Lean manufacturing has changed the plant floor in many ways and the future promises everything will become Leaner as companies use real-time data to improve operations.
Nolan Lestage, a utilities supervisor for West Liberty Foods in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, shares his story of his manufacturing experience and the pride he has in his work.
Moving toward proactive maintenance requires a foundational change.
Lean manufacturing and the advent of Big Data have made operations more complex and the company needs to make the operational process as simple as possible to avoid chaos.
Predictive, preventive, and breakdown maintenance are common maintenance programs that provide their own unique benefits and plant managers should know when to employ them.
Vending programs can manage materials and provide workers with better access.
A life in manufacturing means adapting to changes and evolving your mindset to fit the times to grow your skillset as well as the company's.
Companies looking to implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into their maintenance program need to understand its benefits and how they can take advantage of its potential by implementing reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) and condition-based maintenance (CBM).
Maintenance is crucial, but a lack of resources remains an issue according to respondents for the 2017 Maintenance Survey.
Regular cable testing on motors are designed to help determine if any scheduled maintenance may need to take place and using insulation resistance or polarization index testing can provide some answers.