Volkswagen | May 20, 2020
Before using the DSS tool, the facility relied on a manual process for determining what projects to outsource. The manual process took five hours per day, while the DSS averaged just under six minutes to compile a plan. The manual process also only accounted for a project's due date and resulted in lower personnel utilization and manufacturing volume.
The system was piloted for two months in the VPC. "As expected, the generated plans exhibited excellent quality and significantly increased the utilization of personnel and, thus, the internal manufacturing volume," the paper reads. Along with the due date, the tools had to consider two limits to the VPC's manufacturing capacity: the number of qualified works and the number of power-driven hoisting platforms used to lift vehicles by their frames.
The VPC builds about 4,000 prototype vehicles every year with about 1,400 employees. In recent years, the operation has seen higher demand as a result of "increasing product variety worldwide, along with more extensive tests of mechanical functionality and an increase in electric vehicle components," the researchers noted.
MakuSafe | March 15, 2021
MākuSafe currently released two updates. The company has been leading as connected worker technology. Its updates are for those industrial organizations that need effective contact tracing and seeking industry 4.0 automation capabilities. By this, there will be a significant impact for industrial organizations all over the world. MākuSafe’s ability shows it can digitally connect workers to smart machines, smart buildings, and other factory automation technology.
Among the releases of updates, the first of these is built MākuSafe's RāngeView technology. The technology allows the wearable device to detect proximity to other wearables and other IIoT devices. The technology enables accurate contact tracing and offers a range of possibilities for integrating the connected worker with a smart factory. MākuSafe wearables are capable of speaking to IoT-enabled equipment and would provide significant opportunities for improved productivity. The company is now to start helping clients to control all the accesses to restricted spaces or machinery based where wearable device is present.
Besides, MakuSafe's cloud-based platform is at the heart of its latest innovation. It not only ingests data from its innovative workforce wearable technology but also functions as a robust business platform. This integrates with a customer and provides automated solutions. This gives an innovative integration and context between the connected worker and factory software.
On this, Gabriel Glynn, CEO, MākuSafe, mentions that connected workers are the future of every worksite across the world. Similar to safety glasses, hearing protection, and hard hats, workforce wearables are the next evolution. Increased safety and improved productivities are the driving forces behind Industry 4.0 and connected worker technologies like MākuSafe.
Furthermore, the MākuSmart software platform is also known for offering robust data analytics. It also excels in providing actionable high-priority notifications on an immediate basis in simpler ways. A complete reporting module has also been added for clients to extract and study meaningful data by creating custom reports or using a suite of pre-designed report templates.
One of these available templates allows on-demand contact tracing for any specified timeframe. If a worker is exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, their employer can provide notifications to those they have been within six feet of distance. For employers working in states where legislation has been passed like California's AB 685 and requires companies to have contact tracing knowledge and provide notifications to exposed workers, this enhancement eases that burden and can be adapted as regulations evolve.
Momentum Manufacturing Group | September 22, 2020
Momentum Manufacturing Group, one of the top ten largest specialty manufacturers in North America, was awarded a 2020 Vermont Business Growth Award by the Vermont Business Magazine. The award, based upon data accumulated by VBM, recognizes company growth based upon sales over the previous 5 years.
"We are proud to be recognized with the Vermont Business Growth Award; without a doubt, this award is the result of the ongoing hard work of all our associates," said Jim Moroney, CEO of Momentum Manufacturing Group. "Coupling their efforts with our investment in state of the art technology and equipment to give our team the best tools to excel at what they do, we are truly honored by this award."
2020 has been an unprecedented time in the US economy; the Vermont Business Growth Awards bring a positive perspective to the business climate as many companies are re-evaluating their operations and beginning to accelerate into reopening. 2020 was the 18th year Vermont Business Magazine hosted the award ceremony. This year's event was held virtually due to the COVID 19 pandemic.