Operator Based Care

Operator Based Care

The idea behind operator based care is that people who work with a particular piece of machinery are the ones who are best suited to identify and perform the general day to day maintenance of the machine.  They will notice, for example, if the machine starts making an odd noise or is running low on

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

Minimal Lockout/Tagout Procedures

While many facilities choose to implement a higher standard for their lockout / tagout procedures, the OSHA standard does have some minimal requirements to be in compliance for this type of work.  Following the minimal lockout/tagout procedures will keep people much safer than having no safety standard in place at all, and it is a great place to start

Leak Detection & Repair

Leak Detection & Repair

It is not uncommon while walking through any type of factory, refinery or other facility to see liquids dripping from pipes or other areas.   Disturbingly, however, in many cases the liquid which is leaking out is toxic or hazardous to the health of the people working around it or the environment in general.  In some

Emergency Egress

Emergency Egress

There are few things more disturbing than reading about fires and other emergencies in areas that did not have proper exits for the people inside the buildings.  A quick look back in the news can find several examples in both the US and around the world where dozens or even hundreds of people died because

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

Taking Advantage of your IT Staff to Implement Lean

Taking Advantage of your IT Staff to Implement Lean

When evaluating a facility for ways to improve efficiency and implement lean standards there are many different areas to observe.  For most companies it is important to take advantage of the IT staff when planning and implementing any changes or improvements throughout the facility.  While IT won’t be able to assist with every single step

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

Spill Control Supplies

Spill Control Supplies

Spills are a part of everyone’s life, and when it is something like a glass of water or even milk it is nothing to get upset about, but when you’re working with dangerous chemicals and other products at a factory or manufacturing facility these spills need to be cleaned up quickly.  Finding the right spill control

Lean Hospital

Lean Hospital

If you run or even just work in a hospital it is likely quite clear that there are many things which can, and should, be done to help improve the way things run.  Unfortunately with a system which is as large and complex as a healthcare facility this can be difficult to do.  If you’re

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,

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