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Jun. 3, 2016 - In the beer business, it’s tough to be the little guy. Fighting for market share against huge companies with much larger budgets and much deeper pockets is an uphill battle.
May 24, 2016 - Unlike other industries, the manufacturing and production industry is no novice when it comes to project management. Lean, Kaizen, Six Sigma and many other methods have already contributed enormously to eliminating wastes, streamlining processes and optimizing production cycles in manufacturing.
Mar. 14, 2016 - Whether manufacturers pursue lean production, Six Sigma, or their own quality assurance program, measuring is at the heart of quality and foundational in Six Sigma’s goal to Define Measure Analyze Improve and Control (DMAIC) production processes. Yet excess waste remains when the measurement is completed by slow human subjective means such as traditional hand gauges and optical comparators, which can lead to a myriad of errors in production processes.
Nov. 5, 2015 - 4aBetterBusiness, a consulting firm that assures client companies make more money through increased productivity, reduced core costs and immediate employee engagement, has announced that company president Paul Vragel will be speaking at FABTECH 2015.
Jun. 30, 2015 - Eliminating process waste in a manufacturing setting is not a small task. Improvements in this area do not happen overnight, and cannot be viewed as a simple project that someone at a manufacturing company can undertake, implement quickly and expect to be successful. An entire culture shift needs to take place to make a real difference. Manufacturing companies are now seeing that by adopting and embracing Lean manufacturing principles, they are able to improve their bottom line and market share. But for Lean to be successful, there must be 100-per-cent employee buy-in to the process. The entire culture of the way the company operates must be examined, analyzed and critiqued in order to truly adopt Lean principles. Lean manufacturing is the process of identifying non-value added activity or waste. It includes anything that does not change fit, form or function of the product. If the process isn’t essential to the end product, it needs to be eliminated. The benefits are lucrative when Lean principles are implemented successfully. One will see gains in quality, lead-time reduction, productivity and employee development.
May 20, 2015 - You may be thinking about implementing lean manufacturing practices in your facility, or perhaps you have heard about lean manufacturing and want to know more. Whatever the case may be, these tips can help you determine whether your manufacturing process can benefit from lean techniques, and if yes, the best way to go about implementing them.
Jan. 17, 2017 - Current, GE’s digital energy startup, has introduced an intelligent energy management app to help industrial and commercial facilities optimize their energy and productivity.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Rittal Systems has introduces the ChillZone app, an energy savings estimator for the Blue e+ line of industrial enclosure cooling solutions.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Lighting retrofits in industrial environments are known to be short-payback energy management solutions due to significant energy savings and incentives. In the case described below, however, the cost of a massive energy waste prior to retrofit was actually immaterial when non-energy benefits were considered.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Dialight has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, making it the first LED lighting supplier in the Encompass Product Referencing Program.
Nov. 1, 2016 - About 50 per cent of the total power requirements at Idec’s U.S. headquarters are powered by a combination of solar panels and recently-installed wind turbines.
Nov. 1, 2016 - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has announced the CME SMART Green Fund, a new government grant that covers up to 50 per cent of expenses for projects that aim to reduce manufacturing-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit produced, either through the purchase of innovative machinery or process improvements.
Dec. 22, 2016 - Nearly every manager or supervisor in heavy industry has heard that safety is good for business. According to the OSHA document, Safety and Health Add Value, effective safety and health programs can mean the difference between organizations operating “in the black and running in the red.”
Dec. 16, 2016 - VHM Fonderie, a French foundry and machining company, says it is experiencing faster product development time and improved capacity since introducing Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers across its design and manufacturing process.
Dec. 7, 2016 - Gray Tools Canada Inc. (Brampton, Ont.) has acquired a new vertical machining centre (VMC) — essentially a computer-controlled mill — to take its manufacturing up a notch and the recent commissioning of the equipment was the final step in a nearly 18-month process.
Nov. 15, 2016 - VSP Optics Group provides ophthalmic technology, lens products and lab services that aim to strengthen patient experience and promote practice growth. Its portfolio of customized lens products claim to be the fastest growing lens brand in the optical industry, and in the midst of its tremendous growth, the company reached out to Wynright’s engineering and software controls team to turn its manufacturing objectives into reality.
Nov. 10, 2016 - Last month, I joined a select group of Canadian trade journalists and attended my first ever Festo International Press Conference where we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the new $70 million distribution and manufacturing centre in Mason, Ohio.
Nov. 8, 2016 - Seaweed’s natural nutritional and healing powers have been known for millennia — the Romans applied marine plants to help heal wounds and rashes, while the Japanese made it a staple of their diet. And today, processed seaweed is a key ingredient in everything from human nutritional supplements to animal feed.
Jan. 17, 2017 - Paramedics say a man has died in an industrial accident in the city’s east end.
Jan. 14, 2017 - A company providing sales and service of tractors and other equipment used in the construction industry pleaded guilty and has been fined $115,000 after a worker suffered injuries from a falling piece of equipment.
Jan. 13, 2017 - Ford Motor Co. says a 55-year-old contract worker has died after falling from a crane at a Detroit-area plant.
Jan. 11, 2017 - A sheriff says a truck plant explosion that hurt several people in southeastern Minnesota could have been much worse.
Jan. 11, 2017 - As a new year develops, trends in industrial automation will continue: the evolving workforce, globalization, the use of information to develop insight into plant operation, and concerns about security.
Dec. 31, 2016 - Poly-Nova Technologies GP Inc., a manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was permanently injured by a hydraulic power press.

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