Burlington/Oakville, Hamilton, Miltonhttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburlingEMC CanadaEMC Brantford & Area Senior Manager’s Event: NAFTAhttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/emc_brantford__area_senior_managers_event_nafta<div><p>This month, EMC Senior Manager Members from the Brantford and Area and surrounding Consortiums examined the current state of affairs around NAFTA and the potential impact of Agreement changes on their businesses and within our sectors.  </p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="652"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="416">Anvil International Canada (<a href="http://www.anvilintl.com"></a><a href="//www.anvilintl.com">www.anvilintl.com</a>) was our Host for this excellent session.  Anvil…</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Bren de LeeuwWed, 21 Feb 2018 09:07:14 -0500https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/emc_brantford__area_senior_managers_event_naftaEMC Brantford & Area Senior Manager’s Event: The Impact of Bill 148https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/emc_brantford__area_senior_managers_event_the_impact_of_bill_148<div><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="652"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="416">The <strong>Norfolk Fruit Growers' Association</strong> (<a href="http://www.nfga.ca"></a><a href="//www.nfga.ca">www.nfga.ca</a>), who kindly Hosted this special event,<strong> </strong>provides top-quality Ontario apples.  They grow, store, pack and market apples for grower members and others from their facility in Norfolk County, Ontario.   Their member-growers represent 1100 acres of orchard and account for almost 12% of all the…</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Bren de LeeuwFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:59:44 -0500https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/emc_brantford__area_senior_managers_event_the_impact_of_bill_148Nobel Laureates Need Not Applyhttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/nobel_laureates_nead_not_apply<div><p>At the December Strategic Interest Group Event in Burlington, Jeff Mitobe, Engineering Manager with Northbridge Consultants, led a discussion about using government funds and receiving SR&amp;ED tax credits.</p> <p>With respect to SR&amp;ED, the key is to be able to demonstrate an iterative body of work with respect to the process for which you were…</p></div>Cat HaggertWed, 03 Jan 2018 14:59:08 -0500https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/nobel_laureates_nead_not_applyDiscovering Unobvious Similaritieshttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/discovering_unobvious_similarities<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/wMk55Dg3pK/thumbnails/nobel quote.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="nobel%20quote.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="wMk55Dg3pK" data-src="/.api2/binaries/wMk55Dg3pK/thumbnails/nobel quote.jpg?width=300"></p> <p>While not every manufacturer faces challenges to their supply chain from things like the effect of a hot summer on plant growth, drinking trends based on popular movies and television shows, long-term supply contracts that require them to buy everything that their suppliers produce, or highly regulated sales channels, all of those present could…</p></div>Cat HaggertTue, 19 Dec 2017 09:45:43 -0500https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/discovering_unobvious_similaritiesDoes Your Lean Program Result in Eustress or Distress?https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/does_your_lean_program_result_in_eustress_or_distress<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/R86pQ6BrmE/thumbnails/eustress distress.png?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="eustress%20distress.png" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="R86pQ6BrmE" data-src="/.api2/binaries/R86pQ6BrmE/thumbnails/eustress distress.png?width=300">Members who attended our October SIG at Innomotive Solutions Group came to talk about many aspects of lean implementation. They were concerned with how to deal with staff who were too busy to spend time on Lean initiatives. They wanted to know what pitfalls to avoid. They were also interested in how to apply Lean to the challenge of short lead…</p></div>Cat HaggertFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:39:56 -0500https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/does_your_lean_program_result_in_eustress_or_distressA Little Automation Goes a Long Wayhttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/a_little_automation_goes_a_long_way<div><p>Consensus is building that automation is becoming necessary. EMC members discussed Investing in Automation during our roundtable SIG on September 14<sup>th</sup> at Techplace in Burlington. Technology replaces boring or dirty jobs, increases quality and decreases variation, eliminates bottlenecks, reduces dangerous tasks to increase health and safety, or…</p></div>Cat HaggertWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:23:17 -0400https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/a_little_automation_goes_a_long_wayIf Hiring Is Easy for Your Organization, Skip this Blog Posthttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/if_hiring_is_easy_for_your_organization_skip_this_blog_post<div><table style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 50.0000%;">What do high schoolers (a.k.a. your future workforce) think when you say: <em>Firefighter, Doctor, Accountant, Spy</em>?<br></td> <td style="width: 50.0000%;"><img src="/.api2/binaries/5Nnb3QPQpW/thumbnails/profession collage.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="profession%20collage.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib fr-fir" data-ig-embed-key="5Nnb3QPQpW" data-src="/.api2/binaries/5Nnb3QPQpW/thumbnails/profession collage.jpg?width=300"></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 50.0000%;">What do they think of when you say: <span style="font-size: 18px;"><em>Manufacturer?</em></span><br></td> <td style="width: 50.0000%;"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br></p> <p>Many of our members have found creative ways to allow employees and their Grade 9 children to take part in Take Your Kid to Work Day with relatively minor…</p></div>Cat HaggertMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:43:21 -0400https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/if_hiring_is_easy_for_your_organization_skip_this_blog_postNothing Hidden in Visual Controlshttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/nothing_hidden_in_visual_controls<div><p>There was a huge variety of visual controls, in production areas as well as for safety and human resources functions. We were shown floor decals, magnets applied to metal waste barrels (and to racking, status boards, work assignment boards, and CI tracking boards). There were many versions of thermometer posters, which tracked injuries, quality,…</p></div>Cat HaggertTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:24:30 -0400https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/nothing_hidden_in_visual_controlsWhite Hat, Black Hat, or Something in Between?https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/white_hat_black_hat_or_something_in_between<div><p>What you think of when you hear the words “Ministry of Labour Inspector”? Do you think of someone who’s trying to help you avoid WSIB claims? Do you see an organization trying to level the playing field between employers? Is this a person who is going to help increase awareness of health and safety issues and support a positive health and safety…</p></div>Cat HaggertFri, 11 Aug 2017 15:05:42 -0400https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/white_hat_black_hat_or_something_in_betweenDiscipline Succeeds When Procedures Support Soft Skillshttps://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/discipline_succeeds_when_procedures_support_soft_skills<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/Mrj0bgnlb0/thumbnails/checks and xes.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="checks%20and%20xes.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib fr-fir" data-ig-embed-key="Mrj0bgnlb0" data-src="/.api2/binaries/Mrj0bgnlb0/thumbnails/checks and xes.jpg?width=300">The participants at the May 18 SIG on the Culture of Discipline didn’t waste too much time talking about poor discipline, beyond noting that many people fear that employees will leave if they’re disciplined. That did not seem to be a fear of those present in the room, however.</p> <p>In general, it was felt the discipline process needed to be fair, well…</p></div>Cat HaggertFri, 09 Jun 2017 10:51:10 -0400https://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcburling/discipline_succeeds_when_procedures_support_soft_skills