Most manufacturers are familiar with Lean as it applies to equipment and processes, but did you know you can apply Lean principles to improve the way you manage your workforce? In chapter one you’ll meet an operations executive who must reduce his company’s product unit cost by 10% in a year or risk moving operations overseas. The story is interwoven with ideas for motivating cultural change and techniques for applying Lean principles to workforce management.
If you're like many other manufacturing organizations, you have already reaped the benefits of Lean production practices in your manufacturing operations. Wouldn't it make sense to apply the same Lean techniques to your back office, too? Download this whitepaper to learn the challenges of extending Lean to the back office - and how to overcome them.
Cloud Computing is opening up many possibilities in the world of Predictive Maintenance (PdM). The benefits are quickly realized by companies who choose to leverage this technology.
Technological innovations are making gaseous-fueled generators both more powerful and more cost effective. Additionally, issues of fuel storage and reliability in diesel-fueled generators are becoming a bigger challenge. Finally, as more and more companies seek to reduce their carbon footprints, they are more open to options that are more environmentally friendly.
Early removal of oil from your facility's wastewater can improve operation efficiencies, generate revenue, demonstrate environmental responsibility and even promote employee health.
Imagine tackling your greatest production challenge quickly, easily and inexpensively. Now imagine tackling your greatest production challenge quickly, easily and inexpensively – and even generating a profit while doing so.
In the quest to save energy, many facility managers have replaced aging HID, HPS and T12 lighting with high-output T5 or T8 fluorescent (HIF) fixtures. These retrofits saved energy compared to legacy lighting, but the savings that were impressive at installation time are now eclipsed by the superior energy savings potential offered by intelligent LED systems. By combining a low-wattage, highly controllable illumination source with sensing, integrated controls, and wireless networking, these high-performance LED lighting systems now effectively replace HIF lamps, and still save up to 90% on lighting energy.
Leading facility managers and operations professionals are scrutinizing energy use and re-evaluating traditional lighting choices – even HIF – in search of energy savings. This Guide lays out a step-by-step approach to evaluating alternatives and comparing ‘apples to apples’ to ensure that you find a solution that best meets your lighting needs.
If you’re using HID or HPS fixtures, your lighting energy costs are probably in the range of $1 per square foot per year -- meaning that your 200,000 square foot facility likely costs $200,000 annually. The way to reduce that massive energy expense is to upgrade to intelligent industrial LED lighting, which can reduce lighting energy use up to 90%.
This complimentary white paper outlines how ASRS equipment aligns process improvement strategies such as lean.When better accuracy can be combined with sizable improvements in labor productivity and space savings, the case for dynamic storage as an enabler of lean efficiencies is clear cut.Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, however, North American manufacturing will need to be as lean and efficient as possible to turn the tables on offshoring.Download the complimentary white paper.
On-site fuel (most often diesel) is typically required for life-safety applications, and many mission-critical applications like 911 call centers specify it because it is perceivedto be more reliable. Nonetheless, maintenance issues and delivery concerns of diesel fuel in an emergency, combined with the reliability and cost-effectiveness of natural gas,must be considered in a standby power system.
Reliability of fuel supply tends to be of great concern for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs). On-site fuel (most often diesel) is typically required for life-safety applications, and many mission-critical applications like 911 call centers specify it because it is perceived to be more reliable. Nonetheless, maintenance issues and delivery concerns of diesel fuel in an emergency, combined with the reliability and cost-effectiveness of natural gas, must be considered in a standby power system. NFPA and NEC offer provisions for the use of natural gas in standby power applications that had previously been the clear domain of diesel-fueled systems. There are also many ways to work with the AHJ to clear the way for the use of gaseous fuel in a standby power system.
Several quality brands and styles of pullers are on the market today. How can you choose the best one for you? As is always the case with equipment, choosing the right puller has everything to do with your application. The following questions will be important considerations in your search.
How much downtime does the equipment in your plant spend per week as maintenance technicians work to remove frozen, rusted, or stuck pulleys, bearings, and sprockets from shafts? From the shipyard to the paper mill to the mines, removing frozen objects from shafts can be one of the biggest—and most unnecessary—time wastes that maintenance teams face. Small-scale, hand tool-based removal methods such as torches and crowbars are at best risky and time-consuming, and often require the efforts of multiple maintenance workers to get the job done. An industrial puller, rugged-built for years of service in the plant and providing literally tons of force, solves this problem by allowing the same job to be done by just one person in much less time, saving you hours, labor, and ultimately cost.