How Technology Shapes the Vision of Manufacturing

Dream boldly and big. When we think casually about the future it usually starts with impulses such as, “If only I could,” or “I would like to,” with our minds quickly picturing a power being granted, the want being fulfilled, or wish be granted. This same urge may be applied in a more rigorous way to how the future of manufacturing is envisioned. We should be thinking about what constraints are holding us back currently and imagine what the situation would be like of these constraints were entirely removed or eased.

It is definitely the direction that technology moves in. We can expect that machinery and machine shops will continue to become more flexible, more reliable, and more capable. They will become smaller or larger, as the size advantage becomes more apparent. Similarly, our measurement devices, computer systems, cutting tools, and so forth, will continue to improve. At first, these changes might seem incremental, but magnifying the implications can lead to insights. How can these advances be exploited? What opportunities will be opened up?

Expect the Unexpected with Manufacturing

cmm shop sarniaWhenever wishful thinking turns into imaginative thinking, frequently it will lead to thinking that is profoundly inventive. Inventiveness is a very powerful force that helps to shape manufacturing. Just like high-powered light forms are used by cutting processes, highly controlled electrical energy sparks and high-pressure water streams were not thought of at one time, and there are developments that are equally amazing that lie ahead in the future. Processes that build up instead of removing material are currently making significant changes to manufacturing landscape. Who knows what forces have not been harnessed yet? Maybe we will learn how to manipulate gravity or magnetism in order to arrange particles into various objects that have astonishing properties.

Always Consider Consequences

All of us know that no matter how compelling our daydreams and wishes are, that there could be some negative consequences if they actually did come true. The same is true when it comes to our visions of the future factory. It would be wise of us to watch for any negative reactions or unintended results from apparent benefits. Conflicts will undoubtedly arise, as we are seeing currently in the crises over our personal privacy and data security.

Employ Contrarian Thinking

Consumer preferences may change overnight. For example, our materialistic impulse for acquiring lots of things seems to be being replaced by an interest in having fewer, more handcrafted or more personalized good. Being rooted within a community might outweigh upward mobility with many turning down high-paying jobs. The expansive industrial park and suburban sprawl may be defied by walkable neighbourhoods that contain a group of micro-factories. Society might start pulling back from any digital connections that appear to be divisive and intrusive. In industry, I don’t think those concerns will diminish the movement towards data-driven manufacturing. However, it could be a bumpy ride as a result.

Maybe the most useful way to think about the future begins with “I hope.” Those words inspire being committed to a positive direction and renewal. Hope doesn’t ever sneer at change, even change that appears to be very disruptive. Hope just smiles back.

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Safety For An Organized Workplace

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5S programs have been implemented by many companies in order to improve work area organization through setting necessary items in order; shining up the work area so that cleanliness is promoted; standardizing organization through adopting work area guidelines or rules; and sustaining organization through the work area being audited on a regular basis to ensure that prescribed standards are adhered to. However, many people have suggested that a sixth “S” is needed for addressing safety specifically. Although drawing attention to safety within the workplace is always a good idea, CMM believe that it can be effectively incorporated into the current five points.

Whenever a 5S program is launched, a company should go through each of the points in a sequential manner. This is the proven path to create and maintain organization. The approach also helps to ensure that safety gets address as an organization is moving its efforts forward.

Here is how that can happen:

Sorting: There are two main goals: Identifying items that are no longer needed, and limiting the quantities of necessary things. When everything that is contained within an area is evaluated is also has the additional benefit of determining which equipment is actually being used and whether or not it is operating safely and properly. It is an opportunity to review potential risks for operators as well as other employees who work within the area. Frequently, equipment’s condition and its potential for being operated unsafely is a major determining factor in whether or not it remains in the area or is removed. When sorting is done effectively is reduces how much clutter an area has, which leads to reduced hazards and a work area that is safer all-around.

Setting in Order: The process involves finding the best places for necessary items to be stored. Safety plays an important role in choosing these areas. Decisions regarding storing heavy and large items, handling and storing tools as well as other types of sharp items, locations of certain areas that need to be kept clear (like aisles and areas that are in front of a utility panel) as well as the best locations for safety equipment (eyewash stations, safety showers, fire extinguished, and more) need to be made with employee safety in mind.

Shining: This has to factor into safety. Cleaning chemicals need to be properly stored, handled and disposed of. Mops and brooms need to be stored i a place that is easy to access but also secured when not being used. Just propping these items against doors, cabinets or wall is not safe and may cause injuries. When equipment or machines are in need of cleaning, there need to be safety protocols integrated into the cleaning process and all those who are involved need to clearly understand them. “Danger” and “warning” signs must always be adhered to. Shining offers yet another chance to check equipment and machines for unsafe conditions, like leaky valves and pipes, holes in hoses, and frayed wires.

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Why We Love CNC Machining Services (And You Should, Too!)

Computerized numerical control machining, or CNC, is re-shaping the modern manufacturing industry. There are many things we love about their methods. We’re talking fully automated metal fabrication processes designed to save manpower and time off. Maybe you’ll love how their processes help prevent errors, which slow down operations. Computerized numerical control is ideal for making three-dimensional shapes or complex metal shapes. For the smallest needs, CNC machinery might not be the best choice, but for the competitive industry, it’s typically the best. Read more

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How to Pick the Right Supplier From a List of CNC Milling Machine Companies

Your business reputation is built on quality and consistency. It’s important that you maintain both to stay competitive, if not dominate, in your industry. Part of doing so requires investing in the right supplier that will meet your specific needs. And when you’re in the heavy machines industry, be it petrochemicals or mining, that means choosing the best CNC milling machine company.

CNC milling machine companies can provide you with fabrication jobs or maintenance work on your machines. Whether you are looking to get a large quantity of components or you require heat treatment on short notice, your CNC milling machine service should deliver.

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Reputable Large Machine Shops in Canada

Investing in the Services of Reputable Large Machine Shops in Canada

Canada’s economy is one of the largest and most reliant in the world. Experts attribute the country’s continuous growth and development to their rich natural resources, high literacy rates and stable governance. While some economists are now concerned about the slow growth in certain provinces, many are still certain that recovery is on the horizon. And one factor that backs up this positive outlook is the stable and sustainable industry of large machine shops in Canada.

In many ways, the presence of a robust large machining industry is a sign of a healthy economy. Demand for large machine services means there is also a demand for large-scale products, equipment and processes that contribute to healthy financial activity in the region.

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The Demand For High Quality Welders On a National Level

Welding is the trade you want to be in, especially in Canada. Not only is the skill in high demand, but highly qualified welders cannot be easily replaced. At a national level there are upcoming projects that will heavily rely on welding and large fabrication, and meeting the welder demands for these projects over the next few years should prove to be a challenge.

A skilled welder is classified by the level of training they’ve received; obtained at trade school, or through a union program or possibly a college or university. Those who take part in a qualified program/course can expect to receive proper training to acquire the technical and technique they need to be classified a skilled welder. However, different courses and programs may deliver content in a different way. As for how a welder’s skill is measured, they need to take part in practical testing. An example of this is the CWB (The Canadian Welding Bureau) Welder Qualification.

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Canadian Government Support For CNC Machining Programs Can Create Job Opportunities For Indigenous Students

Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, made an announcement that they would spend $935,000 for CAHRD (The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development) to support CNC ( Computer Numerical Control ) skills acquisition for Indigenous students.

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