Eric MacDonald

OSHA Inspections: Before, During, and After

Every manufacturer should be prepared at any given moment for an OSHA officer to show up for an inspection of your worksite. The visit could be planned, or it could very well be a surprise. Be prepared to pass the test and know what to expect ahead of time—including before, during, and after the inspection […]

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Common OSHA Violations in Manufacturing

Protecting the health and safety of your manufacturing workforce should be your number one priority as a leader. Unfortunately, the vast array of processes and workflows manufacturing covers makes it one of the most dangerous and frequently cited industries. Keep reading to learn what the top OSHA violations in manufacturing organizations have been over the […]

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Your OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist

Following safety guidelines and meeting OSHA standards should be top-of-mind for every manufacturer as we enter a new calendar year. With the Biden Administration officially in office, you can expect to see changes in OSHA standards and stricter guidelines for workplace safety across the board. Keeping all employees safe from risk should be your bottom […]

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The Core Principles of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence in manufacturing means adopting best practices, being dedicated to continuous improvement, engaging the process owners and utilizing the latest technology. This mindset in the workplace leads to accelerations in growth, improved productivity, and increased profitability. In order for your organization to start practicing operational excellence, it’s important for your leadership team, and all […]

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What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective?

What are you doing to protect your employees while keeping your supply chain effective? With panic shopping resulting in empty shelves at the local stores due to COVID-19 virus, it has become apparent that manufacturing supply chains are essential in these times. In order to restock the shelves and allow people to get the products […]

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Creating a Lean Culture: 5 Ways to Make Lean a Way of Life

Implementing Lean practices can oftentimes produce positive results in the short-term, but many companies lack the sustained commitment for a successful full adoption of Lean. For longterm change to take root, a company needs to develop a Lean culture. With Lean as a way of life, a company can reap the benefits of employee retention, […]

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Selecting New ERP – 5 Key Consultant Weaknesses to Avoid

By Mark Engleman, Engleman Associates ERP software is complicated and difficult for buyers to assess what functions really exist and what constitutes ERP vendor viability. It is even more difficult to arrange favorable initial and ongoing costs and commercial terms for ERP.  Companies purchase new ERP software maybe once a decade or less often—so they […]

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4 Benefits of Total Productive Maintenance

Lean Manufacturing focuses on continuous improvement in the pursuit of perfection. This philosophy can apply to manufacturing production through a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approach. By empowering employees to take responsibility for equipment maintenance and productivity, productive maintenance can help a manufacturer see benefits in 4 key areas: Efficiency, Moral, Safety, and Satisfaction. Efficiency TPM […]

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5 Common Reasons Behind Lean Manufacturing Failure

Lean Manufacturing, by definition, is about reducing non-value-added activities from the workflow. Unfortunately, the implementation of a Lean approach fails more often than not, and can end up as a waste of time and energy if there is not long-term follow through. Below are 5 common reasons why Lean fails: Too many Tools It is […]

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