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Advancements in Safety Technology Leads to Increased Safety, Productivity & Lower Costs

By | Manufacturing Safety | August 12, 2014 | 0 comment
As business leaders in the manufacturing industry, you are compelled to continually find ways to increase throughput, increase efficiency, and lower manufacturing costs. However, at the opposite end of the spectrum, you are also tasked with increasing employee safety and reducing incident rates. This can be a challenging balancing act for most companies, especially if safety and production are in a constant battle with each other. Luckily, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Major advancements in both safety and automation in the [...]

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Track & Trace in the Food and Beverage Industries

By | Manufacturing IT | August 5, 2014 | 0 comment
By: Rick Hargreaves, Manager, Regional Business Development –  Central Canada, Grantek Systems Integration – contact Rick Background In an industry that is becoming increasingly governed by the Safe Food for Canadians Act (CFIA) and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA-USA), it has become critical for Food and Beverage manufacturers to ensure, as much as possible, the safety of their products.  And should a potential recall event happen, Food and Beverage manufacturers need the ability to rapidly track every element of production and of product input to [...]

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Three Steps to Develop your Manufacturing Network Strategy

By | Manufacturing Best Practices ,Manufacturing IT ,Rockwell Automation - Manufacturing | July 29, 2014 | 0 comment
By: James Burnand, Director – Mid-Atlantic Region, Grantek Systems Integration It is important to take several steps when planning your industrial network strategy. Many times the reason that issues occur is that the organization has not formalized a strategy prior to the technology reaching them. Vendors, OEMs, Integrators and even your internal staff will look to technology solutions to solve their individual problems or drive their efficiency regardless of your preparedness.     Step 1 – Identify Architecture This isn’t as simple as doing a bit [...]

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Is it really time to migrate from PLC-5 to CLX?

By | Manufacturing Automation | April 16, 2014 | 0 comment
We all love the PLC-5 but it’s time to let it go, the era of the PLC-5 is quickly approaching the end. The classic PLC-5 and its associated 1771 I/O platform are going to be classified as Silver Series by Rockwell Automation (AB). It really is time to prepare for  the impending retirement of the iconic PLC-5.  Rockwell is giving us time to plan and manage any migration, the replacement for this series is the ControlLogix series (CLX). What does this mean for all of [...]

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Grantek sponsors the Mechatronics Capstone Design Symposium at University of Waterloo

By | Manufacturing News | March 27, 2014 | 0 comment
Grantek sponsors the Mechatronics Capstone Design Symposium at University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON – On March 14th, Grantek sponsored the 6th annual Mechatronics Capstone Design Symposium.  The Mechatronics Design Symposium is an opportunity for final year engineering students to present their Capstone Design projects, which are the culmination of the students’ entire engineering education.   Waterloo Engineering alumni Bryon Hayes and David Craig from Grantek’s systems engineering group judged the design component of the final year students’ projects. Some of this year’s projects include: The Cyculus – A virtual reality indoor biking machine that gives you [...]

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IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference 2014 – Intelligent Manufacturing at Hillshire Brands

By | Manufacturing Best Practices ,Manufacturing IT ,Manufacturing News ,Manufacturing Operational Excellence Blog | March 26, 2014 | 0 comment
IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference 2014 – Intelligent Manufacturing at Hillshire Brands Grantek's Ian Tooke will be joining Jonathan Riechert from Hillshire Brands at IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference 2014 to present Intelligent Manufacturing at Hillshire Brands, part of the Manufacturing Technologies Strategies track. The session will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:45 am - 9:45 am.In this session, attendees will learn how Riechert and his team met the challenges of a growing, dynamic business by tapping into the real-time, actionable information available in their production operations. In conjunction with Manufacturing IT Solution Provider, Grantek, the company delivered a Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) environment that puts the right information in the right form for the right people at the right time.

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Guide Introduced by Manufacturing Solutions Expert, Grantek Systems Integration

By | Manufacturing IT ,Manufacturing News ,Manufacturing Operational Excellence Blog ,Manufacturing Safety | March 4, 2014 | 0 comment
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Guide Introduced by Manufacturing Solutions Expert, Grantek Systems Integration FSMA guide available as a free download to help manufacturers understand and prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act. The free 9-page download will help manufacturing organizations truly understand the FSMA and its impact on manufacturing operations and ultimately get their manufacturing organization ready for the FSMA. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Guide is geared towards manufacturers’ management and operations teams who want to better understand the impact of the FSMA and how they can proactively prepare to make their manufacturing operations FSMA-ready.

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – Traceability

By | Manufacturing Best Practices ,Manufacturing IT ,Manufacturing News ,Manufacturing Operational Excellence Blog | February 10, 2014 | 0 comment
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – Traceability What is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how will it impact your food manufacturing operations? Traceability / food product tracing is the key. Food manufacturers are watching as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) evolves to the next level as comprehensive transformation of food safety laws are developing. The focus of the FSMA is to shift food contamination responsibility from response to prevention.

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