Wrapping up old-fashioned packaging ideas may be more difficult for some industries than others. Difficulties aside, however, the reality is that, as climate change begins to hit home around the world, it is time to get creative and far more benevolent toward our planet. In this feature, we explore several solutions to some urgent packaging issues that some of the world’s biggest brands are embracing.
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Industry 4.0How Technology is Transforming Traditional Manufacturing
Pundits love to use the term Industry 4.0 to describe the future of manufacturing. But what does the term really mean, and how will the tenets of Industry 4.0 impact day-to-day manufacturing operations?
Stainless Piping SystemsServing Essential Industries with High-Purity Piping
Stainless Piping Systems (SPS) is committed to the design, manufacturing, and installation of high-purity, intricate piping systems. SPS provides its services in applications ranging from multi-residential and commercial developments to industrial and laboratory settings. The company has built its success on a foundation of innovative engineering design, true prefabrication, and efficient installation. This results in a systemic approach to minimizing on-site interferences, which produces tremendously accurate manufacturing and the ability to meet construction schedules with expedited installation times.
Manufactured Solutions to Promote Social DistanceMinimizing Contact
When it comes to creating optimally functioning public spaces in the time of COVID-19, the entire world appears to be competing. In this feature, we look at how manufacturers can help improve safety within shared spaces.
Data Driven Workplace WelfareAn Ounce of Prevention
While no one plans to get physically injured or exposed to dangerous working situations at their place of employment, getting hurt on the job is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries were reported in 2019, as well as 888,220 nonfatal injuries and illnesses causing a private industry worker to miss at least one day of work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Preventing these types of injuries along with time missed — in fact, making a workplace as safe as possible — is imperative for all organizations. Unfortunately, the best of intentions don’t always lead to the best results.
Battery SolutionsPowering New Manufacturing Opportunities
In the past, batteries ended up in landfills or banished to boxes in the basement and forgotten. But today, as a new awareness has revealed the environmental fallout of used batteries, recycling has become the option for battery disposal going forward.
Ice River Sustainable SolutionsA Trusted Voice in the Canadian Recycling Industry
Four and a half years ago, Ice River was featured in Manufacturing in Focus as a manufacturer of environmentally responsible bottled water. Since that time, it has grown significantly and undergone a major transformation, rebranding under the new name Ice River Sustainable Solutions (IRSS) to demonstrate its increasing commitment to improving the plastics industry.
Can Degradable Plastics Reduce Waste?The Plastic Problem
Millions of tons of plastic are carelessly discarded annually, destined for landfills or leaked into the environment. Eight million tons of this plastic finds its way into the oceans each year. At this rate there will be more plastic in the ocean (by weight) than fish by 2050, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reports.
Addressing North America’s Skills DeficitThe Future is Female
With labour shortages hitting both American and Canadian manufacturing exceptionally hard, it is time to look beyond tradition toward women and minorities for solutions that will not only save manufacturing but secure economic growth across North America.
Coherix, Inc.Seeing Past COVID: A 3D Machine Vision Leader Soldiers On
Coherix, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been consolidating its position as a leader in the three-dimensional machine vision sector. As profiled in the February 2020 issue of Manufacturing in Focus magazine, the firm’s technological solutions allow machines to ‘see.’
Manufacturing for Public HealthChanging Course
N95 masks. Hand sanitizer. PPE. Respirators. Plexiglass barriers. Social distance signage. Rapid Testing Kits. Contact tracing apps. Vaccine against a previously unknown Coronavirus. In January 2020, who would have thought there was a need for manufacturers to ramp up production of any of these items? Or to deal with the grim reality that more body bags were required? But by March, the need for all these items and more was real, and manufacturers struggled to meet demands amid the growing public health crisis of a global pandemic.
Cleaner Manufacturing for Your Bottom LineGreen for Growth
Unless you strongly believe in the idea of making Mars a habitable planet, there really is no Plan B.
The Rise of AutomationA Century of Progress
Industrial automation—once confined to the pages of science fiction novels—has become a reality in manufacturing plants throughout the world. Computers, machines, and information technologies can now manage tasks in place of humans to create the factory of the future.
NGenA Culture of Collaboration for Public Benefit
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created insecurity and declining production in many areas of manufacturing, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada is taking the lead in forging new and creative pathways to long-term success.
PromationAn Expert Ontario Company Lays Down a World Standard in Robotics & Automation
Every successful business start needs a spark. When we asked Mark Zimny, P.Eng., founder of Promation, what led him to the world of automation and robotic systems, he replied “a love for machinery and automation.” It’s there for all to see.
Molded Precision Components (MPC)The Mobilization of MPC
Companies like General Motors and General Electric stopped on a dime to create parts that they had never created before for the war effort in the 1940s. Molded Precision Components’ (MPC) reaction to the pandemic earlier this year involved a similar change to help the world’s frontline workers.
IMV Inc.Making History: Contributing to the COVID-19 Vaccine
These days it’s difficult to remember a time when COVID-19 wasn’t dominating the daily news, when the pandemic and its devastating repercussions weren’t changing and rearranging almost every aspect of our personal lives and business worlds. While the disease has forced us to socially distance from one another for safety, it’s also brought scientists together in an effort to find a cure — or at least some protection — as quickly as possible. This means involving companies like IMV Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical firm with expertise in cancer immune therapy, in the worldwide fight to bring the pandemic under control in these extraordinary circumstances.
HelienePowering the Energy Transformation, From Right Here at Home
When looking deeper into Heliene, an innovative, North American solar panel manufacturer, two key elements stand out: a sense of excitement, and a sense of community.
Davey Textile Solutions Inc. (DTS)Looking Forward
These days, safety is everything. Edmonton, Alberta-based Davey Textile Solutions Inc. (DTS) has always believed that but during these strange times, it is more important than ever.
Cyclone ManufacturingSoaring Through Turbulent Times
Cyclone Manufacturing, Inc. is plotting its own promising course through an up and down aerospace industry. While the sector has experienced considerable turmoil recently, this family-owned firm will be well-positioned when economic conditions improve.
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