Occupational diseases often mean repeated surgery, intractable pain, inability to work, time off for the affected employee and, ultimately, higher costs for the employer. Here are four steps a company can take to address this growing problem.
Anyone who works with overhead lifting equipment will tell you that safety is absolutely crucial. From machine shop owners to warehouse floor managers, professionals who work in these environments understand how important it is to invest in the reliability and lifecycle of their heavy-duty equipment.
Downtime is dangerous to any manufacturing group. After all, the old saying that compares time to money is true. If people or machines are idle, then products are not being made, which certainly affects the business’s bottom line — minimizing manufacturing downtime makes money for a company.
To compete and win in today’s marketplace, manufacturers have begun to re-evaluate what was once a technical undertaking and an administrative afterthought: the capital acquisition process. Changing the way that major equipment purchases are made is not easy, but the savings are real and measurable.
Globalization is presenting industries with myriad challenges to growth, sustainability and profitability. Vertical markets across the process industries are confronted daily with these challenges, and compete in an increasingly rigorous environment marked by tighter regulation, growing margin pressures and an aging workforce, among other issues.
The overall economy continued to grow for the 43rd consecutive month while economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded, moving the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) back over the 50 percent mark in December, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
Today’s science-driven enterprises are increasingly challenged by a “productivity gap” that exists within the innovation-to-commercialization lifecycle. Errors that slow innovation to a halt are all too common due to disjointed processes, siloed information systems, and a lack of data visibility across the product discovery-design-test-manufacture continuum.
Weak overall economic growth persisted in the third quarter of 2012, increasing by 2.7 percent, and the sluggish pace characteristic of the current expansion is likely to continue, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook (EO-115), a report that analyzes 27 major industries.
Most manufacturing and distribution warehouses rely on conveyor systems to keep their daily operations running. Fortunately, well-trained operators and maintenance technicians can reduce the risk of conveyor downtime by executing a preventive maintenance plan. In addition to avoiding the stress of missed shipment deadlines and lost profits, preventive maintenance keeps conveyors running at peak efficiency.
Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2013, say the nation’s purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are for a continuation of the economic recovery that began in mid-2009, as indicated in the monthly ISM Report On Business®.
3D printing is a technology that has, for more than a decade, seen inroads mostly in the hobbyist community. It’s expensive and slow, but is capable of producing items that are difficult — if not impossible — to replicate with more traditional processes. Kevin Sullivan, director and global practice lead of the Industrial Practice, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), says that day will come by the end of this decade.
There is a lot of buzz about the manufacturing industry and where it seems to be headed in the future. One source says that the skills gap is so great that growth is impossible. Another says that manufacturing’s comeback is not so very far off in the future. Manufacturers wish they could just know the answers so they can make the decisions to drive their business into the next year and beyond.
Just like in any manufacturing facility, employees’ hands get dirty and require frequent washing with abrasive products, which can cause irritation. Because of the chemicals involved, many of these products can also be less-environmentally friendly. The challenge for Hawes, Wolseley project manager, was to find a cost-effective and more sustainable way to clean workers’ hands.
Dead Sea Works Ltd.’s vacuum conveying system was engineered to operate flawlessly 24/7 in Israel’s harsh corrosive Dead Sea environment. Golick had to ensure that the equipment could withstand constant operation in the harsh desert environment, was user friendly, and could interact flawlessly with the hydroscopic nature of the product. The solution was a semi-custom engineered vacuum conveying system.
Microbes are a huge nuisance in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Contamination can cause serious issues, endangering facilities, batches and reputations. FDA regulations provide a cleaning and sterilization roadmap for manufacturers, but companies are provided with some flexibility when it comes to the specifics.