29 May 2019

MCG at Academia Meets Auto-Industry event: the company’s proactive reaction to the growing challenges in the automotive industry

MCG was present at the Academia Meets Auto-Industry, an event that took place recently at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, and brought together several car manufacturers, component manufacturers and other entities related to the sector.

 

The main objective was to share knowledge and present solutions within the scope of the latest challenges…

…facing the automobile cluster, among them the electrification of propulsion systems, robotization and the digitization of processes. All of which involves Industry 4.0, as well as future trends in materials and related processes.

 

In the voice of Carlos Saraiva, New Business Development Director, MCG participated actively in the segment “Materials and Processes:…

…Industry Drivers and R&D Needs”. The focus was on the theme “New Materials are Shaping the Future of the Auto-Industry”, highlighting the current developments in materials and processing technologies, as well as how companies should adjust to this development.

 

“These events are important mechanisms for networking with other relevant companies and for…

…benchmarking the best practices of entities within this changing industrial context”, says Carlos Saraiva, explaining that “MCG is reacting proactively in several aspects addressed, giving attention and implementing actions within the scope of Industry 4.0, strategies of digitization and robotization “.

 

As shown at the event, MCG is…

…also aware of the latest materials involved in automotive construction and its transformation technologies. At the same time, the company maintains proximity to customer development teams to participate in the development of products, creating effective partnerships that can give rise to new solutions, namely materials to be…

…used in the future and respective processing technologies, joining and surface treatments. Good examples of this are the various projects developed in the company’s R&D department, namely the Latch 1, Latch 2, Ultraforming, SLM-XL and Maestri projects, for example.

 

Briefly, MCG gave the reasons that justify the search…

…for new materials for this industry (environmental, safety, comfort and other related costs issues), showed some of the materials used today and also explained how companies must adapt to this changing future.

 

Among other conclusions, there are fundamental ideas to be faced with the future of the automotive industry, in which companies…

…must reflect:

 

  • All Supply Chain companies, as well as automotive manufacturers, should work together to meet this challenge and to follow up on this evolution.
  • The specific qualifications and expertise of Technical Staff, Engineers, and Business Developers will be more than ever a key point in the company’s strategy.
  • The connection…

…to the Customer Engineering Departments, during the sales process, is fundamental to the participation in the development of the products, in order to influence them in accordance with the common objectives.

  • Procurement and/or Procurement Departments will play a fundamental role in the strategic positioning of companies in order to promote sources…
  • …of supply and/or partnerships applicable to strategic implementation.

  • Companies must be constantly evaluated in production processes and technologies in order to be able to invest correctly.
  • Production processes will have to adapt to a large number of different materials.
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    23 May 2019

    MCG maintains ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Certification

    MCG maintains the Environmental Certification ISO 14001:2015, following the first follow-up audit carried out recently to the company’s Environmental Management System.

     

    This result consolidates the investment made by the company in this sense, as well as all the work that has been developed by MCG teams in this area. This work is…

    …strongly based on the constant adoption of good practices that guarantee the continuous improvement of the company’s environmental performance and help reduce the impact of its activity. It responds not only to the environmental legislation but also to the requirements of several customers and the local community.

     

    Compliance with the ISO 14001:2015…

    …standard in the MCG automotive business unit proves the rational use of energy and resources, as well as the achievement of strategic objectives through the incorporation of environmental issues in company management and the cross-cutting involvement of the entire structure around environmental management.

     

    MCG strengthens its commitment to…

    …reducing the likelihood of environmental hazards, such as emissions, spills and other such accidents. At the same time, it reduces costs over time by improving the efficiency of all processes inherent to its activity.

     

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    SHIP Project

    15 May 2019

    Industrial solar thermal system under MCG’s R&D SHIP Project enters its final stage

    Following the presentation at the Intersolar Europe 2018 fair and several stages of development, the SHIP Project – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes has finally reached the final stage with the installation and start-up in the infrastructure of Kemet Electronics Portugal, company of Évora that also forms part of the consortium…

    …led by MCG.

     

    This MCG R&D project is based on the development and implementation of a pilot-turn-key industrial thermal solar system for small and medium-sized enterprises looking to invest in a clean and renewable heat process. This solar thermal system is an industrial application that uses the Concentrating Solar Energy with storage…

    …of energy in the form of heat.

     

    The SHIP Project intends to highlight the technical and economic advantages of the concept of solar heat for industrial processes. Its implementation should result in greater energy efficiency in the units in which it will be installed, resulting in lower energy bills and thus lead…

    …to a better acceptance of solar thermal technologies with storage.

     

    Based on a modular approach and designed to simplify the decision making of these entities in relation to the adoption of a clean and renewable heat process, this system is the result of the work done so far by the SHIP consortium:

     

  • MCG mind for metal: project leader, generally responsible for the production of this solar CPC system.
  • KEMET Electronics Portugal: the company that is receiving the installation and operation of the system.
  • OnControl Technologies: the company responsible for the layout of control and automation that allows integration into the target systems.
  • INEGI…
  • …- Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management: responsible for the project design and creation, as well for the design of the energy storage system.

  • University of Évora: entity responsible for the CPC’s design and for the design and testing of the developed system.
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    The SHIP – Solar Heat for Industrial Processes…

    …Project has the next June 30th as the date for its official closure.

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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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