Category Archives : Fasteners and Fixings


Instock Disposables: Our Hosted Experience

Having dealt with Merlin Business Software since 2004 we have recently upgraded to the latest version of Merlin.  We are delighted we did as the new system has improved our efficiency immensely and has brought great benefits to our customers.

We have also taken a giant leap in technology by having our system hosted.  Business Continuity is an extremely important factor to us and the hosting solution allows us to access our system anywhere there is internet access.  This allows our depots to work independently, without the need for a connection to Head Office, enabling this continuity and giving our customers peace of mind.

Our concerns over system downtime during the upgrade were unfounded since the transition when we moved to the hosting centre was seamless across our multi depot organisation.

We can only thank Merlin for all their efforts and wonder why we waited so long to take the plunge!

Karen Main, IT Manager, Instock Disposables


What you need to know about PaaS

Most businesses are familiar with cloud computing and its ability to deliver agility, scalability, convenience of anywhere access and drive down costs. However, there is a compelling case for organisations to venture further, utilising “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) to further accelerate innovation.

PaaS accelerates the development and deployment of a variety of applications, whether web-based or mobile, B2B or B2C.

What exactly is PaaS?

PaaS is a cloud-computing platform that is provided online by a cloud services vendor. The platform allows organisations to deploy and run business-critical software in the cloud, without ever having to worry about purchasing, installing or maintaining a sophisticated IT infrastructure: you just get to focus on your business, everything else is done for you, as an on-demand pay-per-use service.

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UK manufacturing ‘strongest growth for three years’

The UK’s manufacturing sector picked up further in November to its strongest level for almost three years, according to a closely watched survey.

The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed employment in the sector grew.

The news adds to other recent data showing that the UK economy is putting the economic crisis years behind it.

The PMI stood at 58.4 in November, its highest since February 2011. A reading over 50 indicates growth.

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Launch of Fastener Fair Turkey receives good international response

Fastener Fair Turkey 2013, the exhibition for fastener and fixing technologies, will take place at IFM – Istanbul Expo Centre in Istanbul from 21st – 22nd November 2013. As Turkey’s only exhibition dedicated exclusively to the fastener and fixing industry, Fastener Fair Turkey will provide a variety of buying and networking opportunities for local, as well as international distributors, suppliers, buyers, engineers and industry professionals. 

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Understanding the CPR

In a recent article in Fastener+Fixing Magazine, Barbara Sorgato, Secretary of the European Consortium of Anchor Producers, gives her thoughts on the latest CPR regulations.

“To read the CPR is crucially important, both to understand how to grasp this opportunity towards a free European internal market, and to confute misleading information of the CPR…”

Here is a list of some of the key areas of confusion and her related comments, based on the CPR.

CPR says all construction products must bear the CE marking
No! CE marking is mandatory only for those construction products for which the manufacturer has drawn up a declaration of performance (DoP) [Art. 8.2]

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