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Lean Manufacturing: Creating the Conversation for Change

Lean Manufacturing: Creating the Conversation for Change

By Scott Smith | Continuous Improvement | February 20th, 2018 | Comments (0)
A lean management system creates alignment to a common purpose, creates transparency on what the organization’s problems are, and engages all employees through active involvement in solving the organization’s roadblocks to achieve their purpose. Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement go hand-in-hand. To start their lean journey, Darcor established both production planning and performance control boards in primary production areas. The performance control boards provide teams with measures that support the organization’s strategic direction and a method to solve problems. To be effective, the lean management system needs an operating rhythm that creates conversations and transparency on what is important and encourages accountability and action. Darcor’s team is better aligned to move at the speed that is required to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. The climate for the organization has improved and the culture has transformed to recognize and encourage active problem solvers in the operations environment.
Industrial Ergonomics: Best Practices for Cart Management

Industrial Ergonomics: Best Practices for Cart Management

Manual material handling using carts is a prime example of an occupational push and pull task. Managing the risk associated with pushing, pulling and maneuvering carts in the workplace is a critical component of an industrial ergonomics program. As most facilities or organizations have fleets of carts, a systematic approach is useful in managing and reducing the risks associated with cart handling. While such a system will vary to suit the idiosyncrasies of different operations, there are some common components to these ergonomics cart management programs. So, what are some best practices for cart ergonomics?
Industrial Ergonomics Regulations around the World

Industrial Ergonomics Regulations around the World

By Tom Albin | Workplace Ergonomics | December 12th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Understanding manual material handling and cart ergonomics standards everywhere is the key to minimizing risk of injury. Injuries related to manual materials handling (MMH) tasks are a major concern in industrial ergonomics. 3 out of every 4 individuals whose jobs include MMH tasks suffer pain due to back injury at some time, accounting for about 1/3 of all lost work and more than 1/3 of all compensation costs. In addition, there are major productivity losses associated with back injuries. Pushing and pulling tasks can be a major contributor to back injury in MMH tasks. So, what is a safe level of push/pull force?
How Reliable is Your Measurement of Forces to Maneuver Carts?

How Reliable is Your Measurement of Forces to Maneuver Carts?

By Tom Albin | Workplace Ergonomics | November 21st, 2017 | Comments (0)
Effective management of manual cart handling ergonomic programs relies on measuring the forces required to move carts manually. Forces that exceed acceptable levels are more likely to result in injury and may also adversely affect productivity. An accurate, reliable measurement of the force required to manually move carts is essential for the effective use of the Liberty Mutual Tables or any other tools that evaluate the acceptable level of the forces required to move carts. But, how reliable is your measurement of the forces exerted to maneuver carts in your facilities?
Aviation Ergonomics: The Ups and Downs of Manual Cart Handling in the Airline Industry

Aviation Ergonomics: The Ups and Downs of Manual Cart Handling in the Airline Industry

By Tom Albin | Workplace Ergonomics | October 17th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Aircraft manufacturers need to consider the risk of injury in manual material handling tasks. Wheels move all types of things in all types of places. There are some unique situations involving manually handling wheeled objects in aviation, both in manufacturing and in the operation of commercial aircraft. There are risks of overexertion injuries resulting from pushing and pulling when the tasks are not well designed, controlled and managed.
Proactive Ergonomics and Cart Handling in the Automotive Industry

Proactive Ergonomics and Cart Handling in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has a long and successful history of employing manual material handling ergonomics programs to reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and utilizing proactive ergonomics as a tool for improving both operational efficiencies and product quality. Find out more about proactive ergonomic best practices in implementing new or retrofit industrial ergonomics programs in the automotive industry.
Highlights from ErgoExpo 2017

Highlights from ErgoExpo 2017

The Darcor team just came back from attending the 2017 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo held in late August at Paris in Las Vegas. Find out what you may have missed as we highlight some of the best of ErgoExpo.
ErgoExpo 2017 - What's Trending in Ergonomics?

ErgoExpo 2017 – What’s Trending in Ergonomics?

The 2017 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo is quickly approaching. The ErgoExpo is being held August 22-25, 2017 at Paris in Las Vegas. The Darcor team is looking forward to the exciting speakers and sessions scheduled at the ErgoExpo this year.
The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

To understand the importance of using the right casters on medical equipment in a healthcare environment, let us examine a scene in an archetypal hospital where patients, carts and sensitive equipment are constantly ushered to various rooms, crossing multiple floors and possibly traveling long distance. Since the environment is in flux, it is imperative to consider the performance and failure rates of casters when evaluating the design of medical equipment both using original casters and replacement casters. Since casters need to constantly perform at their peak and be durable to create a positive impact on ROI, the logical next step is to examine how to identify the right casters for intended applications. Here are a few key points to consider:
Safe Operating Envelope

Safe Operating Envelope

Just as there are safe operating envelopes for aircraft, there are safe operating envelopes for pushing and pulling carts. Just as for aircraft, the strength and endurance capabilities of the human operator play an important role in determining the safe operating envelopes for carts. Operating forces that stress the operator beyond their limits are outside the safe operating envelope. Consequently, measuring the forces exerted by the cart operator and comparing those forces to known operator limits is the basis for determining a safe operating envelope.
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