Archive: Jul 2011

Why Process Validation?

Process and Product Validation can seem like an uneccessary step in the already complex process of bringing a product to completion, but it’s as critically important a step as test-driving a car before it gets to market to make sure that it’s safe for consumers. It can also do a lot to help the bottom…

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Thinking of Upgrading Your Plant?

In a large manufacturing facility, retooling a process or implementing a new automation technology an seem like an impossibly complex and time-consuming activity, especially if you’re already scrambling to meet product delivery deadlines. However, keeping your business competitive might depend on making sure that you’re staying with the curve (or ahead of it) technologically. How…

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Maintaining Ethical Standards in Manufacturing

The public image of a company is just as important as the product it makes. A little bad press can go a long way toward alienating customers and tanking sales, even when it’s entirely undeserved. That’s why it’s important to use ethical products and practices in your business, and make sure that your customers and…

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The Rise Of Multi-Function Labor

At the start of the Industrial Revolution, it was a breakthrough to have a plant full of people who each performed one job that eventually resulted in a product. Hundreds of complex products were made each day with each worker spending hours doing the same job. Today’s manufacturing worker is more likely to operate several…

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Eliminating Waste Around Your Plant

On the path to creating a greener plant, you will come to the realization that waste is a problem that also must be addressed. It isn’t just waste  as in trash, but waste (as a verb) occurring throughout the plant in several ways. Fortunately, these areas are easy to pinpoint, once you know what you’re…

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Neglected Housekeeping Can Derail Production

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,340 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2009. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were in production-based industries, 304 (7% of the total) were specifically in manufacturing. A closer look at the numbers shows that falls or strikes caused the majority of those fatalities. Both…

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