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An Introduction to GHS for Your Facility

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3 min read GHS is an important system that businesses use when classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals. IT stands for, “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.” Companies use this system to help improve workplace safety and ensure anyone who works with or around potentially dangerous chemicals can be as safe as possible. There are many aspects of the GHS system, ...

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Key Concepts of Lean Manufacturing

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3 min read Companies that are thinking about implementing a lean manufacturing strategy will need to spend some time learning about what this system is, and how it works. Lean manufacturing is a very beneficial system that incorporates a number of different concepts to help reduce waste, improve efficiency, and provide benefits to the entire organization. To get started with this process, make ...

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What is Lean Manufacturing?

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2 min read Lean manufacturing encompasses a broad array of industrial philosophies, concepts, and strategies. It can be intimidating to first-time learners. As a result, it can be hard to know where to start. We can help with that. This two-part blog series was created to give you an overview of Lean manufacturing and its foundational philosophies in a two digestible spoonfuls. Lean manufacturing ...

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What is Gemba & How it Can Benefit Your Facility

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7 min read The word gemba is a Japanese term that is used as part of many industries manufacturing strategies. The term means ‘The Real Place.’ The concept behind a gemba strategy is that supervisors, manager, and others who may be in charge of different areas need to be spending time in ‘the real place’ where the work gets done. In a manufacturing facility, for ...

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The Benefits of Lean Manufacturing

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4 min read As a management philosophy, lean manufacturing is all about continuous elimination and reduction of waste in the production and business processes. Small, incremental improvements constantly take place in an organization so that it helps lower costs, increase productivity and maintain top quality products. All these things could be achieved along with profits, and at the same time, put waste to ...

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How to Select a Good Six Sigma Project

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4 min read In any organization, there will always be problems and issues. It’s a part of the overall process of doing work, and so are the responses put in place to address them. This is why many popular improvement methods and systems abound because they are available for any organization that might need them. One of the favored process improvement methods is ...

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The Visual Workplace

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4 min read The need for continuing improvement in the workplace grew over the years with new methods and systems introduced by organizational experts. One hugely appreciated initiative is the “visual workplace”, which is used as both guide and key performance measurement in many companies, businesses and industries. The idea behind a visual workplace is that it helps boost performance and achieve optimum ...

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How To Use a Kanban Board

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4 min read The Kanban board has been used extensively in many Japanese businesses for many decades. Tracing back its history, it was practiced by Toyota in the late 1940s to improve their manufacturing and engineering activities. Actual cards were used by the employees to communicate with the group or workers who come next in line. A Kanban card tells the employees involved ...

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The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture

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4 min read A workplace culture is the core of any organization, and it can spell success or failure. The character of any business and the personality of any company is its culture. It’s also what makes it unique. Suffice it to say that the total values, behaviors and interactions, the traditions and beliefs of an organization make up its culture. When an ...

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Using Kaizen…to Eat Sushi?

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< 1 min read Kaizen, commonly referred to as “continuous improvement,” proves very helpful in many workplaces. Businesses and organizations create cultures where employees constantly look for small changes they can make to improve the way the facility operates. Over time, these small improvements can lead to significant improvements in efficiency overall. We always enjoy hearing about unique ways kaizen ideas have been used ...

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