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Martin Bailey regularly writes this website and supplies articles for various magazines. Here are a collection of articles, some of which have been published in trade press around the world.

Supercharge your website with a CMS

If you need to build a website that is more than just a collection of static pages, but don’t have a budget that will run to a bespoke site, you may want to consider a CMS – Content Management Systems. These ‘web sites in a box’, which are a collection of script files that interact with an online database, allow complex site structures to be up and running in a matter of hours using nothing more than a web browser. A CMS can be used from sites ranging from a basic personal site through to a large-scale e-commerce or content-driven site receiving millions of visitors. The most common and, many would say, best feature of open source CMS is that they are free!

Automating and integrating CADCAM into shopfloor data systems (MRP)

Many companies will comfortably spend a five or six figure sum on a Production Control software (MRP) system but find a black hole of invisibility of jobs that enter their CAM system. Management or Sales unsuccessfully trying to obtain information on the status of an order, other departments trying to locate parts that possibly have not even been programmed yet into CAM system etc. These are day-to-day occurrences for many manufacturers. Perhaps you’re one of them, or are just about to take the plunge into shop floor data management. Find out the common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Evaluating a CAM system

You can have the fastest engine strapped to the leanest, lightest chassis, but replace proper tyres with wheels from a shopping trolley and you’ll end up going nowhere fast. The same analogy applies to the relationship between a CNC machine tool and the software that programs it. More specifically, the requirements placed on the software will dramatically change based upon the machine technology in use – now and in the future. So what should you be looking for in a CAM system and how can it improve the efficiency of your machine, your work force and your material utilization?

Factsheet: Speed up Outlook 2007 - performance tips

Outlook 2007 Performance problemsWhile Outlook 2007 offers many new features that do indeed offer real benefits it can come at a price - performance. On my Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM Outlook 2007 originally took a good 20 seconds to fire up from a fully booted PC and appeared to be constantly sluggish. So what can be done about it?

This factsheet provides a series of useful tips to keep Outlook 2007 running at optimum performance.

Factsheet: High Definition - what is it and how can it help your business

High Definition adviceCompanies are looking at any way they can to make a better impression - be it in a showroom or at an exhibition. High Definition video is now mass market, with HD TVs under £1000 and HD-capable video software available to the masses. So what can you do on a standard PC and what should you go for?