Cultivating a Culture of Safety

Cultivating a Culture of Safety Providing a safe work environment for your employees, contractors and visitors starts with a Vision and Mission. Simply stated, “Every worker has the right to go home safe and healthy everyday and every employer has the responsibility to provide a safe work environment.” This was the driving force that resulted in […]

Smart Manufacturing – 90-Minute Consultation with Polytron Experts

You identify the right team members – We bring the Experts During the 90-minute session, we will discuss your Smart Manufacturing journey and potential starting points based on our project delivery expertise. Your Potential Smart Manufacturing Challenges Turn Manufacturing Data into Decision Points Upgrade Your Industrial Network for high-speed performance OEE and Downtime Tracking Other […]

Smart Manufacturing Workforce – Do You Already Have the Talent You Will Need?

Smart Manufacturing Defined: The use of real-time data and technology when, where and in the forms that are needed by people and machines;  fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the plant. Business Value Drivers of the Smart Manufacturing environment are: Sustainability:  Quality Improvement  / Capacity Management enhancement […]

Digital Transformation – What Does It Mean For Your Plant

Polytron predicts that this year will be focused on the trends that begin the journey of digital transformation in manufacturing. It is an approach that is holistic in nature – viewing the plant floor as one living. breathing entity.  It is a manufacturing environment where everything is part of a digital thread, or the interwoven […]

How Safe Is Your Plant Floor?

Almost every day in the United States, a news story is released about a severe injury or fatality at a manufacturing facility. Most common contributing factors are: Inadequate safety training for younger or new employees. Statistics show that the injury rate is higher in the younger manufacturing workforce. Read More Lack of awareness and understanding of […]

Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap on the Plant Floor

The manufacturing skills gap has been a national discussion for the last 15 years. In the most recent status report The Skills Gap in Manufacturing in 2015 and Beyond said, “Over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of […]

Mentoring in Moments of Need

In a previous blog, I wrote about using strategies for supporting performance when and where the need arises for employees to help themselves. Where training cannot possibly transfer all technical information for working tasks, there are Job Aids, Standard Operating Procedures, onsite experts, and other information sources that serve as “external” storage (other than memory) […]

Capitalizing on the FAT

During new machine installation or upgrade activities some people seem to have a good handle on equipment to be installed. If you’re not one of them, you probably did not attend the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the new machine. For projects involving new equipment, the FAT is performed at the vendor facility before the […]

On The Safe Side

When it comes to the day-to-day work activities in a manufacturing environment, nothing is more important than safety on the job. No matter where these activities occur, there are hazards. With worker safety, productivity, and cost at stake, why leave the risk of job hazards to chance? Ensuring safe operation and continued productivity relies on […]

Preparing Your Workforce for Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturing’s workforce is in a state of change and we will see this accelerate over the next five to ten years.  We have been talking about the exit of the baby boomers as 10,000 per day reach retirement age.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2016, one-third of the U.S. workforce will be age […]