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Workplace Injury Statistics

Workplace Injury Statistics

The number and type of injuries that take place in any given facility will have a major effect on many things including the overall profitability and efficiency of a given area.  Injuries of all types cause major work slowdowns because the individual has to get treated and depending on the situation the entire area may

Kanban Systems

Kanban Systems

Kanban systems are an important scheduling system used in ‘just-in-time’ production facilities.  The word Kanban actually means signboard or billboard, and with these systems each part or product is only supplied as it is needed.  This critical part of the just in time method of manufacturing helps to eliminate waste in a variety of ways

Six Sigma and More

Six Sigma and More

As most people are aware, six sigma is a concept of process measurement and improvement used by many companies around the world.  The goal in any six sigma process is to have no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities.  An opportunity is any specific task which is performed.  It could be anything from the manufacturing of

5S and 6S

5S and 6S

The traditional 5 “S’s” of 5s are Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.  Facilities around the world have been following the 5S standards for years with incredible successes.  Some companies today, however, want to add in another S to try to further improve on this already very popular set of standards.  The sixth S is

Factory Floor Safety Markings

Factory Floor Safety Markings

When working on a factory floor there are many different hazards which can cause significant harm to people in the area, products being made or even other machinery.  Finding ways to reduce or eliminate risk in a factory is an important task which can help improve the overall working environment as well as be a

Do you need a safety manager?

Do you need a safety manager?

In a perfect world every company, regardless of its size, would have a full time safety manager who is dedicated to locating any hazards in the work environment and reducing or eliminating them quickly.  The reality is, however, that many companies can’t afford to have a full time employee dedicated to this area and others don’t want

5S and Lean

5S and Lean

When investigating ways to help your business run more efficiently and safely almost everyone has come across the terms 5s and lean, and in many cases they are even thought of as somewhat interchangeable.  The fact is, however, that they have different meanings even if they are used in combination with each other when evaluating the

5S – It Sounds so Easy

5S – It Sounds so Easy

Whether you’ve attended a Lean manufacturing class, read a book or just found information about the 5s process online you likely got excited about the ability to improve your business or facility.  The 5s system seems so very easy when you first hear about it, and it really makes a lot of sense.  The difficulty,

Fuel Spill Kit

Fuel Spill Kit

When working with any type of fuel it is essential that you are as careful as possible to ensure there is no spilling.  Unfortunately it is impossible to guarantee that a spill will never happen, and that’s why having a fuel spill kit is essential whenever working with any type of fuel.  From regular gasoline to rocket