May 16, 2020

Can Shop Floor Man bring humour to manufacturing social media?

Shop Floor Automations
manufacturing professionals
comic strip
Shop Floor Man Presents
Nell Walker
2 min
Can Shop Floor Man bring humour to manufacturing social media?
Shop Floor Automations is set to make an impact on a younger generation of manufacturing professionals with the use of a manufacturing-themed comic stri...

Shop Floor Automations is set to make an impact on a younger generation of manufacturing professionals with the use of a manufacturing-themed comic strip.

 

The new series, named Shop Floor Man Presents, premiered last month with the lead character starring on a two-square story. In one square he is using SFA solutions to do his job, and in the other he is dealing with the trials of not having access to them. Future comics will illustrate difficulties machinists face and make sector-specific jokes relatable to those in the industry.

Amanda Rosenblatt – SFA’s Marketing Coordinator and the comic strip’s artist – has worked in the professional social media realm for nearly a decade. She said: “Shop Floor Man is a character that was a collaboration between myself, our previous Operations Manager, and the owner of our company. We gather ideas and feedback on comics from the whole company, so it’s fun for them to get involved and the final product is a group effort.

“I think it is a bold statement because, really, he is purposely drawn badly. That’s why we have the tagline ‘Our solutions are better than our comics.’ No one at the company, including myself, has the time to draw or commission someone to make an amazing comic, but we have the humor, stories and resources to make people laugh. There’s charm to him [Shop Floor Man].

“I’ve heard in this industry a few times how social media isn’t valuable for this line of business, which could not be further from the truth.

“I’m not on social media all day, however, having a footprint online aside from just a website is so crucial. You have middle school kids, high school teens and college-aged young adults who we are trying to get into this industry, or people like the military veterans being trained at organizations like Workshops for Warriors. These people of these various age groups are attached to their devices and social media – we can reach them and show them this industry is a community.

 “Our comic strip, and the alternative Twitter account we set up called @ShopFloorHumor, are great ways to network with people in this industry. There is no greater commonality we all share than the love of laughter and humor. Why not use it for the benefit of a business?”

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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