CDF Corporation is cutting its energy costs with a solar power system from Independence Solar

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, is cutting its energy costs with a solar power system from Independence Solar.

Since 1971, CDF Corporation has been an industry leader in sustainable packaging and environmental awareness. We continue to lead this initiative in an effort to make all facets of our organization environmentally friendly, sustainable and energy efficient. Investing in solar electricity is another step CDF is taking to become 100% sustainable.

Initially CDF Corporation invested in 8,200 solar panels for the Cheer Pack manufacturing facility in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. With that success, Independence Solar installed 2,500 solar panels at CDF’s headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The solar panels at CDF generate approximately 20% of the electricity used for manufacturing. On weekends and holidays, when CDF is not manufacturing product, the power goes out to the grid to be used by other companies in the Plymouth area. CDF’s effort to expand its solar power usage in Massachusetts demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.

Mark Kasberg, Chief Financial Officer at CDF Corporation, commented, “Solar electricity is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for the company. It is keeping our costs down. “

IFS World Conference roundup

IFS touch app

Wang was followed by IFS chief technology officer Dan Matthews, who offered an update on the IFS touch app, designed to enhance user experience and interaction.

Aside from being designed to be both easy and agile, Matthews said 25% of IFS implementers have used IFS Apps. One of these is American company CDF, manufacturer of pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and other value added products used in industrial storage and shipping containers and consumer packaging.

Since using the app, CDF has seen the following benefits:

  • Enterprise visibility
  • Integration with time clocks on the shop floor for enhanced labour accountability
  • Multi-mode manufacturing functionality
  • Reduction in manual data entry and re-work
  • Enhanced usability

Matthews concluded with announcing the company’s work with Samsung on the touch appa, which saw a second wave of products this year. Clearly, there is a convergence between casual and professional users, and this is only set to grow further.

As delegates filed out after the keynote speeches had concluded, I made my way around the vast conference centre to speak with a range of international companies big and small about how IFS software has impact their company.

One of these was Alex Ivkovic, IT manager of the aforementioned CDF corporation. He said adopting IFS software has been helpful in tracking orders across the supply chain.

Customisation will also be eliminated, something Ivkovic believes is a good thing for his company and wider industry.

It has also offered a chance for his company to innovate through software by employing Apple iPods as tools of engagement. Having previously used Radley Guns at a cost of around $1100, the company adopted iPods for a fraction of the price at $130. Should one break, the cost of replacement is minimal.

For a 24 hours, 365 day operation, the results have proved effective. 5-10 minute processes have now been cut to 30 seconds, with the average employee of adopter Chairpak has saved an hour a 30, amounting to around 30 a week.

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Source: The Manufacturer

The future of IFS on mobile

This is one of a series of live blog posts directly from the site of the 2013 IFS World Conference in Barcelona. Business journalist Adam Tinworth is a veteran of Reed Business Information and a lecturer on digital journalism at City University in London. His first-hand impressions are accompanied by illustrations of Matthew Buck, cartoonist for Drawnalism.

Dan Matthews, CTO, IFS

Three promises from IFS on mobile:

  1. We’re doing mobile for everyone. The field team, the casual user and the office user.
  2. We’ll make it easy – for the user and for the IT department. The IFS cloud detaches mobile from the need to continually run upgrades.
  3. We’ll be agile. It’s a changing world. Blackberry is being marginalised. Screens are changing fast. We’ll listen, watch and respond.

Last year was a year of launch and opportunity. We launched, giving you an opportunity. This year is the year of rollouts and results. By 2015, 50% of business applications will be accessed through mobile, says Gartner.

25% of IFS 8 users have implemented at least one mobile solution. CDF has implemented mobile on the shop floor. They saved supervisors an hour per shift by putting information ion iPods in their pockets. That’s 30 hours per week saved per warehouse.

EB have to address grounding faults within 28 days. Before they implemented mobile they were at 66 days on average, but after implementing mobile work orders, they’re at 27.

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Source: IFS blog