Operations

Dec. 30, 2017 - The manufacturing floor is a complex place. Every day simple materials are being transformed into finished goods and shipped all over the world. Waste, in all forms, is one of the biggest adversaries a manufacturing floor faces in their battle to maximum profitability, but what is waste?
Nov. 29, 2017 - The mass production of footwear and apparel used to make sense for the fashion industry — the idea being the more product you could make, the more product you could sell. But the industry has evolved.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Manufacturing automation and lean manufacturing both have the same goals — to satisfy your customers at the lowest cost possible. To meet these goals, both approaches are aligned toward completely removing any non-value or low-value activities, cutting down on wastage and still maintaining a good standard of quality.
Apr. 19, 2017 - At GE Healthcare’s 280,000-square-foot repair operations centre in Milwaukee, Wis., a fleet of OTTO self-driving vehicles are used to deliver parts to workstation cells to handle over 2,000 repairs of medical devices weekly.
Mar. 26, 2017 - The Cloud-based lean manufacturing solution provider Leading2Lean helped West Liberty Foods save $2 million in maintenance costs over the past two years with its implementation of Leading2Lean at three of its plants.
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.
Apr. 3, 2018 - Taking collective action on climate change has never been as critical as it is today. From floods to severe storms, Ontarians are already experiencing the impact of climate change.
Mar. 28, 2018 - SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son announced Wednesday a $200-billion solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which he described as “the world’s biggest solar power generation.”
Mar. 20, 2018 - The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener.
Mar. 16, 2018 - BASF has chosen to power its Canadian corporate headquarters and production facilities across the country with green electricity from Bullfrog Power, a move that is predicted to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions footprint by approximately 1,520 tonnes on an annual basis.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Inefficient machinery, which increases wasteful energy use, is a key area of improvement for many businesses. You can’t manage what you can’t measure, so the first step toward the efficient management of energy is analysis of unique energy requirements.
Feb. 19, 2018 - Nestlé, in partnership with EDP Renewables, has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement that will provide approximately 80 per cent of the electricity load for five facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. The agreement is a step forward for Nestlé’s goal to procure 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Jun. 24, 2018 - When drives cause movement in machines and heavy rollers and blades rotate, there are multiple hazards that must be guarded against. It is not products alone that make machines safe, productive and easy to operate; integrated automation and safety solutions are required.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Tapematic USA is preparing for the installation of two additional PST Lines at an independent cosmetic decoration facility in the North East of the United States, which is expected to help the company offer larger quantities and reduced turnaround times to their customers.
Mar. 29, 2018 - The forklift manufacturer Crown relies heavily on robotic welding automation for fabrication/production of its equipment in the Roding, Germany, facility.
Mar. 27, 2018 - Successful manufacturers understand that in order to make productivity improvements, they need a clear picture of what is happening on the plant floor. Massiv Die-Form is no exception. The Brampton, Ontario-based company, a division of Magna International, knows how important plant productivity and shop floor transparency are when it comes to fulfilling orders and meeting the demands of its customers, such as automotive manufacturers like Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Honda and General Motors. With 24/7 operations, it’s critical that the producer of doors, hoods, body sides, hot stamp tooling and more keeps track of what’s happening on the shop floor, so that it can prevent costly downtime and determine opportunities for improvement.
Mar. 13, 2018 - Schneider Electric has helped Dow Corning, a global provider of silicon-based technology, upgrade its distributed control systems.
Mar. 2, 2018 - Haitoglou, a producer of sesame products, has automated its production unit with Russell Finex’s sieving and filtration solutions to increase production for tahini paste and sesame seeds. Processing up to 150 tonnes of seeds a day, Haitoglou prides itself on modern production facilities that meet high standards of hygiene and automation in the industry.
August 29, 2018 - Entries are open for Rockwell Automation's sixth annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards.
August 7, 2018 - Rockwell Automaton has added five new members to its Machine Safety System Integrator program, including two Ontario companies.
Jun. 28, 2018 - Following guilty pleas, Belmont Meat Products was fined $35,000 and Betts Cleaning Specialists was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Keon Lee after a worker who was cleaning a mixer/grinder machine was critically injured by a partly disassembled machine.
Jun. 25, 2018 - Following a guilty plea, Multivans, a company that manufactures truck bodies, was fined $60,000 after a worker suffered critical injuries while using an angle grinder.
Jun. 18, 2018 - One of three people injured during a flash fire at the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defence has died.
Jun. 14, 2018 - One of three patients being treated for injuries sustained during a fire at the main propellant manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defence has been discharged from a North Carolina hospital.

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