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  • Harnesses and other personal-protection equipment provide needed safety but can also introduce ergonomic factors that must be addressed, particularly for trades personnel.
    Trades People Need Ergonomics, Too

    Q : How does ergonomics apply to trades? A:  Ergonomics (human factors) is made up of two Greek words, ergon (to work) and nomos (law). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, osha.gov) defines ergonomics as the study of work. More specifically, ergonomics is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing […]

  • Performing an annual analysis of your plant’s Maintenance Cost/Replacement Asset Value can lead to legitimate savings and possible improvement in your Quartile ranking.
    MC/RAV Metric Drives Improvement

    One metric that can help target improvement goals is MC/RAV (Maintenance Cost/Replacement Asset Value), used by all types of industries and scalable to all sizes of facilities. What does the metric really tell you? The formula and definitions below are consistent with the SMRP Body of Knowledge (used with permission): Total Maintenance Cost/RAV (%) = […]

  • An excellent example of manufacturers and educators not waiting for governments to get their acts together to solve the workforce problem is the collaboration between Siemens and other manufacturers and the Oakland Univ. ISE program.

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