16 October 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).
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    Please see the links below to recall all the advances of…

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    MAESTRI Project

    8 July 2019

    MCG consolidates results of the MAESTRI Project

    MCG recently participated in the Final Conference of the MAESTRI project to present the results of this R&D project that aims to develop a flexible and scalable management system that promotes good industrial management practices and industry 4.0.

     

    As one of the four real industrial environments of this European initiative, MCG continues…

    …to energize the implementation of the Lean culture and the Total Efficiency Framework in the production processes of MCG industry and MCG transportation business units.

     

    After summarizing MAESTRI project progress to date, each of the four pilot frameworks in real-life context has shown in detail the results they are achieving, with direct…

    …correspondence to the four pillars of the program:

     

    • INEGI – Eco-efficiency: environmental and energy management systems.
    • LINK – IoT and sensors: applications and demonstrations in real-life environments.
    • Cambridge University – Industrial Symbiosis: case studies, business impact, and toolkits to use.
    • Lean Institute, in partnership with MCG – Application of the LEAN…

    …Management system and presentation of the respective LEAN tools developed.

     

    In addition to the interesting presentation by Steve Evans of the University of Cambridge (on the challenges of European industry in an evolving world), the focus was on presenting how the LEAN Management system is being applied in MCG.

     

    We recall that in…

    …practical terms, and through various initiatives with the other partners of the consortium, the MAESTRI project has enabled MCG to implement several production monitoring systems on the shop floor. Here are some improvements:

     

    • It has been possible to review the concept of performance indicators of some production teams, applying good management…

    …practices in the team and training team leaders to conduct daily operational meetings, which translate into interesting productivity gains.

  • Follow-up of internal rejection and problem-solving methodologies now demonstrate greater control at the level of various indicators.
  • The connection to the laser cutting and punching machines, bending machines, and welding machines now…
  • …allow data collection of production, energy consumption, and others, which makes it possible to show operators in the factory their performance indicators in terms of productivity, quality and availability.

  • This same link also feeds a MAESTRI platform that is being developed within this project and will allow in the future to…
  • …make evolutionary analyses that confirm the implemented improvements.

     

    The MAESTRI project will have a final review with the European Commission, in parallel with its official closure, on 8 and 9 October, at ISQ (where this final conference was also held).

     

    Remember the advances of the MAESTRI project at MCG as one of four…

    …projects developed by the company.

     

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    27 June 2019

    MCG presents the results of the SHIP – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes project

    MCG and the other members of the consortium presented yesterday the results of the SHIP – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes and the demonstration prototype of the solar thermal industrial system developed under this R&D project. The closing event of the project took place at the Alentejo Science and Technology Park…

    …in Évora.

     

    MCG assumed the coordination of the project in a consortium also composed of the University of Évora, INEGI, and the companies OnControl and KEMET Electronics Portugal. And it was precisely in the facilities of this company that the participants in the event had the opportunity to see the whole system…

    …that serves this technology of capture and accumulation of solar thermal energy for industrial processes.

     

    The event began with the presentation of all phases of project development, by the heads of all the entities that make up the SHIP consortium. Then it was possible to watch the demonstration of the whole system…

    …in operation in the technical platform installed in KEMET Electronics Portugal.

     

    The installation in question exemplifies with complete success the possible direct integration of this solar thermal technology into industrial processes of medium temperature, fully validating a future approach to the market.

     

    The technical and economic advantages of implementing a system such as…

    …SHIP are evidenced and can result in higher energy efficiency in the industrial units where installed. It is a solution born from several technologies that the various entities linked to the consortium have developed successfully over the last few years.

     

    More info about SHIP Project. Please watch the event…

    …video at MCG’s YouTubeLinkedIn or Facebook.

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    3 May 2019

    MAESTRI project at MCG: flexibility, resource optimization, and waste reduction

    MCG continues the implementation of the Lean culture and the Total Efficiency Framework as one of the four real industrial environments of the MAESTRI Project, a European initiative that is developing a flexible and scalable management system that promotes best practices in industrial management and industry 4.0.

     

    MCG recently attended the 7th…

    …Project Meeting (held in April in Wroclaw, Poland) with Gonçalo Almeida, Metal3 Industrial Director, the production unit that holds MCG industry and MCG transportation activities. The main objective was to present the company’s advances in activities related to industrial symbiosis, eco-efficiency, Eco-Lean management,…

    …monitoring of production data, and the implementation of an IoT platform.

     

    In practical terms, and through various initiatives with other consortium partners, the MAESTRI Project has enabled MCG to implement several monitoring systems on the shop floor. Here are some improvements:

     

    • It has been possible to review the…

    …concept of performance indicators of some production teams, applying good management practices in the team and training team leaders to conduct daily operational meetings, which translate into interesting productivity gains.

  • Follow-up of internal rejection and problem-solving methodologies now demonstrate greater control at the level of various indicators.
  • The connection to the…
  • …laser cutting and punching machines, bending machines, and welding machines now allow data collection of production, energy consumption, and others, which makes it possible to show operators in the factory their performance indicators in terms of productivity, quality and availability.

  • This same link also feeds a MAESTRI platform that is being…
  • …developed within this project and will allow in the future to make evolutionary analyses that confirm the implemented improvements.

     

    The MAESTRI project is in its final phase and is scheduled for completion next June when the results will be published.

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