ANSI

ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization overseeing the development of voluntary standards in the United States. ANSI themselves do not create standards, but rather they accredit standards developed by consumer groups, government agencies, consumer groups,[…]

GHS Hazard Pictograms

GHS Hazard Pictograms

Since aligning with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires hazard pictograms to be included on chemical labels. GHS consists of nine different pictograms, a black hazard symbol on a[…]

Confined Space

Confined Space

What constitutes a confined space can be a bit vague as they aren’t defined by the size of the area and interpretations can vary between jurisdictions. Generally speaking, confined spaces are areas that have limited or restricted means of entry[…]

Changeover

Changeover

In manufacturing, changeovers have long been seen as a waste. Changeover represents the time and process of converting a line or machine from processing one product to another. Depending on the facility and industry, changeover times can range anywhere for[…]

Throughput

Throughput

There are many definitions of throughput in the realm of manufacturing, but generally speaking it is the rate at which work proceeds through a manufacturing system. Throughput can also be defined as the average number of units processed per time[…]

Control Charts

Control Charts

Control charts are a statistical process control tool developed in the early 1920s by Walter Shewhart. Organizations practicing statistical process control will use these charts to help determine if a process, whether manufacturing or business, is in what is considered[…]

Strategic Planning Process

Strategic Planning Process

Strategic planning is somewhat of a broad term used in business, but simply speaking it is an organizational management process used to set priorities, improve operations, and ensure everyone within the organization is working toward the same common goals. Going[…]

Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is the ongoing effort to improve products, services, or processes. Workplaces as a whole, from the CEO down to workers on the frontline, adopt a focus on improving the way things are done on a regular basis, knowing[…]

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a continuous improvement strategy used for quality control in manufacturing. As the name suggests, this methodology uses statistical methods to monitor and control processes to ensure all production processes are operating as efficiently as possible.[…]