Publications

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Simplifying the hardware insertion process

It’s hardware insertion. What could go wrong?
The odds of a major screw-up are small if the job isn’t complicated. Asking a person to insert one type of fastener into two holes normally is not a threat to disrupt production. Learn more...

Defining Industry 4.0 and its Impact on Manufacturing

“Revolutions” typically denote powerful social movements where existing processes and forms of leadership are replaced in favor of something more desirable. Revolutions mean change – and oftentimes, change brings with it challenges, risk and sacrifice. But change also paves the way for an exciting new future. Learn more...

The Smart Factory and the Future of Manufacturing

Picking up where we left of in part 1 of our discussion on “Industry 4.0“, it is important to address the role that people will play in Smart Factory manufacturing processes. Despite common misconceptions, people will continue to play a critical (albeit different) role. Learn more...

Documentation keeps the knowledge in-house

Every noteworthy quality improvement methodology calls for observation, analysis, planning, measuring, and reviewing work processes to get better results than achieved previously. For any of this to be successful, manufacturers need to document work instructions, corrections, and goals. Learn more...

CMP a model « smart » factory

About 50 Quebec manufacturers converged on the CMP company in Chateauguay, which had been presented to them as a model « smart » factory on Tuesday, September 20. Learn more...

Work instruction system creates visual standardized processes

VKS will demonstrate its web browser-based visual work instruction system that is designed to empower employees and provide them with the correct tools and instructions they need to be successful. Learn more...

Becoming a 21st-Century Manufacturer

In its most basic form, Visual Knowledge Share is a computer touchscreen and bar code scanner installed at a workstation. As a part for processing arrives at the station, an employee scans the attached barcode and instructions for the work— including text, video, and schematics— pop up on the screen. Learn more...

We have been published in the fabricator

About three years ago, CMP realized that it had the development muscle and the information technology architecture to begin working on software that would allow it to share work instructions with its shop floor via computers. Since then the virtual work instructions have moved beyond simply replicating word directions to now including pictures and video. The job details, called up when an employee scans a bar code, are delivered over the Internet. Learn more...

Congratulations to our 2 awarded VKS Employees

This is MP&P’s second year celebrating the best and brightest up-and-comers in Canada’s metalworking industry with our Top 20 Under 40 honours. This year, we received entries from right across the country. Honourees include business owners, apprentice machinists, welders, fabricating specialists, and researchers — among others. All of the people included here have a broad skill set and a commitment to making this industry the best that it can be. Learn more...

Second Sight, Assembly Show

After only 10 minutes of walking The ASSEMBLY Show floor on opening day [October 29], I no longer felt the chill of a cold October morning in Chicagoland. The reason was not that the show floor hall was warm. Rather it was that my thoughts had turned to Jamaica after coming across the Jamaica Promotions Corp. (JAMPRO) booth. Learn more...

The Assembly Show

Tabletop robots, error-proof fastening tools and a manufacturing app for the Google Glass were among the myriad new technologies that dazzled manufacturing engineers and managers attending the second annual ASSEMBLY Show. Learn more...

Improved throughput and testing with visual instruction support

In the past few years, we have started to see the proliferation of systems that help machine operators better understand what they are working on through visual representations – for instance, several fabricating companies now have controls that allow you to see what you are bending on-screen as you bend a part. Learn more...

Manufacturer Improves Quality, Productivity While Reducing Workstation Clutter

“The operator’s station, whether it was machining, welding, bending, or assembly was always full of part drawings and instructions,” explained Engineering Manager Marco Guzman. “They would constantly be flipping pages while working to make sure they were at the right step in the process and that the quality was where we needed it to be.” Learn more...

Visual thinking for the shop

Every shop uses some sort of work instuctions method, but the majority of the time it is not ideal. Now there is a new way to easily create and share work instuctions, standardize best processes, reduce errors, increase efficiency, and most importantly, satisfy customers. Learn more...

Visual work instructions and the paperless factory

Going paperless on the production line has never been easier. A variety of systems are available that allow manufacturers to use visual work instructions to boost productivity and improve quality. Learn more...

Enclosure manufacturer CMP developed its VKS software to reduce defects

Enclosure manufacturer CMP developed its VKS software to reduce defects and now it’s available to other manufacturers. Learn more...

New Communication System Lowers Costs and Improves Quality

VKS was officially launched in May at the American Society of Quality Conference in Indianapolis. Learn more...

Offshore is no longer a bargain

Chateauguay, Que.-based CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions manufactures aluminum, steel, and stainless steel enclosures. The privately-held company expects revenue of $70-million for the next 12 months. Mr. Zimmermann won’t say whether this is an improvement from last year. Learn more...

Is There a Technological Solution to the Manufacturing Skills Gap?

There’s trouble on the horizon for U.S. manufacturing.
According to a 2015 Deloitte study, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next decade. That should be great news, but a lack of appropriately skilled workers means that 2 million of those jobs could remain unfulfilled. Learn more...

Software Solution Helps Companies Share Knowledge

Designed as a module-based software, VKS from Visual Knowledge Share Ltd. helps companies create and share visual work instructions, while having an easy to use tool to capture in-process quality and productivity data. Learn more...

Saving trees: The paperless factory

Thick packets of work instructions, job travelers, tooling lists and part drawings are a common sight in most shops. Everyone from the receptionist to the head engineer participates in printing this small forest’s worth of paper, while operators and quality control people struggle to make heads and tails of it all. Then along comes an engineering revision or customer change request and everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off, swapping paperwork and redlining drawings. There has to be a better way. Learn more...