How Increasing Safety Standards Actually Reduces Operating Cost
In a challenge to conventional wisdom that increasing safety adds cost, new research and evidence reveals the opposite.
Companies that implement safety functions, perform functional safety evaluations, and implement safety in manufacturing processes are finding benefits where few expected toon the bottom line. Where companies once saw up-front costs, downstream revenues are being tallied.
According to recent research conducted by Aberdeen Group, best-in-class manufacturers were able to effectively manage safety incidents by realizing a 0.05 injury frequency rate while performing at a 90 percent overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). These manufacturers were also able to achieve a 2 percent unscheduled asset downtime rate while their peers experienced a 14 percent rate. Such advantages ultimately accrue to the bottom line... Read more
Benefits and Latest Advances of 2D Bar Codes for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers
An explanation of how 2D bar codes can benefit tracking and tracing of consumer packaged goods throughout the supply chain, including a quick overview of recent advances that simplify integration and operation of 2D bar code readers.
Data matrix codes bring manufacturers plenty of benefits without adding a lot of cost or complexity to manufacturing lines. These 2D codes can help marketers create a range of variants such as regional packages and holiday specials, while also providing detailed tracking information that can aid in recalling isolated products or packages that must be recalled or speed responses when problems arise.
Data matrix codes have been used in automotive and aerospace manufacturing for years, but they've only recently begun seeing use in packaging and other areas where there's a need to store lots of information in a small space. The benefits are so significant that some analysts say companies may fall behind if they aren't using these codes for data tracking.
The symbols can be printed on the components of a product, providing serial numbers that track them throughout their entire lifetime. That can be extremely important if recalls arise... Read more
Extreme Manufacturing Makeover: Latex Mattress Manufacturer Automates from Scratch
After a devastating fire, Latex International built a new manufacturing operation from the ground up. The automation strategy, including totally networked processes with SCADA, enabled much higher throughput with 20% less floor space and 37% fewer employees. Part of an occasional series.
The morning of May 15, 2001 caused more than a few sleepless nights for the executives and workers of Shelton, Conn.-based Latex International (LI), which is somewhat ironic as the company is in the business of providing restful sleep to thousands of people who curl up with the company's high end latex pillows and mattresses in North America and Europe each night.
May 15th, a Tuesday, was the day that fire destroyed the company's only manufacturing plant, wiping out its inventory, its equipment and its records, essentially sending the company back to the drawing board.
That was a bad day, recalls Bob Maciejko, who, like 240 other LI employees didn't know how the company would respond to the setback. It was the middle of the dot-com bust and the spectre of unemployment loomed large over the shoulders of everyone... Read more
Video Tutorial: Siemens Machine Safety Reduces Integration Costs
Traditional machine safety system upgrades can be costly and time consuming.
Learn how Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) can eliminate high integration costs and engineering time on your next machine safety upgrade. This graphical animation video will highlight several techniques for reducing cost when integrating machine safety for a manufacturing or process control system... View now