News & Updates
September 23, 2020
Tips to Implement Safety Measures
G-WPO presentation for FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Reimagined, hosted by Eric Fasser
Definitely, a physicist’s approach to infection and a business-oriented scientific approach to working for a living vs staying alive! Look to find the data from the 1934 paper that anchored the reasoning for six-feet separation. Undoubtedly this was the first flowering of Wind4 ideas.
November 10, 2020
G-WPO certified as Solution Partner of TrendMiner, a Software AG business
We tried this software and liked it so much we wanted to be able to share it with the broader community. We qualified and are delighted to represent a democratizing product, one that enables engineers to replicate much of what skilled analytics experts are tasked to do. With TrendMiner software, users can analyze, monitor and predict performance of batch and continuous systems.
April 7, 2021
NY State Workforce Development Institute approves Krinos Application for G-WPO Wind4 Study
WDI is supporting the G-WPO proposal to introduce modern digital methods into this Bronx based food factory.
Results were almost immediate since G-WPO’s pre-packaged kit had items that could demo immediate time-saving practices. However – and very much to its credit – Krinos took those ideas and tools and enhanced them for durability. Moreover, the rebuilt-modules were easily replicated, a cost-saving initiative on their part since three were required.
Fortunately, the project ended with Krinos still utilizing – and even building-on – the Wind4 ideas.
Presenting Industry 4.0 to SMEs;
not just data - better, faster decision-making
See all four webinars made possible by NY State Workforce Development Institute.
There are three principal themes:
Migration away from traditional pen & clipboard methods to digital transformation is not just possible, it’s easy.
It is critical to recognize the concerns about the transformation from the perspective of both management and staff. These are often strongly felt; but all are addressable.
Creating the transformation will usher in a Golden Age of manufacturing as both staff and management can look forward to meaningful careers and world-class competitiveness.
Hosted by Eric Fasser, FuzeHub
Hosted by Dan Cullen, NY State Workforce Development Institute
October 1, 2021
G-WPO team begins competitively won six-month CESMII project: “Using CESMII SMIP to Optimize Continuous Cooling Tunnels for Industrial Food Processing”
This G-WPO -led CESMII project differed radically from the norm in which sophisticated factories collaborate with specialists in analytics to democratize top-level technology. In this project, a factory with minimal exposure to on-line measurements boldly committed to both real-time measurements and democratization of the results. And, CESMII gave this underserved sector of the manufacturing workforce a real opportunity to show what can be done. The team was presented with a duplex challenge in this project: a Wind4-style method to enable SMM demonstration of a Smart Manufacturing goal.
It's no mistake to label the Android tablet, headphones and tripod “team leader,” since it is the core technology that links all sites in real-time, using the G-WPO Lean & Clean method of Virtual Participation. Lean: highest possible efficiency; Clean: totally non-polluting.
February 10, 2022
G-WPO selected to discuss its work at CESMII Cross-Pollination Workshop
A subset of projects was brought together, virtually. As the invitation stated, “The main objective of this workshop is to bring together CESMII members to share knowledge about their respective project objectives, accomplishments, and developments.”
By the end of Month 4 of the project, the factory was gathering and data from two dozen sensors that the staff itself deployed. The employees, given a chance to upskill, create and demonstrate found all this to be both thrilling and expected. Many outsiders found such rapid success to be remarkable.
March 22, 2022
G-WPO’s colleague on CESMII project selected for panel at Manufacturing USA Virtual Network meeting
The invitation came directly to Jason Impson, the team manager at the factory, from John Dyke, CEO of CESMII. Here was another indication of CESMII’s commitment to SMM up-skilling.
The demonstrable progress is summarized succinctly in this one image. Starting with just a thermostat, the team added sensors. These, in turn, communicated with the CESMII SMIP and team located the signature of data profile of a process in distress.
There was also a suggestion that the experience Jason’s team benefitted from be considered for expansion to other SMMs.
March 23, 2022
G-WPO delivered the requested “Best Practices” document to DOE
While in appearance the Best Practices document is a straightforward, numbered presentation of how G-WPO worked jointly with its SMM client to get the CESMII project done, there were two extraordinarily important attributes uncovered. What appeared to be a routine request at from a learned DOE scientist at the project kickoff meeting, revealed unexpected value in Wind4, a tribute to the insight and intuition latent in sharing ideas at the agency.
These best practices – seven in all – though based on Wind4 concepts were a distillation of the specific factors that were pertinent to executing this particular CESMII project at this particular SMM. This distinction is important because it demonstrated to Wind4 proponents that although a teaching/exploration module, Wind4 can also be focused to address a specific critical need at a very high rate of speed.
The underutilization of staff at SMMs has become a cliché, but what to do about it under rigid constraints of spartan resources at such factories, appeared to be an insoluble problem. That Wind4/’Best Practices’ approach revealed a DEI component – a realization that these workers needed another chance at a bright future, and that together with CESMII support these Best Practices accomplished what had seemed impossible proved to be a delightful outcome. The slide on this topic speaks for itself.
April 20, 2022
G-WPO team member, Jason Impson, invited to speak again; this time on CESMII National Members call
And this time it was the CESMII, CTO, Dr. Haresh Malkani, who invited him – and with the very tolerant guidance, “you tell the story the way you want it to be told.”
He did. And two of the most important things he stressed were
The realization that his team had done a major service to the nation, demonstrating that NYMs could be modernized and made more productive while relying on committed existing staff to fully utilize the upskilling opportunity presented.
Virtual Participation is transformative. The guided DIY meant that he and his staff were active, knowledge gatherers. Not only was the factory changed – but so was the staff.
June 7, 2022
G-WPO CESMII team presented Innovation Award 2022 at Smart Manufacturing Experience,
Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Identical awards were presented for their joint work to Jason Impson, Nutrition Bar Confectioners; Sarah Burlingame, TDO; Henry Weber and Alan Ganz, G-WPO.
July 7, 2022
G-WPO and Versogen sign deal to optimize process for key Green Hydrogen polymer
Versogen, a well-funded, highly respected startup has developed a remarkably cost-efficient way to generate hydrogen. G-WPO intends to use its patent pending technologies in the areas of virtual analyzers and scale-up from lab to production to reduce the cost of a key building block and expedite acceptance of this safe, clean alternative energy source.
July 21, 2022
CESMII member MetalQuest presents G-WPO Virtual Participation method at SMM Affinity Group meeting
Scott Volk and his team at Hebron, Nebraska, MetalQuest, have been working with G-WPO to incorporate the time and energy -saving methods of Virtual Participation. Scott presented examples at the meeting and received an enthusiastic response.
August 3, 2022
G-WPO selected to present at CESMII Annual Peer Review
Invitation from CESMII, CTO, Dr. Haresh Malkani to be one of four projects for “CESMII to highlight selected technology and workforce development projects that have either been completed, or have made significant progress”.
G-WPO is eager to participate in a spirit of expressing appreciation and support to the agency that had taken a big chance on our being able to upskill a NYM to CESMII-readiness in six months.