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ATLANTA, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — nexAir announced Friday that it has acquired the business operations and customers of Atlanta Medical Gases, LLC (“Atlanta Medical Gases”), a medical gas supplier located in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  The healthcare customers of Atlanta Medical Gases will complement nexAir’s strong medical gas presence in the greater Atlanta area and will benefit from a broad range of offerings nexAir provides to ensure the success of its customers.  

“The addition of the strong customer relationships at Atlanta Medical Gases to our current healthcare-related services and operations will be beneficial to everyone and expand nexAir’s customer base in the greater Atlanta area,” according to Bill Proctor, nexAir’s President.  Proctor added, “nexAir is committed to a seamless transition for the customers of Atlanta Medical Gases and will provide the same high level of quality and service the customers have come to expect from Atlanta Medical Gases.” 

The transaction closed effective as of Friday, October 16th with nexAir to begin servicing these customers from its existing Atlanta-area locations this week.

About nexAir

nexAir is one of the largest privately-controlled distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. nexAir, based in Memphis, Tennessee, serves customers across the southeastern United States and employs more than 700 employees at over 70 different locations. In addition to industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir also distributes specialized medical equipment, automation welding equipment and dry ice.

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Sight Machine Puts the True Smart Factory in Reach With Automated Optimization of Manufacturing

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sight Machine Inc. today announced groundbreaking enhancements to its manufacturing productivity platform that put Industry 4.0’s promise of the smart factory within reach of manufacturers.

New Dynamic Recipes continuously and automatically update prescribed production settings, searching through the entire available production history to identify the settings that lead to the best results. They capture the optimal machine settings for every combination of conditions encountered, including the type of raw materials and environmental conditions, as well as for different types of output (e.g., grades of paper).

Sight Machine has also introduced a new Productivity KPI Model that lets manufacturers optimize production according to their own preferred metrics. These metrics vary widely among companies, but typically include quality, uptime and throughput, which together comprise Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Productivity KPIs give manufacturers consistent, apples-to-apples metrics to track productivity of all lines and plants across the enterprise.

Dynamic Recipes optimize for any combination of targeted Productivity KPIs, such as minimizing cost and maximizing throughput. The prescribed recommendations automatically adjust as conditions change, and recipes automatically improve to reflect new top-performing production runs.

“Through eight years of continuous improvement of our platform, we have reached the threshold of enabling true Smart Manufacturing, giving manufacturers automated continuous improvement of processes and the ability to manage all production assets using a common yardstick,” said Sight Machine CEO and Co-Founder Jon Sobel. “For the first time, manufacturers are truly able to track the performance of all their machines, lines and plants, using a uniform metric: how well is this asset performing versus its maximum potential performance?”

Sight Machine is the only company able to deliver these capabilities in real-world manufacturing environments due to two fundamental elements of its platform. First is the platform’s unique data modeling foundation. Sight Machine takes the dozens of incompatible data types generated by factory equipment and manufacturing software and generates a digital representation of the entire production process, including processes, production lines, downtime and defects.

Second, the product continuously models and analyzes all production data in real time, allowing manufacturers to monitor and improve current performance instead of only analyzing past performance.

Sight Machine’s unique foundation enables it to analyze and optimize multi-stage manufacturing processes like paper- and glass-making, where output quality may be measurable only hours or days after a defect is caused. Sight Machine connects the quality results of a finished product or batch with the conditions and machine settings during each stage of that batch being manufactured, identifying the cause of the quality defect and prescribing the settings that will reduce defect frequency.

From Descriptive to Prescriptive Analytics

Previous generations of the Sight Machine platform have been used primarily to help manufacturers understand how their factories are doing and analyze how to improve them, using a large toolset of descriptive analytics. The new enhancements go beyond descriptive analytics to meet an even harder challenge: providing robust and reliable prescriptive analytics, proactively recommending the settings and processes needed to achieve the highest productivity under ever-changing conditions.

Operators in the control room or on the plant floor interact with Dynamic Recipes using a new application called Operator Co-Pilot. The application automatically detects current conditions (e.g. raw materials, desired output grade, humidity) and provides recommended machine settings to optimize for the desired outcomes.

“These new capabilities help manufacturers be on their toes rather than on their heels, preventing problems from happening in the first place rather than trying to solve problems that have already occurred,” said Andrew Home, Sight Machine’s VP of Product.

About Sight Machine
Sight Machine drives rapid increases in manufacturing productivity. Our manufacturing productivity platform delivers real outcomes in efficiency, sustainability and quality. Manufacturers that deploy Sight Machine’s software empower teams to better collaborate, innovate and accelerate their journey of continuous productivity improvement. Founded by a team with deep manufacturing expertise, Sight Machine has offices in San Francisco and Ann Arbor, Mich. (www.sightmachine.com).

Sight Machine media contact:
[email protected]

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QMC Responds to Announcement of Canadian Electric Vehicle Production

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VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — QMC Quantum Minerals Corp., (TSX.V: QMC) (FSE: 3LQ) (OTC PINK: QMCQF) (“QMC” or “the Company”) is extremely pleased with the recent $3.3B CDN funding announcement to build Electric Vehicles (“EV”) and batteries within Canada as the company is ideally positioned to source the required metals.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • $1.8 Billion Federal and Provincial Funding for Oakville EV plant
  • $1.5 Billion Fiat Chrysler investment in Windsor EV plant
  • Critical elements: lithium, copper, zinc, nickel
  • Historical resource of 1.2M tons of 1.51% lithium oxide
  • Extensive potential of copper, nickel, gold, and zinc with 41 deposit potential targets

QMC is in an extremely favourable position to gain significantly through the announcement on October 8th by the Federal Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario that they would provide a total investment commitment of $590 million CDN into the $1.8-billion CDN retooling of Ford Motor’s Oakville Ontario assembly plant making it the hub of EV production in Canada. This investment and retooling will make Ford Motor’s Canadian production facility the largest electric vehicle assembly plant in North America. This project will build five new electric vehicle models and the batteries that will power these vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler followed up a week later announcing a $1.5-billion investment in their Windsor assembly plant. The investment would outfit the factory with the state-of-the-art equipment that will enable the assembly of plug-in hybrids and battery-powered vehicles with at least one new model in 2025. The plant will add up to 2,000 jobs to the Windsor plant. 

To produce these vehicles specialized raw materials will be required. In addition to typical commodities required to manufacture vehicles, EVs require four additional critical elements: lithium, copper, zinc, and nickel which QMC is moving towards becoming a producer of ALL of these commodities (plus potentially gaining platinum, palladium, silver and gold credits) through the ongoing development of its Irgon Lithium (Spodumene) Mine Project and Namew Lake District (Volcanic Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) Projects.

Namew Lake District Project

Situated in the renowned Flin Flon and Snow Lake districts of Manitoba known for its world-class VMS deposits, the company land package covers 55,000 acres. The project is contiguous to the western side of Hudbay Minerals’ (HBM-TSX) Namew Lake Mine which has produced 2.57 million tons of nickel, copper, palladium, and platinum. The Namew Lake Project is also in the vicinity of the currently producing 777 and Lalor mines, in addition to being proximal to the past-producing Reed Lake Mine. In addition to being in close proximity to these other deposits, the company’s district sized Namew Lake Project displays similar underlying geology to the aforementioned mines. The project hosts 41 deposit sized targets outlined in a versatile time domain electromagnetic (VTEM) system survey. 

The Irgon Lithium Mine Project

Between 1953-1954, the Lithium Corporation of Canada Limited drilled 25 holes into the Irgon Dike and subsequently reported a historical resource estimate of 1.2 million tons grading 1.51% Li20 over a strike length of 365 meters and to a depth of 213 meters (Northern Miner, Vol. 41, no.19, Aug. 4, 1955, p.3). This historical resource is documented in a 1956 Assessment Report by B. B. Bannatyne for the Lithium Corporation of Canada Ltd. (Manitoba Assessment Report No. 94932). This historical estimate is believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, and neither the company nor the QP has any reason to contest the document’s relevance and reliability. The detailed channel sampling and a subsequent drill program will be required to update this historical resource to current NI 43-101 standards. Historic metallurgical tests reported an 87% recovery from which a concentrate averaging 5.9% Li2O was obtained.

During this historical 1950-era work program, a complete mining plant was installed onsite, designed to process 500 tons of ore per day, and a three-compartment shaft was sunk to a depth of 74 meters. On the 61-metre level, lateral development was extended off the shaft for a total of 366 meters of drifting, from which seven crosscuts transected the dike.

The Company has had recent discussions with Sinomine Group, Co., Ltd. (“Sinomine”) to process spodumene material from the Irgon Lithium Mine Property at their TANCO plant. The TANCO plant is easily accessible, located approximately 20km directly south of the Irgon Lithium Mine Property via Highway 314. The TANCO management have provided the Company with an estimate to prepare samples (crushing and grinding), floatation testing, assaying and analysis for preliminary metallurgical evaluation. The testing will provide the Company with a lithium concentrate, in the past the TANCO circuitry was able to achieve lithium concentrate levels up 7.25% Li2O to Dow Corning. The Company expects to achieve at least 6% Li2O in this round of testing.

The mineral reserve cited above is presented as a historical estimate and uses historical terminology which does not conform to current NI43-101 standards. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. Although the historical estimates are believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, they were calculated prior to the implementation of National Instrument 43-101. These historical estimates do not meet current standards as defined under sections 1.2 and 1.3 of NI 43-101; consequently, the issuer is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.

Qualified Person

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Bruce E. Goad, P. Geo., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About the Company

QMC is a British Columbia based company engaged in the business of acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties. Its objective is to locate and develop economic precious, base, rare metal resource properties of merit. The Company’s properties include the Irgon Lithium Mine Project and two VMS properties, the Rocky Lake and Rocky-Namew, known collectively as the Namew Lake District Project. Currently, all of the company’s properties are located in Manitoba.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of

QMC QUANTUM MINERALS CORP.

Balraj Mann

Balraj Mann
President and Chief Executive Officer
604-601-2018

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