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Measuring the Right Safety Metrics in Manufacturing

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Every manufacturing plant has a long list of measures, or key process indicators (KPI). Particularly from a safety perspective, those measures should encourage the proper behavior. At Milliken, our measures are directed to drive ownership, engagement and empowerment from...
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Create Safety Culture through ‘Sacred’ Time and ‘Sacred’ Space

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Building an excellent safety process demands the wise use of resources. In any plant, office, hospital, or other facility, Time and Space are finite, limited, and therefore, precious resources.  When we devote time and space to safety, we elevate...
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Designing a Long Term Safety Program for Manufacturing

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Every manufacturer strives to keep all employees safe. Too often, that responsibility is left to the leadership team, or worse, the safety manager. At Milliken we have learned to build safety ownership into the everyday behaviors, habits, and activities...
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Establishing Safety Leadership In Your Plant: How to Set The Vision for 100% Ownership

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more The health and safety of our associates is a deeply held organizational and individual value by Milliken. It was not always like that. Milliken was like many companies in that they were a “top-down” driven company. Initiatives were developed...
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What Does Sustainable Manufacturing Look Like?

What does Sustainable Manufacturing Really Mean? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines Sustainable Manufacturing as “the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources .” In part that means designing and operating manufacturing processes to minimize impacts to air, water and landfill, seeking to limit...
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Reinventing Operational Leadership

Manufacturing managers and supervisors often rise to operational leadership positions thanks to technical expertise with their companies’ processes and products. They know how things — machinery, information technology, etc. — are supposed to work, and have specialized knowledge about how to fix those things when problems arise. Unfortunately, things have very little to do with successful...
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The Operational Agility Requirement

During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand volatility has reached unprecedented levels. Some manufacturers have seen demand evaporate overnight, leaving them with warehouses filled with unwanted inventory. Others experienced demand spikes that overwhelmed their ability to keep pace. The solution for both types of volatility is the same: operational agility. Agility — both within a facility and...
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Webinar On Demand: Manufacturing a New Future

There is no precedent for the disruption in daily life and organizations driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturers are no different: millions of workers and tens of thousands of executives and managers find themselves isolated and worried as they try to protect their health and that of loved ones and colleagues — not to mention...
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