November 11, 2015
Continuous improvement stops once a company stops applying consistent energy to the change process. Keeping lean team members involved in problem-solving efforts keeps them in shape so they can continue to recognize problem areas and opportunities for continuous improvement that add value to the organization.
November 11, 2015
A group of 70 students forming the University of Manitoba’s Space Applications and Technology Society are diligently working to design a triple-cube satellite to house an experiment to measure the reaction of tardigrades to the vacuum of space. The satellite will be entered into the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) managed by the federally incorporated, not-for-profit CSDC Management Society Inc. The winning satellite will be launched into orbit in May 2016. Advisers and contributors from industry, academia, and government make themselves available to assist with the project. BobCAD-CAM donated three software packages to the project as part of its Manufacturers of the Future program.
October 19, 2015
Adding a robotic system enabled Groupe Gravel to reduce programming time while improving production rates.
October 9, 2015
Investments in robotics continue to increase and are reflected in recent, impressive statistics. A record 14,232 robots valued at $840 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2015, an increase of 1 percent in units and 7 percent in revenue over the same period in 2014, which held the previous record. Canada makes up about 10 percent of the overall North American robotics market with a growth rate that surpasses that of the overall North American market.
October 7, 2015
Superior Radiant Products (SRP) and its sister company IR Energy manufacture infrared products for a variety of industrial and consumer applications. SRP takes care of the industrial and commercial building market. IR Energy serves the outdoor heating market. Qingdao Thermpro Ltd. in Hong Kong and Superior Radiant Products Inc. in Kennesaw, Ga., were established to assist with exports. Nearly 50 percent of production is exported. SRP moved to a larger facility in 2014, initiated lean manufacturing practices, and brought production of high-end outdoor heaters, previously done in China, back to Canada.
October 6, 2015
The quality and temperature of process water for waterjet cutting can extend the life of seals and components critical to the cutting process and lengthen the time between maintenance. A chiller should be used to keep the water temperature below 70 degrees F and, depending on the impurity level, a water softener, deionization system, or reverse osmosis system should be considered to bring the water’s chemical levels within recommended OEM standards.