Thought leadership
Identifying Waste Within Your Manufacturing Operation
As manufacturers, we often ask ourselves how we can be more profitable. And the answer is usually simpler than we may think. In my experience, the key to improving the bottom line is identifying waste within the operation.
For many tradesperson, strapping on a tool belt is more than just having easy access to tools. It can become personal and part of who they are. From my own experience as a carpenter, I would like to share some thoughts on the subject. I am also interested in hearing what does and does not work for you.
Businesses can have a significant impact on the mental health of their employees—especially during times of crisis. But education is needed. We must raise awareness that mental health conditions are not the result of weakness, character, or upbringing. It is important to end the stigma around mental health, so people feel comfortable seeking care.
Understanding your fuel program is very important to capitalize on pricing trends and prepare for the future. A tractor operating 110,000 miles per year, with fuel economy of 5.5 mpg, uses 20,000 gallons of diesel annually. Each one-cent savings in the cost of a gallon of fuel represents a $200 savings per year per tractor.
For business leaders, the safety of their employees, families, and customers is of the utmost importance. When it comes to any sort of crisis there are specific actions that can be incorporated in every organization to ensure you are offering direction, reassurance, and a plan to keep employees on track during uncertain times.
One concern I often hear when talking to our customers is how they can better work preventative maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) into their operations without creating a lot of machine downtime. Normally, I have a pretty simple answer for that—schedule your PdM and PM into your everyday operating procedures.

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