Worker on a assembly line

How to make good assembly line work instructions?

Every employee has a slightly different way of doing things. Each has a different background, different experience, different depth of skill, and a slightly different work process—and that introduces variation into a company’s workflow. The larger your operation, the more variation works its way into the production line. Work instructions are key to reducing variation, …

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What are the signs your work instructions need an upgrade?

Research has shown that accidents in the workplace happen more frequently due to errors in systems rather than people. By writing clear work instructions, companies can improve their systems and reduce the number of accidents. Improving systems starts with looking at a company’s work instructions and standardized operating procedures (SOPs). Signs your work instructions need …

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What are quality checklists and how to use them?

A quality checklist is a checklist that gives information with regard to quality assurance activities. Information found on a quality assurance checklist are guides for identifying and planning quality assurance activities. Quality control inspection checklists serve two main purposes – 1. they outline quality standards and product requirements the company is expected to meet and …

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What are method statements?

Ensuring proper safety protocols can be a top priority. Method statements are one strategy you can use to mitigate risks, maintain safe working conditions and communicate important procedural information to your team. Knowing how to create an effective method statement can help you ensure the safety and success of your project. What is a method …

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5G vs. WiFi on the factory floor

5G proponents argue the technology can revolutionize an extensive variety of market sectors, from cars to smart cities. But this drumbeat is perhaps the loudest in terms of how 5G will affect the manufacturing industry. But 5G isn’t the only option when it comes to the “factory of the future.” There’s also WiFi 6, which …

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