Human Errors Cause Equipment Failures

Human Errors Cause Equipment Failures

No matter what industry one is working in, all facilities are run by a combination of people and machines. While this is the only way to get work done, it is also the source of endless problems. One of the biggest problems, and the most expensive, in a facility is when there are equipment failures

Noise in the Workplace

Noise in the Workplace

When working in a facility with many people and machines it is almost impossible to keep it even reasonably quiet. In many facilities the noise levels are so high that it can cause hearing problems to those who are exposed to it on a regular basis. What makes nose so dangerous is the fact that

Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

A safety manager is generally responsible for the overall safety of an entire facility. One of their primary responsibilities is to ensure that a facility is OSHA compliant. There are many requirements OSHA places on facilities, which can make this a difficult and complex job. Some of the most significant things that OSHA checks for include

Importance of Catchball

Importance of Catchball

The catchball is an important part of any planning process, but it is something that is all too often just glossed over. When done properly the catchball encourages leadership and team members to dialogue about a particular topic in an efficient and productive manner. It can help to break down the walls which are all

5S Benefits for Students

5S Benefits for Students

Over the past several years the lean concepts which started out only in manufacturing have been used to improve just about every other industry. These strategies, however, can also be used to benefit students of just about every age. Look at these powerful benefits students can gain from learning about the 5S strategies which have become so

Lean and Kaizen are not meant to eliminate People

Lean and Kaizen are not meant to eliminate People

One of the most persistent problems companies experience when attempting to implement lean and/or Kaizen practices, is that people are always worried that it will lead to the elimination of jobs. Since the beginning of these methodologies, employees have feared that the increased efficiencies and other changes that take place will mean that there is

Lean Principles for a Healthier Work Environment

Lean Principles for a Healthier Work Environment

When people first hear about lean logistics and principles and how they can be implemented in a workplace, they are often confused. Lean sounds like an odd term for anything in a workplace, and at first glance, the methodologies can be a bit confusing. Many people mistakenly think that no one guiding set of principles

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Many people mistakenly think that Kaizen is only used for short term improvement events and other onetime improvement hits. The fact is, however, Kaizen should be used to help build a culture of continuous improvement in a facility. This will include Kaizen events but it should continue on much longer than that. The following comments really help

The Lean Manager

The Lean Manager

Getting started as a lean manager can be a daunting task because in many cases people don’t really understand what it is you’re supposed to be doing.  In many cases the lean manager will also have other roles within the facility, and has been given the task of implementing lean concepts as well.  One of the most

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