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Put a Little Control in Your Quality

March 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

A recent trip to Switzerland taught me a lot about quality.Whether it applies to the $25,000 Swiss-made Omega watch I briefly had on my wrist or the high level of service at the region’s hotels and restaurants, the Swiss certainly know a thing or two about quality.But how do they get that way? I...

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P3 opportunities

March 22, 2017 | By Alma Johns

While the construction industry in general will benefit from the government's infrastructure plan, our metalworking industry in particular can exploit opportunities from this initiative too. The government’s $180 billion investment is a staggering amount. If a company’s products and services fit into the public infrastructure supply chain, it needs to successfully align its business strategies with this initiative.

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Aerospace Sector Report: A Jetstream of Trends

March 10, 2017 | By Nate Hendley

New manufacturing trends must compete with political developments to make headlines in the Canadian aerospace sector.

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Use Your Existing Equipment ... As Collateral

March 6, 2017 | By Ken Hurwitz

Struggling to manage working capital is the business issue I consistently hear about most from my customers, but what many business owners don’t know is the existing equipment on the floor can help fight this battle. Most people assume a busy manufacturer is flush with cash and that owners and...

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Manufacturing PMI signals fastest growth since December 2014

March 3, 2017

Canadian manufacturers reported a strong start to 2017, with business conditions improving at the fastest pace for more than two years. The upturn reflected higher output rates and new order growth in January, alongside a sustained rise in staffing levels. Looking ahead, around 41 per cent of the...

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5 IT Tools To Combat Thin Margins and Fierce Competition

February 24, 2017 | By Mark Humphlett

Software gives manufacturers the decision-making and quoting insights they need to achieve their profit goals for 2017 and beyond.

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Create Operational Excellence in High-Variety Environments

February 22, 2017 | By Kevin J. Duggan

Move from lean to operational excellence by creating a visual flow of value to the customer.

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Finding Zen One Book at a Time

February 21, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig describes his 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California, revealing the many philosophical discussions he had along the way.In some ways the book is an homage to Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, which...

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New program intends to enhance regulation of the engineering profession

February 17, 2017

On March 31 Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) will launch a new program to gather information on the practices of each of its 80,000 licence holders and gauge their professional knowledge activities. Under PEO’s Practice Evaluation and Knowledge (PEAK) program, practicing licence holders will...

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Where Does the Money Come From?

February 6, 2017 | By Ken Hurwitz

A general security agreement is the document that provides a lender a security interest in a specified asset or property that is pledged as collateral. In the event that the borrower defaults, this pledged collateral is seized and sold.

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Protect Your Business with a Buy/Sell Agreement

January 31, 2017 | By Mark Borkowski

These agreements spell out exactly how the business will continue to operate if an owner leaves the business.

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Roll-Kraft’s Woodbridge, Ont., facility recertified to ISO 9001:2008

January 31, 2017

Mentor, Ohio-based Roll-Kraft has announced the recertification of its Woodbridge, Ont., facility, Roll-Kraft Ltd., to ISO 9001:2008. The scope of this registration includes the manufacture and refurbishment of metal rolls and related equipment for the tube, pipe, and roll forming...

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Appropriation Process Should Never Be Inappropriate

January 23, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass fame, once wrote that life is but a dream. If he was right, I think I’d like to wake up now.The reason? To paraphrase another famous British author, this time the Bard of Avon himself: This is the winter of my discontent.As...

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One for all!

January 12, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Welcome to the new Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding web site! All the good features and content from the two previous sites, plus the material from the former Canadian Industrial Machinery web site are combined right here.We believe you’ll find that having the information...

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Private Equity Groups Are Looking At Manufacturing

January 6, 2017 | By Mark Borkowski

Lots of money, no deals available in the metalworking industry

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