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Fire Prevention Plan

Fire Prevention Plan

As the name suggests, a fire prevention plan is something workplaces institute to prevent fires through identification and mitigation of hazards. Preventing fires will prevent the loss of life, injuries, and other costs associated with property damage. OSHA requires fire prevention plans under the standards for ethylene oxide (1910.1047), methylenedianiline (1910.1050), and 1,3 Butadiene (1910.1051).

Warehouse Automation

Warehouse Automation

Warehouses have long taken advantage of emerging technologies to improve processes—and automation is no exception. While some fear that robots are set to take over jobs, automation technology can actually be extremely beneficial to both the warehouse and its employees. Companies don’t completely automate their operations, but rather use automation to complete repetitive or unsafe tasks to

Warehouse Logistics

Warehouse Logistics

The Oxford Dictionary defines logistics as “the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.” When applied to the supply chain, warehouse logistics encompasses shipping and receiving, the flow of materials, inventory tracking, storage optimization, and so much more. What is the goal of warehousing logistics? Generally speaking, the main objective

ASHRAE 62.1 + 62.2

ASHRAE 62.1 + 62.2

The standard ASHRAE 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy is used in all sorts of environments. The standard specifically states, “The purpose of this standard is to specify the combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to a majority of the occupants within the space.” The thermal

ASHRAE 55

ASHRAE 55

The standard ASHRAE 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy is used in all sorts of environments. The standard specifically states, “The purpose of this standard is to specify the combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to a majority of the occupants within the space.” The thermal

ASHRAE 170

ASHRAE 170

If not properly controlled, hospitals can be some of the dirtiest places around. Thankfully, there are standards and regulations to prevent that from happening. In fact, one of them is the standard ASHRAE 170 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, which was published by ASHRAE and endorsed by ANSI and ASHE. Covering the areas that AHRAE 62.1 and

ASHRAE

ASHRAE

ASHRAE stands for the American Society of Heating, refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The group we know today as ASHRAE was originally founded in 1959 after two engineering groups, the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning (ASHAE) and the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), were merged. The organization seeks to continually improve the design and construction of heating,

ASHRAE 90.1

ASHRAE 90.1

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning publishes technical standards for improving energy efficiency, indoor air quality, building service engineering, and the sustainable development of HVAC&R technology. One of the publications they have is Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This is an ANSI standard that has been published by ASHRAE and sponsored

CAS Number

CAS Number

A CAS number, also known as a CASRN number, is a route for identification of specific chemical substances. This number can contain up to ten digits and has three parts. The first section can hold between two and seven digits, the second section contains two digits, and the third only has one as a check. With

MRO (Maintenance, Reliability, and Operation)

MRO (Maintenance, Reliability, and Operation)

MRO is defined as the goods or equipment that are necessary for the production process but are not included in the final product of that process. MRO management is an important part of proactive maintenance because if properly implemented and managed, the facility will benefit from lower costs, protect customer deliveries, and reduce downtime incidents. MRO items

Warehouse Racking

Warehouse Racking

Warehouse racking is essential to facilitate organization within areas used to store hundreds or thousands of products. Storing products in this way makes it easier for employees to locate product quickly and efficiently. However, warehouse racking means nothing without the proper labels used to identify what products are. The information that is usually found on these warehouse

Idle Time

Idle Time

Idle time is often confused with downtime when in fact they are two very different concepts pertaining to manufacturing, distribution, and other industrial environments. Idle time is defined as a period of time that could be spent performing work related tasks, but nothing is being done. On the other hand, downtime is defined as a period of time

Fleet Management

Fleet Management

Successful fleet management systems are multi-faceted programs that work to optimize costs, reduce risks, and increase productivity in workplaces that regularly use company vehicles to provide services. These vehicles can be anything from commercial motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, or specialized vehicles such as forklifts, and private vehicles such as planes and helicopters. Fleet management

RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance)

RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance)

RCM, also known as reliability centered maintenance, does exactly what its name implies. It ensures maintenance and inspection tasks are focused on improving the safety and reliability of essential equipment. This system can be recognized by its three distinct and ongoing phases: Decision – This phase first focuses on the components of a system that have a

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The goal of applying the theory of constraints, or TOC, is to increase profit by increasing the company’s throughput. Throughput is the rate at which a company can produce and deliver a product or service to their customers. It is essentially the speed of production. To meet this goal, there are three objectives that the company

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