Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality Control in Manufacturing

In manufacturing, quality control is a process that ensures customers receive products free from defects and meet their needs. When done the wrong way, it can put consumers at risk. For example, the recent defect found in Takata airbags resulted in the biggest automotive recall in history. The recall includes almost 69 million airbag inflators and may cost billions of dollars. The recall will last until the end of 2019 and take until 2020 to resolve.

Major recalls like these can be prevented through effective quality control in manufacturing. Some common tools used to support quality control include:

  • Statistical process control (SPC) monitors and controls quality by tracking production metrics. It helps quality managers identify and solve problems before products leave the facility.
  • Six Sigma uses five key principles to ensure products meet customers’ needs and have zero defects.

When supported by lean tools like Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), 5S, and Kaizen, most if not all defects can be eliminated.

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Electrical Safety Signs

Electrical Safety Signs

Electrical safety is a major problem in modern workplaces. Each year, OSHA produces a list of their ten most frequently cited violations. General electrical safety requirements show up on that list year after year. While electrical safety involves many different elements, safety signs are often overlooked.

Electrical safety signs communicate important information to workers. They can also be one of the most efficient tools in a facility manager’s toolkit. They’re also required by a variety of laws and standards.

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Floor Marking Placement

Floor Marking Placement

Floor marking should be used if there are two or more types of traffic, or as a way to make users aware of safety hazards. Floor marking is used to separate people from hazards, mark aisles and passageways, and establish safe zones and other specific traffic uses.
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10 Health & Safety Tips for Safety Managers

10 Health & Safety Tips for Safety Managers

Get 10 tips for improving safety in any facility. This infographic covers the importance of mitigating hazards, preparing for the unexpected, keeping workers safe in emergencies, and meeting OSHA requirements.
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How to Improve Your Facility's Safety with Compliance Labelling

How to Improve Your Facility's Safety with Compliance Labelling

Before beginning work, it’s crucial to evaluate your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective compliance 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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Lean Logistics Techniques

Lean Logistics Techniques

Any successful logistics system needs to provide the required materials where and when they are needed. Lean logistics takes this approach a step further.
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Top 10 Uses for DuraLabel Industrial Printers

Top 10 Uses for DuraLabel Industrial Printers

Workplace safety is more important than ever before. With federal rules and regulations in place and always changing, it’s vital to run a workplace in which employees can do their best work while ensuring compliance with OSHA guidelines. 
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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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