Benefits of Kaizen

Kaizen Benefits

Businesses continue to turn towards lean manufacturing tools to find ways to tighten their belts and remain competitive. Lean tools with low up-front costs are especially appealing. One such tool, Kaizen, focuses on continuous improvements and can be implemented on nearly any budget. Kaizen involves every employee in making small, daily changes. Using knowledge from every employee, Kaizen identifies problems at their source, solves them, and changes standards to ensure problems stay solved.
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Noise Hazards Safety Sign

8 Ways to Identify and Eliminate Noise Hazards in the Workplace

Occupational noise hazards are one of the most common workplace safety concerns. Our hearing is sensitive and it doesn’t take much to temporarily impair or permanently damage it. Noise hazards vary widely in extremity and cause but no matter if it’s an airport terminal or demolition site, steps must be taken to protect worker’s hearing. When identifying potential noise hazards in the workplace, the first step is taking a second to consider what qualifies a noise as a ‘hazard’.

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Noise Reduction Rating

Noise Reduction Rating

The Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of hearing protection is a way for measuring the reduction in sound levels a hearing protection device can provide. The Noise Reduction Rating is expressed in decibels (dB), which is the normal way of measuring sound levels. The higher the Noise Reduction Rating means the more effective the hearing protection device is.
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Types of Floor Marking

Types of Floor Marking

As workplaces grow increasingly sophisticated, it’s imperative that employers keep workers safe, increase efficiency, and improve organization.

Floor marking is one subtle, yet effective way to meet these requirements. Available in several colors, patterns, and materials, floor marking plays an important role in addressing common safety concerns—no matter the workplace or industry.

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What is Floor Marking?

What is Floor Marking?

Companies around the world, from major manufacturers down to your local grocery store, all share a common struggle: efficiently managing the movement of products and people. Business may slow down because storage isn’t organized, or forklift drivers aren’t sure which way to go. Every company could benefit from better organization, workflow, and safety. 
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Creating a Visual Factory with the 5S System

Creating a Visual Factory with the 5S System

The term “visual factory” refers to an approach to lean manufacturing processes based on visual information throughout the workplace. A visual factory uses a system of communication tools to share information at the time and place it is needed.
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Lean Manufacturing Principles

Lean Manufacturing Principles

To gain a competitive edge, many companies have adopted lean manufacturing (or lean thinking) as a keystone for success in today’s global market. Lean manufacturing has enabled businesses to increase production, reduce costs, improve quality, and increase profits by following five key principles
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Lean Faciltiy

Lean Faciltiy

The global market places significant pressure on businesses and other organizations to increase efficiency, improve profits, and reduce costs as consumers simultaneously demand lower-cost and better quality goods. In response, many lean manufacturing tools and methodologies have been developed to help businesses meet these demands.
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Advantages of Lean Manufacturing

Advantages of Lean Manufacturing

Womack and Jones, in their book Lean Thinking, define lean manufacturing as “a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste.” When properly implemented, lean manufacturing provides many advantages, which include improving flow (material, people, information, and work) and eliminating waste.
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Lean Manufacturing Efficiency

Lean Manufacturing Efficiency

Improving manufacturing efficiency requires eliminating waste. What is waste? Anything that is not adding value to the product or service. This value must also be value that the customer is willing to pay for; any added cost or effort that the customer is not willing to pay for is also waste.
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Continuous Improvement Ideas for the Workplace

Continuous Improvement Ideas for the Workplace

Success in today’s competitive market requires constant innovation and a vision focused on continuous improvement. When first considering continuous improvement, it can be hard to know where to start, but here are some helpful tips that should make it easier.
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Kaizen Getting Started

Kaizen Getting Started

There is more to implementing Kaizen than we can include on a single web page. However, the following serves as an overview of introducing Kaizen into an American workplace. For most American companies Kaizen involves a significant change in the corporate culture. This is key.
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Product Identification Labels

Product Identification

Product identification is a broad category of labeling that includes functions such as product traceability, brand protection, and various information labels. With a rapidly changing business environment and constant threats from theft and counterfeit products, product identification labeling is critical.
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Are Your Safety Signs Seen by Everybody?

Are Your Safety Signs Seen by Everybody?

Our society has become inundated with images of safety signs—on public transportation, in the workplace, in stores, on products, on equipment, and so much more. Unfortunately, these warning, danger, and general safety signs are not always easy to read and contain so much information that they are often not understood or simply ignored.
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Danger Safety Sign

How to Label Your Facility for Safety

Before beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling, in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations, is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers’ compensation claims, and fines.
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