Reminders

Burlington/Oakville, Brantford, Hamilton, Milton

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Nobel Laureates Need Not Apply

By Cat Haggert

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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Setting aside philosophical discussions of whether humans are "assets" or the motive force of your organization, making sure you have the right human with the right skills in the right place at the right time is what succession planning is all about.


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So Much Waste in Poor Ergonomics

By Cat Haggert

When Comtek Advanced Structures agreed to host the April Burlington/Oakville SIG, the proposed topics were Ergonomics and Harnessing Innovation. But for Comtek, the two are intertwined. On April 13, Comtek presented a best-practice sharing SIG that focused on their lean efforts on one of their older lines, and showed how lean innovation and ergonomics drive each other.



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