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How Manufacturing Metrics Can Benefit Your Company

A few weeks ago we talked about how our fabrication shop is manufacturing a huge order of conveyor frames.  Fortis managed to take control of the manufacturing side of the order, but how do we handle keeping our customer aware of where all the frames are?


Fortis is a multi-faceted organization with specialties ranging from manufacturing, to engineering, to project management, and site install when required.  Fortis used all of these areas to bring together reporting metrics so our customer easily sees how the project is advancing at any stage of the project. 


Fortis uses Earned Value Reporting to track progress and to provide updates to our customers.  In the graphs below, Fortis uses this reporting method to establish trend lines showing how the brackets are progressing at weekly intervals.  Our customer can see the status at a glance and can look at the detailed report as required.

There are three different types of frames required.  Fortis tracks the progress on each frame and the whole order as a total.  This allows Fortis to share with our customer the short falls and gains on an ongoing basis.   This reporting eliminates surprises and allows Fortis to adjust the schedule and resources accordingly in order to ensure overall customer satisfaction.


As the frames are completed; labeling is attached as per our Clients requirements.  Information including frame type, laydown areas (surface/underground), contact information, are just a few items we can include on the label.  Fortis’ labels are waterproof to ensure the information won’t smudge or disappear when exposed to wet environments.


Fortis Mining, Engineering, and Manufacturing has the capability to fulfill all your Industrial needs.  From engineering, to welding, to machining, to install, Fortis can complete all your project requirements.  No job is too complex or too small, Fortis will work through them all.


Please visit www.fortiscorporation.com for a full company profile and please feel free to email info@fortiscorporation.com or call 306-242-4427 to contact Fortis to see how we can help you with your next project.

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated. 

Who Is To Blame When a Custom Designed Product Doesn't Turn Out As Envisioned?

It’s everybody’s favorite question and no one’s favorite game. Too many times we are expected to do something and if it’s done incorrectly, whether it be the front lines, side lines, or behind the lines, everyone finds someone to blame.

Recently, Fortis was asked to design a lifting device and as with nearly every product that gets designed there are many different stakeholders involved. There are people who request the products, who design the products, and who purchase and fabricate the products. As a designer, it is important that I properly communicate with all of the people involved. Sometimes, this involves asking questions that I don’t even know exist; this can make it very difficult to receive proper information. If I don’t know what questions to ask, how can I ask them?


If I design something and it is not what someone else envisioned, am I to blame? What about the person who requested the product and when they received it, it looked completely different than what they saw in their mind? Or the person who designed it on paper when they quoted it? All of these people knew the product that was being ordered and saw different versions of it being designed. Does this make it wrong? Absolutely not. The best example of this is an optical illusion - is it a young woman looking away, or the face of an older woman? Everyone sees things differently.


Since the beginning of time, people have been communicating. When it isn’t with words, it is with gestures and body language. Now communication is becoming more popular through email and technology where we can receive important information that can be properly tracked. This makes it easier to blame others because now we have proof of communication (or lack of). However, if no one is wrong, how can you place blame?


In the end, the importance of an issue should not be blaming someone for a “mistake” or seeing something differently – it should be determining how to resolve these issues so they don’t happen again. The only way to minimize issues is by providing any and all information on a specific vision for a product. Fortis Mining, Engineering, and Manufacturing excels at providing custom products for many different aspects of mining, manufacturing, and industrial solutions. We are always striving to improve communication internally (between Fortis Employees and Employers) and externally (between Fortis and its Customers). If you have a design in mind, it can be achieved at Fortis Mining, Engineering, and Manufacturing.

Energetic Fabrication at Local Manufacturing Facility

In the custom fabrication world most projects come and go however, every now and again there is a unique challenge to get a quality product efficiently completed in order to meet schedule requirements.  While considering all aspects at hand and meeting quality control check points, Fortis Manufacturing has risen to the challenge repeatedly throughout its history.

The latest challenge currently being completed at Fortis’ fabrication shop, is a huge conveyor frames order – slightly over 8,100 of them.  With Fortis Manufacturing ingenuity, the welding assembly line was born.  In order to meet schedule requirements, each process and step needed to be identified and planned in order to ensure efficiency was a key factor.

When you think of a quick turn-around most people think that means rushing.  When you rush shortcuts and corners being cut are inevitable in order to maintain the capacity to meet schedule requirements.  And the truth is, there are!  Fortis takes the following short-cuts to improve efficiency:

  • Fortis short-cut the time needed to find parts – everything is in hand reach for fabrication.
  • Fortis short-cut the set up time by building fixtures to aid in the welding.
  • Fortis short-cut the time for moving welded components – Work areas were identified and staged to keep productivity levels at acceptable speeds.
  • Fortis short-cut rework requirements by establishing continuous checks throughout the fabrication cycle.

With all these shortcuts certainly other areas will suffer?  Actually, by identifying and planning the work for these frames, Fortis is also accomplishes the following:

  • All the clients’ specifications are being met.
  • Detailed inspection test plans are developed and being used to ensure all areas are being monitored and reviewed.
  • Safety in design options offered to the Client for approval to highlight safety areas.
  • Developing a value added packaging option, which can reduce waste as well as increase operation efficiency with moving a large volume of product.
  • Ensuring all industry regulations and requirements are upheld like CWB certifications and industry requirements.

Fortis Mining, Engineering, and Manufacturing has the capability to fulfill all your Industrial needs.  From engineering, to welding, to machining, to install, Fortis can complete all your project requirements.  No job is too complex or too small, Fortis will work through them all.

Please visit www.fortiscorporation.com for a full company profile and please feel free to email info@fortiscorporation.com or call 306-242-4427 to contact Fortis to see how we can help you with you next project. 



Fortis MIning, Engineering and Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated. 

Agrium Praises High Quality of Fortis work

In April of 2015 Fortis received a failed balderson hitch for scoop tram attachment from Agrium Potash mine.  We were tasked with fabricating a replacement balderson hitch for scoop tram.  Not only did we deliver the fabricated and machined part on time, but we included a custom engineering design betterment which will improve reliability and reduce life cycle costs.  We then followed up to ensure all was well after shipping the product back to site.  This is what Agrium had to say when we followed up with them, "We just put one on yesterday and we did not even need butter to slide it into place.  It was perfect!"  What a great testimonial from Agrium on the excellent work our machine shop and welding shop competed!

Here is a picture of the balderson hitch Fortis fabricated:

Facts: Did you know that the Fortis welding shop is CWB certified?

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Fortis Sponsors Local Mine Rescue Skill Competition

This past weekend was the 48th Annual Emergency Response / Mine Rescue Skills Competition at Praireland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  This competition brings Mine Rescue crews in from all across Saskatchewan.   18 teams take part in the skill competition.   All of the teams spend countless hours training for mine emergency scenarios.  At the skill competition, the teams compete in variety of events that mimic emergency situations that could occur in a mine.   

Fortis' Health and Safety Manager Terry Zerbin was a volunteer and coordinator at this years event.   Terry was lucky enough to be interviewed by Global News Saskatoon http://globalnews.ca/video/2742530/rescue-competition-tests-miners-emergency-response

Terry was not the only one to volunteer from Fortis.   A number of Fortis employees showed their support for the SMA and the skill competition by volunteering their time.  

 Our sister company Northern Strands' had one of their Trainers, Cassenna Parmeter, also judging this years Mine Rescue Skills Competition.  Cassenna Parmeter is a well known Safety Trainer in Saskatchewan and has judged numerous Mine Rescue Skills Competitions across Canada throughout her career.   

Did you know that Northern Strands offers numerous mine safety courses? http://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx   

Not only was this event fun to watch, it showed the importance of having skilled emergency personnel ready in case of a mine emergency.   

Here are some great pictures of the Mine Rescue Skills Competition:





Fortis is proud to support the Saskatchewan Mining Association and the Mine Rescue Skill Competition by becoming a major sponsor of this year's event.  Fortis strongly believes in supporting the Saskatchewan Mining Association and it's mission to “Represent and support a safe, responsible and growing Saskatchewan mining industry.”

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing, "Is Your Partner in Providing Mining Solutions."

Visit our website to learn more about Fortis http://www.fortiscorporation.com/ 


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