16 Oktober 2019

Results of MAESTRI R&D Project approved by the European Commission

To close the MAESTRI Project with a golden key, the final review meeting of this R&D initiative was attended by evaluators from the European Commission, who proved that the overall objectives of the project were fully achieved by the consortium.


The event took place this October at ISQ (Portuguese Institute for Welding…

…and Quality) and the representatives of the European Commission appreciated and approved the work done over the last four years.


We remind that the MAESTRI Project aims to develop a flexible and scalable management system that promotes good industrial and industry 4.0 management practices.


Implementing the Lean culture and Total Efficiency Framework in…

…the production processes of the MCG industry and MCG transportation business units, MCG was one of four real industrial environments of this European initiative.


The validation of the European Commission focused on the results achieved by the industrial partners in these four pillars:

  • LEAN Management System and presentation of the respective LEAN…

…tools developed by the Lean Institute Poland (LEIP).

  • Eco-efficiency: energy and environmental management systems (INEGI).
  • IoT Platform and Intelligent Sensors: applications and demos in real use environment (MicroProcessor, LINK).
  • Industrial Symbiosis: case studies, business impact, and toolkits to use (Cambridge University).

    Please see the links below to recall all the advances of…


    14 Oktober 2019

    MCG participates in ZF eVD2 project suppliers’ workshop

    MCG, through its MCG automotive business division, is one of the companies participating in the technical workshop that ZF organizes on October 17 for eVD2 project suppliers.


    The meeting is taking place in the city of Schweinfurt, Germany, and MCG’s participation is primarily intended to help ZF succeed in eVD2, a project…

    …that this manufacturer is currently pursuing or the development and production of components for hybrid and electric vehicles of the biggest car brands in the world.


    Events of this kind are one of the ways how a large manufacturer like ZF ensures that all the suppliers are aligned with their demanding business…

    …relationship and joint development requirements.


    And MCG’s attendance at this technical workshop is further proof that MCG automotive, with its 70 years of activity in the worldwide automotive component industry, is perfectly qualified to be part of ZF’s supply chain system, even more in a project like eVD2,…

    …which requires constant updating and consolidation of processes and information by each supplier.


    As with MCG, ZF is a company that follows the new trends in the automotive industry. In this sense, the eVD2 project in this technical workshop is another step in the innovation strategy of this manufacturer, which strives to…

    …provide efficient products that maintain a balance between individual driver needs and environmental preservation.


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    9 Oktober 2019

    MCG begins series production of a new train component project

    Following a constant growth and business diversification, MCG has started production of a new metal component that integrates the locomotive traction transformer produced by a major world manufacturer.


    This is an MCG transportation business division project and consists of the manufacture of a clamping frame system that ensures the correct tightness of…

    …the locomotive traction transformer.


    In these production processes, the strong experience of MCG transportation teams in welding of high thickness materials is critical. EN 15085-2 Certified Welding is an important prerequisite for meeting the demanding requirements of the customer.


    Find out more about the most recent projects that are…


    30 September 2019

    MCG presents the results of the ModSeat – Modular Light Rail Seat project

    MCG and the other members of this R&D consortium presented today at the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, the results of the ModSeat – Modular Light Rail Seat project, which over the course of several months has been the basis for developing an innovative concept of a seat for regional and…

    …intercity trains.


    MCG has coordinated various parts of the project throughout its development, with its R&D team highly involved in the process and in the consortium composed of four other entities: Instituto Superior Técnico, Almadesign, a company in the area of industrial design, SETsa – Sociedade…

    …de Engenharia e Transformação SA and ERT, a multinational of the automotive supply chain with industrial facilities in Portugal, Czech Republic and Romania. And the results at now at sight.


    As can be seen through the finished prototype that was on display during the event, Modseat is effectively a modular,…

    …versatile and customizable seat for trains, based on development and manufacturing processes using new processes and materials.


    The project’s main objective is thus achieved: Modseat is prepared to meet future demands for the public transport of its kind. Among other features, it’s lightweight and considerably increases passenger comfort using innovative…

    …materials and manufacturing processes, smart solutions and infotainment systems.


    On the other hand, it is a fully customizable seat that can be adapted to the customer’s needs and the type/level of service that they want to provide (different classes, markets, and their requirements).


    Recalling the various previous phases of the Modseat project:


    …target=”_blank” href=”http://www.mcg.pt/en/modseat-mcg-test-phase/”>MCG R&D: ModSeat project in full phase of functional tests and improvements

    » Modseat – Modular Light Rail Seat is taking shape at MCG

    » MCG’s Modseat R&D project website page.