In the heart of Hamilton, Ontario, lies a manufacturing powerhouse that has been shaping the industry since 1948. Formerly known as Jervis B. Webb Company of Canada Ltd., Daifuku Manufacturing Canada Corporation manufactures material handling systems components, conveyors, electronic controls, and related automation for airport baggage handling and automotive assembly plants worldwide.

Daifuku has focused their resources on every phase of metalworking technology and with offices across Canada, they serve a variety of industries including automotive, airports, mining, metallurgical, warehousing, distribution, pulp and paper, manufacturing, and newspaper with single-source turnkey solutions.

Proudly participating in CME’s Technology Investment Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Daifuku invested in IoT machine monitoring technology.

Machine monitoring is playing a pivotal role in increasing Daifuku’s production efficiency by providing real-time insights into equipment performance, downtime analysis, and predictive maintenance. By harnessing the power of real-time insights, Daifuku has unlocked new frontiers in production efficiency. The implementation of IoT machine monitoring technology has enabled the company to identify bottlenecks, optimize workflows, and minimize downtime like never before.

The collaborative development of the monitoring system between management and shop floor has encouraged a culture of continuous improvement. Wasteful activities that once lurked unnoticed have been brought to light, allowing for swift corrective action. Employees, empowered by newfound insights, have been strategically deployed to maximize machine uptime, resulting in an increase in industrial saw value-add time by over 30%.

While still in the early stages of development and deployment throughout the entire facility, Daifuku is confident that this technology will further reduce meeting time and increase machine uptime.

Looking ahead, Daifuku’s journey with IoT machine monitoring technology is far from over. The technology has been a perfect catalyst to generate additional digital project improvement ideas that they can integrate into their manufacturing operations. Moreover, the spin-off digital projects hold immense potential to be marketed to other manufacturing companies seeking to optimize production planning and workflow. Already, Daifuku has welcomed two new clients eager to leverage its machine monitoring technology, signaling a promising future of growth and expansion.

Manufacturers interested in learning more about adopting this technology are welcome to contact Daufuku’s Cheryl Nikolov via email –

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

FedDev Ontario is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Southern Ontario. FedDev generates jobs and economic growth through programs and services, and financial support. Together with businesses and community partners, FedDev works to build a stronger Southern Ontario.