Canadian Manufacturing’s Top 5 quotes from spring, 2022
by Madalene Arias
Some bits of insight from leaders of the manufacturing world.
Our discussions with leaders and innovators of the manufacturing world would indicate that many companies have handled the repercussions of the global pandemic, and now they’ve refocused their efforts on finding solutions to pre-pandemic issues that have never stopped playing a role in the industry — waste reduction, new legislations, talent shortages, administrative challenges. Here are some bits of insight from the people who make up this industry to help paint this picture.
“The banned plastics are heavily used in the retail consumer market and they end up in landfills and in our water systems so it makes sense to ban, but the Canadian government has provided alternative solutions to change consumer actions. The ban might be a little premature.”
Calvin Mazurenko, Managing Director with Berry Global Inc.
“The key takeaway is that this isn’t really about replacing their in-house expertise or engineers or data science efforts. It’s really about augmenting and giving them a platform so that any efforts that are regionalized or local can be scaled across their entire organization. It’s about giving them a toolset or framework that they can use to operationalize AI and digital twins in their organization.”
Thouheed Gaffoor, CEO at Basetwo AI.
“Our main goal is to make it easier for manufacturing facilities and services providers to do business together. The administrative component of billing should be the least concern for them.”
Wesley Sessenwein, CEO and Co-Founder at PayShepherd.
“You need a helicopter pilot to fly a helicopter. It’s the same thing with 3D printing. You need that very specialized degree to be able to use the machine. That’s a problem. We need to be able to make it so it’s a generalist thing.”
Yevgeni Brif, Metal Additive Manufacturing Specialist, Burloak Technologies Inc.
“We used to make robots for hazardous environments to help in nuclear and emergency response situations, and in 2021 we pivoted to doing this. We saw that bigger corporations were able to deploy robots already, but small manufacturers who were struggling to find labour were not able to find affordable robots. We want to communicate to them that we’re here for them.”
Taiga Robotics, CEO and Co-Founder, Dmitri Ignakov.