Operations

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.
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.
Oct. 28, 2017 - Coulson Ice Blast, a British Columbia startup that launched this February, recently commenced mass production of a new technology using blasted ice for industrial cleaning.
Oct. 16, 2017 - Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, has announced the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, encouraging Canadian industrial manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use and related costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Oct. 16, 2017 - When it comes to energy management, the key word is management, not energy. As such, all the rules of management apply, which means everything starts at the top. This reality determines everything. So how do we achieve effective energy management in a manufacturing setting?
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.
Nov. 21, 2017 - The Glad manufacturing facility in Orangeville, Ont., turned 50 years old this year, and it has never looked better.
Oct. 16, 2017 - As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, but in this case, it looks like good things also come to those who are the very first in line.
Oct. 16, 2017 - As the second largest secondary treatment facility in Canada, Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (MV AIWWTP) in Delta, B.C., presently serves about 1.3 million people in 14 member municipalities in the Fraser Sewerage Area (FSA).
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.
Nov. 21, 2017 - A worker has been taken to a Saskatoon hospital in an industrial accident at a manufacturing facility.
Nov. 21, 2017 - State and local authorities are trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory in New York's Hudson Valley that killed one employee and injure nearly three dozen other workers and firefighters.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Concord, Ontario-based FGF Brands pleaded guilty and was fined $70,000 after a temporary worker was trapped and injured by a dough machine that had been started up while cleaning was being done.
Oct. 23, 2017 - Drummond Metal Fabrication Ltd. has been found guilty and fined $50,000 after a temporary worker was critically injured when operating a metal-polishing lathe at the metal fabrication plant.
Oct. 5, 2017 - The Eastman Chemical Company says two coal gas explosions and a fire this week at its Tennessee chemical plant posed no threat to the environment or human health.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Automaker FCA Canada Inc., part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, pleaded guilty and was fined $140,000 after a worker received head injuries when bolts failed on a transfer press undergoing maintenance.

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