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EMC launches productivity program for Nova Scotia manufacturers

January 23, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) has launched a new program for manufacturers in Nova Scotia to become more productive and globally competitive.

The two-year program, “Advanced Manufacturing and Productivity Initiative for Nova Scotia Industry,” will enable local industries to address key issues facing Nova Scotia manufacturers, such as skills shortages, capacity utilization, the impacts on productivity and the rapid advancement of advanced technologies.

Industry will acquire productivity improvement knowledge, networking/benchmarking resources and advanced manufacturing technology best practices and roadmaps.

The program is divided into three parts:


1) Regional Advanced Manufacturing and Productivity (RAMP) clusters

Open to all Nova Scotia manufacturers, EMC is hosting new RAMP cluster sessions in the Halifax and Truro regions, so that companies can access a network of leaders to share ideas, best practices and benchmarking.

This forum for learning and knowledge exchange will also give access to subject-matter speakers, facilitated discussions, business, technical and operational overviews and potential project identification.

Topics will be driven by participating industries and may include (but are not limited to) advanced manufacturing, automation and robotics, additive manufacturing, future skills, AI / machine learning, next-generation production systems, cyber technologies and security.

2) Lean Leader & Management Systems Certificate training

EMC is also launching a Lean Leader & Management Systems Training Certificate program for up to 15 select manufacturers in Nova Scotia, hosted in both Truro and Halifax.

This advanced training will take place over 10 one-day modules and will allow participants to learn to measure, adjust and implement their own company’s strategic Lean planning, while at the same time achieving positive ROI impact.

With the added value of networking and benchmarking with peers through this productivity and advanced manufacturing cluster approach, participating companies will also realize project ROI targets ranging from $25,000 to 100,000, achieved while they complete the program.

3) ROI generation – Workplace performance projects and on-site support training

For those manufacturers participating in the Lean Leader & Management Systems Training, EMC will enable on-site support training.

Based on a challenge encountered in their workplace, participants will complete a Workplace Performance Project (WPP) that delivers real-time results and solves, implements and assesses the impacts and implications of their solution.

Each company will receive 12 days of on-site support training and mentoring for building productivity skills and capabilities, as well as up to three days of facilitated mentoring for project implementation, to increase retention and build concurrent ROI.

In a highly successful pilot recently completed, annual ROI ranged from $50,000 to $400,000+ during the program.


Access to this program is available on a first-come basis and subject to space and funding availability. The program is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

For more information or to participate in this initiative, please contact:

Sue Elliott, Field Service Advisor, Nova Scotia | 902-890-9915 |
Joan Richard, Operations Manager, Eastern Canada | 506-530-0229 |

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