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The link between lean manufacturing and better insurance

As a manufacturing specialist, Michael Schlagenhaufer is a self-proclaimed “lean believer” who continually tours plants and points out areas for improvement—some 5S here, opportunities for standard work there, a potential for a value stream and cellular work flow here and there. But he doesn’t work for a consultancy or a manufacturer, nor is he a sole proprietor. He works for Acuity, an insurer based in Sheboygan, Wis. Most if not all manufacturers, including metal fabricators, need some insurance products like property and workers’ compensation as well as product liability. Some operations might qualify for other products, like errors and omissions [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: Manufacturing|Tags: , |Comments Off on The link between lean manufacturing and better insurance

Are You Giving Enough “Credit” to Lean Manufacturing?

Is your business, like many others, struggling with the high cost of doing business in the United States? Many companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs, improve quality, speedy deliveries, and enhance safety. Manufacturing companies have found ways to meet these goals by implementing “lean manufacturing.” Lean manufacturing, or lean production, is a systematic method for minimizing waste within a manufacturing system, without sacrificing productivity. Lean also takes into account waste created through overburden and unevenness in workloads. By focusing on improving the "flow," or smoothness of work, lean can provide a set of tools that assists in [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Manufacturing|Tags: |Comments Off on Are You Giving Enough “Credit” to Lean Manufacturing?

Queens Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Committee

I had the good fortune to meet a concentration camp survivor, Polish immigrant, great entrepreneur and founder of Securitech, Simon Berger, during a presentation Eric Ciampoli and I did for the Queens Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Committee last night. An inspiration to us all. L' Shana Tova!

By |October 6th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Queens Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Committee

Need an ERP system, but concerned about the effort to get it implemented?

Implemented 9 Epicor ERP Systems with the fastest implementation in 7 weeks from a cold start. These 9 ERP systems are as under: Product  Inventory Services Sales Human Resource Purchases CRM MRP Financials   An ERP system is designed using a collection of ERP modules (ERP applications) that are each designed to meet a specific part of a company's needs. Each of the ERP modules communicates with each other by sharing a central database. For example, a company may start with an ERP system that has human resources, inventory, finance, and sales modules to help run their company. As the company grows [...]

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Need an ERP system, but concerned about the effort to get it implemented?

What apps have you found valuable for your business?

80% of B2B buyers are already using mobile technology and mobile applications at work, representing a 70% increase since 2016, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). These figures will likely continue to grow, with an anticipated 70% of all search queries in B2B to be conducted on mobile by 2020. According to PwC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey (2015), 81% of CEOs saw mobile technology as being strategically important for their business, while assessing how to turn their digital technologies into a competitive advantage. Although the 2019 Survey has reported challenges with turning data into a valuable commodity, it’s clear that mobile technologies still [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on What apps have you found valuable for your business?

Lean Manufacturing & Battling Rising Costs in NYC

Lean Manufacturing Expert Eric Ciampoli and I will be presenting strategies and a case study on how one Bronx manufacturer saved $$millions to combat the rising minimum wage... Lean manufacturing or lean production is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. Lean also takes into account waste created through overburden and waste created through unevenness in workloads. Lean manufacturing makes obvious what adds value, by reducing everything else (which is not adding value). Venue & Time Securitech Group, Inc. 54-60 46th Street Maspeth, NY 1137 Time: 16:00 Thursday, September 26  

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|Comments Off on Lean Manufacturing & Battling Rising Costs in NYC

Which Professions are Associated with Cancer Risk?

About 5-8% of all cancers worldwide are caused by exposures to carcinogens in the workplace, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Although the rate of workplace-related cancers has decreased due to safety regulations, exposure to some dust, gases, and chemicals can increase cancer risk in those who are frequently exposed. What’s more, there are hidden health risks for the average worker in seemingly safer industries or environments that could increase the risk of getting cancer. Professions at a higher risk of exposure and cancer risk include:   Office jobs Sitting for most of the day — whether [...]

By |September 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Which Professions are Associated with Cancer Risk?

Is the air quality in your facility making you sick?

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 30 % of new or remodeled office buildings report excessive rates of occupant indoor air quality (IAQ) related health and discomfort complaints. Typical indoor air quality complaints include headache, fatigue, allergy symptoms, mucous membrane irritation, and nausea. These symptoms are common among the general population, contributing to a lack of management support for investigation prioritization. More serious IAQ health conditions can be potentially attributed to mold, bacteria, asbestos, fiberglass, animal urine and feces, and formaldehyde. The majority of IAQ complaints are usually valid and can be resolved through resource commitment to [...]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Is the air quality in your facility making you sick?

What are you doing to get everyone on board?

Your shop's lean manufacturing effort and ability to modernize depends on it... Everyone resists change to some degree, but some are more stubborn than others. That creates a problem that can’t be ignored especially as a manufacturing company attempts to modernize and adapt to lean manufacturing. You have been on your lean manufacturing journey for some time now. You have demonstrated results, gotten employees’ attention, and have shown customers your company can be reliable. Sounds like this is the way to go. All is well—except for one thing. You have a problem with Johnny, a longtime employee true to the [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Safety|Comments Off on What are you doing to get everyone on board?

Controlling Climate and Managing Heat Stress

Rising temperatures. E-commerce growth. Escalating consumer expectations. The heat is on this summer—specifically on workers in storage warehouses and 3PLs. Hot in-plant temperatures can negatively impact employee productivity and create health hazards. Due to the large, cavernous layouts of these types of facilities, and the ever-shrinking delivery times that today’s online shoppers expect, it’s difficult for warehouse workers to "keep their cool," especially during June, July, and August. While there is no one way to address this climate challenge, there are a variety of products facility managers can implement to improve working conditions for employees. Keeping workers comfortable with high-volume, [...]

By |June 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Controlling Climate and Managing Heat Stress