Operations

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.
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.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Improving energy efficiency contributes firsthand to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving industrial competitiveness and increasing profitability.
Aug. 22, 2017 - Considering sustainability characteristics of your beverage plant conveying system? Whether your application is in the glass bottle filling, high-speed can filling, or can and glass container manufacturing, there are four key areas that should be given attention.
Aug. 1, 2017 - MillerCoors says it used 15 billion fewer gallons of water across its value chain in 2016, a reduction that can be attributed to changes in farming techniques that include tools and irrigation initiatives that use less water.
Jul. 14, 2017 - High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing, so users of manufacturing automation systems need to ensure that they are prepared for the summer heat.
Apr. 18, 2017 - Carlo Gavazzi has introduced the WM20 three-phase power analyzer, describing it as a new product range targeted to assist manufacturers and end-users in monitoring and managing escalating energy costs.
Apr. 14, 2017 - The HumanTool project being led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland involves the testing of new indoor temperature control concepts for adjusting spaces to individual needs. Energy is saved when unused rooms can be left unheated or uncooled. The final result of the project will be a completely new product.
Aug. 28, 2017 - HTM Sensors and Route1 entered into a live trial for Spotlight, Powered by MobiNET, with a tier 1 automotive parts manufacturer.
Jul. 13, 2017 - Automated production of large objects, such as auto body prototypes, boat hulls and surfboards, traditionally requires computerized numerical control (CNC) systems that can cost close to a million dollars.
Jul. 5, 2017 - Hirotec America has partnered with Otto Motors to automate Hirotec Group’s spare parts production as part of an overall strategic goal to achieve lights-out manufacturing for 24/7 operation.
Jun. 26, 2017 - Two years ago, architect Brian Vallario and finance worker Gerard Masci decided it was time to bring back something that was long gone in the American eyewear industry: the Made-in-USA label.
Jun. 22, 2017 - A global Tier 1 automotive component manufacturer, generating annual revenue in excess of US$30 billion, approached Bluewrist Inc. with an inline engine cradle inspection problem.
Jun. 21, 2017 - Cardinal Manufacturing offers engraving, and CNC routing and laser cutting for metal fabrication and production, as well as a large format print department for interior and exterior signage.
Sep. 16, 2017 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $120,000 after a worker was injured.
Sep. 14, 2017 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board says that — after conducting a multi-year engagement with experts and stakeholders — it is changing the way the board calculates employer premium rates, adding the process will be easier for employers to understand, and more accurately reflect the risks associated with operating their businesses.
Sep. 13, 2017 - Manufacturers are fundamentally changing how they operate in a Connected Enterprise. They’re gaining access to real-time insights, digitizing manual processes, improving collaboration through technology, and much more.
Sep. 3, 2017 - The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil in Ontario pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after a worker was critically injured by a large shelving unit that was being moved by a loader equipped with forks.
Sep. 3, 2017 - According to a report by Adam Ward of CTV Barrie, an investigation is currently underway following a fatal industrial accident in Tottenham, Ont.
Aug. 26, 2017 - Two significant events occurred in July 1917. One involved the tragic loss of life and made headlines for weeks. The other was barely noticed, but one hundred years later has been pivotal in saving countless lives and continues to grow in influence and impact.

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