Bull Metal has been a Lean company for several years now. Lean Manufacturing is a way to lessen waste and production time. It is a continuous improvement system that stems from the Toyota Production System (TPS). Lean Manufacturing also improves manufacturing efficiency and quality. Lean Manufacturing not only has helped manufacturing companies but also restaurants such as fast food establishments.
The following items are the 7 wastes Lean Manufacturing gets rid of (TOM D WIP).
Lean Manufacturing also has a 5 step process to improve production.
Specify value from the standpoint of the end customer by product family.
Identify all the steps in the value stream for each product family, eliminating whenever possible those steps that do not create value.
Make the value-creating steps occur in tight sequence so the product will flow smoothly toward the customer.
As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity.
As value is specified, value streams are identified, wasted steps are removed, and flow and pull are introduced, begin the process again and continue it until a state of perfection is reached in which perfect value is created with no waste (continuous improvement).
When buying from Bull Metal you can be assured that your product was created in a Lean Manufacturing environment. All of our toolboxes, storage cabinets, electrical enclosures, novelty boxes and more are designed with care and made with quality. These are the values that Lean Manufacturing instills.
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Bull Metal prides itself on providing a safe working environment for our employees. We have taken several steps to ensure that everyone has the proper training to work safely and efficiently. Here are some steps you can follow to keep your employees safe at your shop.
1. Everyone must wear safety glasses. Even if you’re not working a machine, a piece of metal could fly into your eye from another machine.
2. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry. Anything longer than it has to be could get caught in a machine.
3. Wear appropriate shoes. Steel toes are recommended for employees working with metal. Open toed shoes or sandals are not safe!
4. Listen to the machines you are using, if they are making a noise you have not heard before, do not use them.
5. Do not leave the machines unattended.
6. Be aware of what and who is around you. You don’t want to bump into someone using a dangerous machine.
7. Tie long hair and beards back. You don’t want it to get caught in machinery.
8. Don’t use a machine unless you have properly trained on how to use it.
9. Know where the first aid kits are in case of emergency.
10. Keep your work area clean. This will prevent slips and falls that can cause injury.
It is clear that the current administration stands squarely on the side of the American worker, and looks to the private sector to provide the jobs. To make that happen, the government must provide an atmosphere that gives business the confidence to invest in themselves because they feel it will be profitable to do so. From research and development of new products, to higher efficiency production techniques, it is all driven by the profit motive which is the inherent driver of free market capitalism. There are a lot of areas that the government has the ability to impact in creating the necessary positive atmosphere for American business to flourish, international trade is one.
Currently there is a lot of discussion about the steel industry. Many say that American steel companies (and thus American steel workers) are hurt by foreign countries “dumping” steel in America. Dumping refers to artificially low prices usually due to foreign governments subsidizing their steel producers for product sold to other countries. The effect is a corrupted market and unfair competition for non-subsidized producers.
Most would find history shows that tariffs create trade wars and in the long run lower economic activity for all parties – which would hurt workers in all countries. Will a steel tariff help all Americans, or just the steel workers? Below are some links to articles related to proposed tariffs on foreign steel.