturing partner overseas. Many turn to source agents to be their…
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How to Vet a Manufacturing Partner

It’s undeniably more affordable to outsource your product manufacturing to a factory in China or India. But, for most entrepreneurs, it’s difficult to discern which factory is the best fit. Instead of learning how to vet a manufacturing partner, many people rely on a sourcing agent to help navigate the process. While it’s easy enough…
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Why Smart Companies Outsource Product Manufacturing

Article in partnership with Gembah. When new businesses fail, most of the time it’s due to running out of cash. Poor cash flow management is the nemesis of the more than 80% of new ventures that go out of business in the first year.  It takes a lot of capital to get started, no matter…
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4 Different Approaches to Successful Product Design

Fast Company’s Innovation By Design award winners in 2019 all have a few things in common: they’re sleek, intuitive, and many have a sustainability focus. From a carbon-negative, algae-based plastic raincoat to a reusable takeaway-cup service for large venues, the winning designs all meld form and function to create a great user experience for the…
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Bombyx PLM Join Forces with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to Bring Inclusion to STEM Industries

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 17th December 2019, Bombyx PLM recently teamed up with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to promote, create awareness of, and include young women in the STEM narrative. It all started in July 2019, when Lucy Blackley, founder of Bombyx PLM, had the pleasure of…
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Manufacturing in China: The Ultimate Guide for Non-pros

The advantages of manufacturing in China cannot be overlooked, but neither can their challenges. Creating a brand new product is an exciting prospect. If this is your first time, you have a lot to learn. Don’t let that dampen your spirits. We’re here to help. Here is everything you need to know when getting started…
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2020: A new era for PLM systems? Q&A

Written by James Skelton, Specialist Marketer – Smart Industry on behalf of FMC Global Talent. Which new skills will employers be seeking in 2020? Sabrina Anthoney: “I’m increasingly working on vacancies which require candidates to know more than one language, particularly for sales professionals. It’ll also be important to remain adaptable in 2020 as every day new technology…
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A Showcase of Hull’s Most Innovative Tech Projects

Press Release from C4DI. Written by Courtney Farrow of Bloom Creative On Monday, five C4DI residents take part in the IoD East Yorkshire Digital & Tech Showcase to reveal some of the incredible projects taking place in the region. Yorkshire IoD is an organization committed to supporting its 1,300 members through director development and the…
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Tech leaders to showcase Hull’s most innovative projects

Press Release from Institute of Directors. Hull’s most innovative businesses are to showcase their latest projects at a technology event next month. The IoD East Yorkshire Digital & Tech Showcase will be held on 4 November at C4Di @ The Dock on Queen Street, Hull, starting at 5.15 pm. The C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation) is…
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Bombyx Partners with University of Leeds to Provide Software to the Innovators of Tomorrow

Press Release from C4DI. Written by Courtney Farrow of Bloom Creative C4DI-based Bombyx PLM has partnered up with the University of Leeds to add PLM to its curriculum and give students a taste of the reality of the fashion industry today, as well as its digital future. From November 2019, the platform will be available…
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Press Release: Leeds University partners up with Bombyx PLM to bring PLM to their innovators of tomorrow.

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 8th October 2019, Leeds University add PLM to their curriculum by implementing Bombyx PLM to give their students the reality of the fashion industry today, and its digital future. The platform will be available across BA and MA fashion courses, giving the students a real-life scenario of the…
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Two-Day Celebration of Tech Culminates in Hull and Humber Tech Awards

This week, it was fantastic to see Hull’s tech and digital community come together at the first-ever Tech Expo Humber, followed by an evening of celebration at the fifth Hull and Humber Tech Awards.  On Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 October, the region’s top technology businesses gathered at the Bonus Arena in Hull to showcase…
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All the winners at the 2019 Hull and Humber Tech Awards

Industry leaders and rising stars in the region’s tech sector gathered at Fruit in Humber Street to celebrate the very best talent in the city Press Release by Phil Winter, Business Editor of HullLive The winners of the 2019 Hull and Humber Tech Awards have been announced. Industry leaders and rising stars in the region’s…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM Win Tech Start up of the Year 2019 Award

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 3rd October 2019, Bombyx PLM win the Reach PLC’s Hull and Humber Tech Awards’ Tech Startup of the Year Award. KCOM, and the Hull Daily Mail sponsored the awards ceremony, and Hays Recruitment sponsored the award itself. After an absolutely epic two days at the very first Humber…
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Tech Expo Humber’s ‘We’re In Tech’ Talk Explores Being a Women in the Sector

Four women are to represent C4DI at this October’s Humber Tech Expo and discuss their experiences working in the technology and digital sector.  C4DI Community Manager Louise Cooke, Founder of Bombyx PLM Lucy Blackley, Director of Development at Sauce Claire Clark and Co-Founder of Moodbeam Christina Colmer McHugh take to the stage at Bonus Arena…
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UK’s Finest Digital Talent Shortlisted for 2019 DEA’s

Press Release from Business Cloud. Article written by Jonathan Symcox. UK’s longest-standing awards for digital excellence, the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, are now in their 15th year. The final shortlist for this year’s Digital Entrepreneur Awards, the UK’s longest-standing awards for digital excellence, has been announced. The awards, now in their 15th year, consider every aspect…
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How are you so burnt when you’re barely on fire? (with audio version)

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares the links between climate change, wellbeing, and PLM as part of the solution. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  The world is burning, and we’re all burnt out. Are the two related? It’s clear they are for those who have suffered…
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Press Release: Lucy Blackley of Bombyx PLM Shortlisted to the finals for ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award presented by the Digital Entrepreneur Awards.

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 11th September 2019, Lucy Blackley of Bombyx PLM has been shortlisted for a national award. Lucy has reached the finals for the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ award presented by the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, and is sponsored by UKFast, and the Manchester Evening News. This news follows on from…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM Shortlisted to the Finals for Hull and Humber Tech Awards’ ‘Tech Startup of the Year’ Award

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 4th September 2019,  Bombyx PLM have been shortlisted to the finals ‘Tech Startup of the Year Award’ presented by Reach PLC’s Hull and Humber Tech Awards. Bombyx PLM have been nominated and shortlisted for yet another award, this time presented to them by a regional body. Hull and…
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Tech Expo Humber To Showcase Award-Winning C4DI Exhibitors

Press Release from Pace Communications A selection of cutting-edge tech businesses from digital hub C4DI has been announced as part of the line-up for the first Tech Expo Humber. The multi-award-winning start-up technical businesses will be showcasing the latest innovations to businesses across the region, and demonstrating to visitors from across the UK why Hull has…
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Product Lifecycle Management

Press Release: GEORGEBLACK choose Bombyx PLM to streamline their international accounts and own private label

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 28th August 2019, GEORGEBLACK, Netherlands Fashion Consultants choose Bombyx PLM to streamline their workload with international brands. GEORGEBLACK is a full service design & production agency based in Amsterdam for; upcoming designers, retailers, start-ups and brands in the fashion industry with a special, but not solely, focus on…
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Press Release: Founder and Director of Bombyx PLM announced as a headline speaker for Humber Tech Expo on 1st October 2019

Founder and Director of Bombyx PLM announced as a headline speaker for Humber Tech Expo on 1st October 2019. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 20th August 2019,   Bombyx PLM founder and director has been confirmed as a headline speaker at the Humber Tech Expo on the 1st of October 2019 The talk will…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM release ‘resultancy’ service to cater to brands wanting to convert to PLM, but don’t have the time

Bombyx PLM releases ‘resultancy’ service to cater to brands wanting to digitize, but don’t have the time. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 14th August 2019,   Bombyx PLM release ‘resultant service to help brands wanting to digitally transform the lifecycle of their products, but have too much to do to even think about setting…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM confirmed as an exhibitor at Humber Tech Expo on 1st and 2nd of October

Bombyx PLM was confirmed as an exhibitor at Humber Tech Expo on 1st and 2nd of October. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 13th August 2019,   Bombyx PLM have been confirmed as an exhibitor at the Humber Tech Expo on the 1st and 2nd of October 2019 Bombyx PLM is proud to be a…
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Bombyx PLM Founder Nominated for Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 23rd July 2019, Lucy Blackley, Bombyx PLM’s founder, and director has been nominated for the Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year Award. “Bombyx PLM has been flying the flag for ethical, simple, inclusive, people-focused solutions and ways of working way before the inception of our industry solution. It is an…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM presents new podcast channel, ‘Love, Death + PMS’

A string of conversations emphasizing people doing more of what they love, less of what they loathe, and discovering themselves to realize their full potential. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 16th July, Bombyx PLM presents a podcast channel for the career-driven with an emphasis on wellbeing. Our message has always been clear as to…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM offers PLM completely free for up to 5 product uploads

Accelerating startups on their digital journey, and giving SMEs and corporations that aren’t using PLM, a taste of their potential streamlined future. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 9th July, Bombyx PLM offers up a freemium version of their ‘Basyx’ core package to give brands an opportunity to experience PLM and its benefits. This will…
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Press Release: Bombyx PLM offers PLM completely free to Education*

Real-life scenario teaching to excel students into their careers upon graduation. Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, 2nd July , Bombyx PLM are giving PLM away to make way and aid the industry innovators of our future. At Bombyx PLM, we are passionate about education and want to aid higher and further education institutes by…
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Technically Glitched Curriculums: A Call To Responsibility

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her concerns on our education system – and, in particular, how it’s setting graduates up to fail. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel.  Last month I took on my first intern for the company I founded and direct. It started with…
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User-Centric Software Places Simplicity at the Heart of Product Design

Bombyx PLM is on a mission to streamline product design and development, helping manufacturers, product developers, and creatives get back to what they do best without tedious, time-consuming admin tasks. The product lifecycle management software is for any company creating products and supports the whole development process, from the initial concepts right through to production.…
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Love, Death and PLM

In her latest piece for WhichPLM, Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on people as a product, how their lifecycle and wellbeing matters more than the consumable product itself, and how the empowerment of people and investment in technology can create a better working culture that only supports and promotes the end products of a brand. Lucy…
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Press Release: Bombyx is pleased to welcome Rekucci to their platform

“As a small team we wanted things to be simple, fast and help us do our jobs better – our design team had nightmares about drowning in never-ending PLM menus and dropdowns” The brand Rekucci started in 2014 – with a simple idea about doing things differently.  With over 20 years of experience in a…
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Navigating the PLM Playing Field

Lucy Blackley shares her thoughts on the similarities between small and large enterprises when it comes to PLM. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Why does PLM feel like a political playing field, where the growth of everyone together isn’t an option, despite the recent shifts in…
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Team Mision

Why are we not looking at PLM from a people perspective?

Here, Lucy Blackley focuses on the individual in relation to selling and implementing software systems. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Before taking on my ‘passion project’ of people, processes, and technology, which has slowly over the course of two years become an actual business, I worked as a…
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Lifecycle of a Lifecycle (2/2)

Here, Lucy Blackley continues taking us through the journey of developing her own PLM system. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. Two months ago, I published my first article for WhichPLM (the predecessor to this piece), in which I delved into the back of my mind to revisit the process of…
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Lifecycle of a Lifecycle (Part 1 of 2)

Here, Lucy Blackley shares her first exclusive with WhichPLM. Lucy is a PLM and Product Development expert, and sits on WhichPLM’s Expert panel. In this piece, she shares her experiences developing her own PLM system.  The notion of creating a new PLM system was, for me, one of organic nature; yet at the same time,…
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