OVERVIEW

Industry 4.0 is transforming the world of manufacturing. The convergence of digital, biological and physical innovations are lowering operating costs, increasing flexibility and responsiveness, reducing waste and improving product quality. These technologies are opening new doors for innovative, risk-taking companies and threatening to leave slow adopters behind.

CURRENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - British Columbia

Investing in new productive assets and technology is critical to keep manufacturers competitive. Over 40% of manufacturers identify uncertainty on the Return on Investment and Cost/Benefit as the main reasons they are not investing in new technology. CME’s Technology Assessment Program will help companies understand which technologies are best suited for their needs and provide greater certainty on investments.
  
The Technology Assessment Program connects SME Manufacturers in British Columbia with LEAN Facilitators to get customized Technology Assessments.
  
CME’s LEAN Facilitators will work on-site with your Company to create a customized plan on how to improve your productivity by capitalizing on existing assets and guiding your team in implementation of the latest advanced manufacturing technologies including hardware, software and cloud computing.
  
Upon completion of the Assessment, the Facilitator will recommend an action plan that will enable your business to make informed decisions to assess, purchase, adopt, implement, train and / or maintain new technologies.
  
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TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - Ontario

FUNDING UP TO $25,000 IN SAVINGS AVAILABLE APRIL 2020!

Keeping up to date and assessing how new technologies can be applied to maximize return on investment and improve your bottom line is a challenge. CME’s Technology Adoption Report shows that 42% of manufacturers identify uncertain ROI as the main reason why they are not investing in new technology.

Businesses that invest in digital technologies have a considerably better growth outlook than their non-adopting counterparts. This results in a wide range of potential benefits including:

  • Lower operating costs. Digitization opens the door to the collection of data that can be mined to identify efficiencies in existing operations, decrease downtime, and monitor and guide production activity.
  • Increased product quality. Advanced technologies can help to root out errors and deficiencies in production, boost quality control, and lead to overall improvements in the production process.
  • Higher innovation capacity. Technologies like 3D printing and electronic prototyping lower innovation costs and can unlock new abilities and capacity that were previously unavailable to producers.
  • Increased customer satisfaction. Digitization and advanced technology use can increase customer satisfaction by decreasing response times, creating more specialization and customization opportunities, and improving product quality.

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NRC-IRAP METAL ADDITIVE PROGRAM - CANADA

CME’s Canada Makes is administering a program to assist IRAP clients in determining the feasibility of using metal additive manufacturing processes for their own applications.

The advantages of metal additive manufacturing/3D printing are extreme design flexibility and ability to manufacture hollow shapes, ability to have multi-material multilayered structures, ability to make one-off parts without any additional tooling and much more. One of the most promising applications has been manufacturing of custom fixtures and tooling for various manufacturing processes.

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COALITION FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING - MANITOBA

Formed in 2017, CAM aims to raise awareness and coordinate input from Manitoba entities on advanced manufacturing initiatives. Our group unites Manitoba’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem and seeks to speak with one voice on issues affecting Manitoba’s advanced manufacturing environment. Led by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), and supported by WestCaRD, our work covers a series of projects of varying complexities and scope. Our strength rests in our ability to work together to leverage our resources rather than operating as stand-alone organizations.

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LEAN - CANADA

Embracing a Lean philosophy is one of the most powerful things your business can do.

Lean is a proven strategy for maximizing the potential of staff to deliver more value to the customer and to do this in less time, with less effort. The core concepts of Lean are to create a better flow of information, product or service and to spend more time adding value and less time on wasteful activities. Lean has been successfully applied in all sectors and all sizes of business, to deliver significant improvements in productivity, quality, safety and morale.

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CANADA MAKES - CANADA

Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada. The network covers a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing; reverse engineering 3D imaging; medical implants and replacement human tissue; metallic 3D printing and more.

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PEER COUNCILS - CANADA

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters brings executives and seniors managers together to exchange information, ideas, and insights. Members meet monthly in facilitated peer groups of 8 to 10 individuals from non-competing companies. The peer group model ensures high level of commitment and accountability which in turns offers valuable solution-seeking discussions.

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NEW: Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Tech Tuesdays Lunch & Learn

CME is hosting a series of 8 Lunch & Learn sessions that aim to help participants promote and create awareness of upcoming Advanced Digital Manufacturing solutions in their workplace, as well as network with industry experts in the advanced manufacturing sector. Learn how specific technology tools works and what companies are currently using advanced manufacturing solutions in their organizations.

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LEAN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (AM) - INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP

Advanced manufacturing (AM), also known as Industry 4.0, is about transforming the way products and services are produced and delivered in the service and manufacturing sectors. Nowadays, many organizations are leveraging digital technologies for efficient and profitable manufacturing that create a global competitive advantage. CME’s proven supports to help manufacturers address the issues and opportunities accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LEAN AM READINESS ASSESSMENT AND ADVISORY SERVICES

Lean AM Readiness Assessment and Advisory Services provide manufacturers with the necessary tools, real-life expertise and executive engagements that help organizations and supply chains to make the most out of Lean AM. These initiatives are available by specific regions; please check with your local CME representative for availability or contact for more information.