MAESTRI Project

8 juillet 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…

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    27 juin 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 about SHIP Project. Please watch the event video…

    …at MCG’s LinkedIn or Facebook.

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    19 juin 2019

    MCG automotive guarantees production of components for another car platform

    MCG maintains long-term relationships with some of the world’s largest players in the automotive industry with several projects that distinguish MCG automotive by its advanced teams, technologies, and processes. Within this business unit, MCG recently secured a new production project for another large-volume automotive platform.

     

    Starting in September, the project consists of…

    …a stamping process of three pairs of components that are destined to the suspension systems of the PSA platform which serves the new Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa.

     

    The parts in question have complex technical characteristics, a pair of which is usually produced by the customer. MCG automotive’s strong experience in this…

    …area, as well as high-performance indices in development, production, and logistics/component delivery, are the reasons why the customer opted, this time, for requesting the external production of these important components.

     

    Due to the company’s long experience in this segment, MCG automotive is perfectly prepared for the challenge in terms of technologies, processes,…

    …and specialized technicians and engineers as well. It’s expected a production volume of 700.000 units/year for each one of the six components. The stamping process involves the operation of two progressive presses for about 960 and 1,920 hours per year.

     

    Learn more about the MCG automotive technologies involved in the…

    …on LinkedIn or follow this MCG news section to find out more about all the projects developed by the company.

     

     

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    29 mai 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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    …news section to find out more about all the projects developed by the company.

     

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