What are you doing to protect our environment for our children and grandchildren? April brings us Earth Month, and in preparation, we are offering nine ways your company can help minimize its carbon footprint and improve the environment. Bonus: going green is also good for your bottom line. Go green and save some green! #1 – Conduct an energy audit. Many companies skip this step, but an audit will shine a bright light on where you may have inefficiencies that are wasting energy and money. Once you have a good idea of your energy consumption patterns, continue to monitor the [...]
According to OSHA, 5250 workers died on the job in 2018. According to the National Safety Council, in the United States, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This equates to: 540 work injuries per hour 12,900 work injuries per day 90,400 work injuries per week 7 million work injuries per year So what are you doing to avoid having one of your workers becoming one of these statistics? Outsourcing key functions is a familiar concept in many business scenarios. Outsourcing allows companies to focus on their core competencies, leaving specialized functions to those with specific expertise. [...]
Outsourcing key functions is a familiar concept in many business scenarios. Outsourcing allows companies to focus on their core competencies, leaving specialized functions to those with specific expertise. We see it on college campuses, which concentrate on education while leaving food preparation to national chains. Car dealerships sell cars but often hire outsourced detailing services to wash and prep customers’ vehicles. Building managers hire janitorial contractors and security firms rather than custodians and security guards…the list goes on and on. While some outsourcing decisions are easy to make, others, particularly those that involve highly complex areas requiring a significant degree [...]
Are you in compliance with all the new NYC DOB (Department of Buildings) OSHA training requirements? 2019 brought a lot of changes to Safety training requirements for construction work in NYC. Here are some of the highlights: […]
The HIA-LI is proud to announce we will be honoring Ron Loveland, President, Summit Safety & Efficiency Solutions at our HIA-LI Season of Giving Gala Luncheon on December 12th, 2019, 11 a.m., as an extraordinary leader who impacts the Long Island community. It was Margaret Mead who once said, “Never underestimate the power of a few committed passionate people. It is the thing that can change the world.” Our honorees are a fine example of that. Whether they have partnered with the community to carry out initiatives critical to the survival and growth of LI Business or helped develop HIA-LI [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!