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Following ergonomic best practices amid COVID-19

Here we will focus on both the work-at-home employee and those who remained in manufacturing and processing operations, as well as provide guidance on the issues that have arisen and best practices for mitigating ergonomics risks while following COVID-19 best practices.
By Timothy (Tim) Pottorff


Ergonomists rally to keep workers safe in pandemic

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic tested workplace safety experts in multiple ways, among them how to make workspaces safe from transmitting the coronavirus and helping employees adjust to the physical and mental strains of working remotely. As ergonomists were forced to overcome the obstacles thrown in their path, they learned how to adapt to a changing reality and develop innovative ideas to rethink where and how we work.
By Keith Albertson


How eliminating waste boosted meter installation by 100% in New York

Our client was in a situation in which the deployment of an AMI project was delayed, the rate of installation was not optimal and below planned. In other words, the forecast at the early stage of the project was not prominent. To understand the root cause of those problems and revert the project performance, Motive Power Inc. applied Lean and Six Sigma principles and developed tools.
By Gerhard Baumann and Satvinder Sidhu


Phantom assembly tool cuts manufacturing lead times, increases cost efficiency

One program that should be in every manufacturing supervisor’s virtual toolbox is the phantom assembly or phantom bill of material (BOM), defined as representing an item that is physically built but rarely stocked before being used in the next step or level of manufacturing. The lead time is set to zero and the order quantity to lot-for-lot.
By Ilyani Sanchez