You've received a letter in the mail, and it looks important. It's from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and they want to do an inspection of your warehouse. Take a deep breath, and don't panic. The FDA does random inspections all the time, and they just want to check your production and quality control processes . No biggie. The problem is, FDA inspections can last days — months, sometimes —and this can distract your [...]
A visual factory is a manufacturing center that's full of graphical information. All of these images must be bright, clear, coherent, easy to read and strategically placed. In a visual factory, you can just glance up or look around you, and you instantly know what to do, where to go, where to find certain items or which safety rules to follow. As a result, the entire plant is more organized and more productive. But how [...]
In this article we will explore what is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how manufacturers can be compliant. The threatening FSMA which is making everyone in the food industry scared. Signed in 2011, it is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in the US in more than 70 years. According to FDA, "About 48 million people in the U.S. (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each [...]
Reducing Defects and Increasing Efficiency With The Right Production Software It is drummed into every Six Sigma expert that defects need to be brought to near zero or zero. We spend years studying project management techniques and looking for upgrades to increase our output and reduce defects. While there is a large body of knowledge on these topics, rarely is production software mentioned. Project managers often fail to give any thought to the software that creates the [...]
One of the most important aspects of manufacturing is having the right people in supervisory and lead hand positions. Your leadership team should be both liked and respected, and make workers feel they are a vital part of the company’s success. They must also set an example- one of dedication to the work at hand and a desire to do their jobs well and efficiently. A motivated and conscientious worker would be perfect for a [...]
There are multiple approaches that can be taken to maintenance. However, predictive maintenance is certainly a method that's continuously gaining traction as the world of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) technologies drive it forward. What Is It? Predictive Maintenance is a method used to be proactive in the maintenance of machines and equipment. Rather than waiting for a problem to occur, the aim of predictive maintenance is to not only keep machines properly maintained at [...]
If you take a look around you will probably see at least two or three pieces of furniture. Furniture is part of our lives and we somehow disregard the whole process behind it: Designing, carefully selecting the materials and manufacturing it. This video shares a glance of an amazing wooden furniture manufacturing process that might change your perspective over what surrounds you.
Good manufacturing practice is marked by an interesting history and has transformed over time. This post seeks to explore all that GMP entails – its history, definition, basic tenets, variations and importance. A Brief History on GMP The industrial revolution transformed agriculture in the 19th century. The improved productivity in farm produce could now be transported all over the country in an unprecedented way. However, these blessings came with its drawbacks. Toxic chemicals were used [...]
In every company, it is the duty of every person involved in the manufacturing process to ensure that the end products are both safe and of the highest quality. Good manufacturing practices are established government regulations that are used to ensure this. If you’ll like to have an overview of what Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is all about, kindly check out the post on The Ultimate Guide to an Introduction in GMP. In this post, [...]
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