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

Essential to the success of change management, implementing process improvement and lean manufacturing is engagement of your workforce. In a word, building trust…

Trust empowers an organization because it demands that stakeholders are not merely treated as means to an end, but ends in themselves. I was recently invited by Accenture Strategy, along with other thought leaders such as Bruce Weinstein and Andrew Winston, to discuss its research on trust and competitive agility. In a study of 7000 companies the firm found it found trust among a diverse ecosystem of stakeholders is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage. One of the most interesting aspects of the discussion was how crucial trust is for driving transformation and change. We tend to think of trust as static, but Accenture's research, [...]

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What were your lean highlights in 2018?

A Baker's Dozen of the Best in Lean and Continuous Improvement in 2018 The end of a year is a good time to reflect. As IndustryWeek looks back over 2018, we cannot help but appreciate the excellent lean manufacturing and continuous improvement content that has appeared on our site, in our newsletters, and across our community. Everyone is worth a read and will teach you something. Following are 13 highlights in this topic area that drew the greatest interest from readers in 2018. 1. An Operational Nod to Anthony Bourdain How a fluffy egg sandwich became a lesson in continuous improvement? (Illustration [...]

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The Essence of Cold Weather Protection

As the seasons change, we are used to adjusting our everyday wardrobes to combat dwindling temperatures. For workers such as those in the oil and gas and utility industries, who may face long periods of exposure to the outdoors, transitioning work wear for the changing seasons is just as important. Long hours outdoors leaves workers susceptible to cold stress and related illnesses. Similar to heat stress, cold stress occurs when someone begins to lose the ability to regulate his or her body temperature during prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, in this case to the cold. This can lead to a [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on The Essence of Cold Weather Protection

The Role of The Lean Strategy

Whether it is cost reduction/margin improvement, quality improvement, safety or better on-time delivery rate, determine your goal for your lean journey. How will it improve your business and operations? In the long run, lean isn’t effective without an overarching strategy You are several months into your lean journey. You understand the opportunities for your business, have run a few tactical projects or kaizen events to get some early traction, and people are starting to gain confidence that this lean “thing” is going to make a difference. Now it’s time to create a plan to take a more strategic approach. A [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on The Role of The Lean Strategy