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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    4 April 2019

    MCG at INTECH 2019: Connectivity and Industry 4.0

    In its logic of continuous innovation and growth of competencies, MCG seeks to be in the events that most promote evolution in processes, equipment, and people. With that in mind, one of the most recent initiatives was the visit to INTECH 2019, a fair organized by Trumpf at its Ditzingen facilities,…

    …in Germany, and dedicated to industrial connectivity and industry 4.0 in general.

     

    The main objective of MCG’s presence in this type of events is to have direct contact with the new trends and innovations that characterize today’s industrial environments, in this case with respect to the MCG industry…

    …business unit. A perfect opportunity to get to know new technologies and processes, evaluating with the support of specialists their possible future integration in the set of equipment and solutions we can find in the company’s production lines.

     

    MCG was represented at INTECH 2019 by Nuno Simões, Maria João Ferreira, Luís Gonçalo…

    …and António Nogueira, all linked to the MCG industry business unit, and it was possible to clarify several issues and to request suggestions related to the resolution of technical problems and budgeting processes.

     

    The fair was attended by more than 3,000 professionals in the sector and focused on topics such as 2D…

    …and 3D laser cutting equipment, advanced punching and bending systems, 3D printing solutions and connectivity services/software in Smart Factory environments.

     

    More information on the INTECH 2019 official video and website:

     

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