Improving Maintenance Reliability and Sustainability
Small to mid-sized companies face many challenges in today’s business climate. In the “Amazon” era, customer
expectations continue to rise, presenting a great need for businesses to continually improve processes and methods. This constant need for improvement is all in the hopes of mitigating challenges and turning them into wins throughout the customer buying cycle.
In terms of shipping customer products, the struggle can be very real. There are many things to consider and often overcome. A manual shipping system requires accessible inventory and humans to execute every aspect of bringing that inventory to customers. Inventory must be chosen based on a customer’s order and picked so that it can be packaged. The item must then be sent through a series of checks before it is packaged in the correct sized box and weighed for shipping. After the item is labeled, the correct shipping method must be chosen. The prepared shipment must be brought to the end of the shipping cycle for sorting prior to carrier pickup. There is a lot of movement in a manual system and humans must execute the steps within a manual system.Read More
Surplus inventory is often talked about but not always clearly defined. What is the definition of surplus inventory? Where does it come from? Why is selling surplus a good idea? Here are answers to your surplus questions.Read More
Successful control system automation projects all have common attributes that make them successful. Likewise, failed projects also have common missteps that have a significant negative impact. Proper execution of a control system automation project is a process that involves continual monitoring and adjustments by project leaders. This process encompasses multiple critical steps to ensure the project is being executed properly to meet the end-user goals.Read More
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Stellar recently completed a new, state-of-the-art hatchery for poultry processor Bell & Evans. The facility — which is the first certified organic, humane, animal-welfare focused chick hatchery in the United States — is an example of trailblazing a new approach to traditional food processing.
Not only does it employ fascinating and cutting-edge technology, but this food processing project contains lessons for any food manufacturer looking to pioneer or experiment in their own particular market.
Regardless of what sector of the food industry you are in, there are important factors to consider before investing in a new technology or adventuring into uncharted territory in plant processing.
Over the years, electronics, software and technology in general have become less expensive for power plants, but operators' wages continue to rise-especially as the labor pool diminishes. As equipment is becoming engineered for more reliability and controllability, power plants are becoming more automated. This has become the justification for fewer power plant operators on staff, with some facilities attempting to become or successfully becoming completely unmanned.Read More
ISO 9001:2015 certification is a positive achievement for an organization. This achievement is very important for a company as well as the customers it services.