Reminders

Burlington/Oakville, Hamilton, Milton

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began in 1994 and was designed to enhance trade opportunities between Canada, the US and Mexico. It has been 24 years since that Agreement was first put into place. Negotiations continue with Canada playing an active role on all 28 tables. There is a lot of uncertainty at present as the future of NAFTA and cross-border trade is discussed.


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THE IMPACT OF BILL 148: Regardless of the size, sector or location of your business in Ontario, you are most likely discussing the impact of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 otherwise known as “Bill 148”. Without a doubt, there is a lot of information to process regarding this legislation which requires attention and review of any number of your company policies.


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Nobel Laureates Need Not Apply

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With the headlines full of stories about Ontario’s labour law changes, it’s refreshing to take some time to hear about ways that governments assisting businesses financially.


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Discovering Unobvious Similarities

By Cat Haggert

As members know, one of the best things about attending an EMC SIG event is gaining an understanding of the pain points in other sectors. Recently, at a SIG event held at Arterra Wines Canada, the audience comprised one other wine producer, two food producers, and nearly half a dozen manufacturers outside of the food/beverage sector.


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Do your Lean activities result in the positive fatigue of a job well done? Does Lean wear out your CI staff? How can you initiate and maintain momentum for continuous improvement?


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A Little Automation Goes a Long Way

By Cat Haggert

Collaborative robots. Lack of skilled tradespeople. Industry 4.0. Increased health and safety requirements. The Internet of Things. Tighter quality standards. Where is this headed?


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Take Our Kids to Work Day (on November 1, 2017, in most provinces and territories) is an annual opportunity to educate future workers about great manufacturing jobs, boost employee morale, and raise your profile in the community. Before you dismiss the idea of taking part, read on!


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Nothing Hidden in Visual Controls

By Cat Haggert

If visual controls are supposed to provide information is at a glance, why did we spend so much time talking about them? At the last SIG we had to impose strict time limits on each company so that everyone could have a chance to share slides of their visual controls with the group.


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You'll never live long enough to make enough mistakes to learn everything you need to know. Take it from a Ministry of Labour inspector (who sees a lot of mistakes) -- a robust health and safety culture is a wise investment.


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Some initiatives, such as 5S, naturally improve discipline in a plant. However, most discipline issues sit squarely in the soft side of management: dealing with people.



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