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It’s that time of year again for that notorious phrase / name of Big Ten.

Well this Big Ten is a little different as it does not have anything to do with basketball, or three pointers. However this link has some great insight and POINTERS of ten things that companies need to reflect on to make sure they stay competitive in 2025 and make the big ten of their customer’s suppliers. Courtesy of supplychain247.com

http://www.supplychain247.com/article/ten_mega-trends_of_the_u.s._roadmap_for_material_handling_logistics

 

HYDRATION!!! A holiday weekend is coming up and many will be outside playing cornhole (like CIT employees will be Friday), family picnics, celebrating in remembrance for the holiday, and just plain spending time in the sun. Remember when it is as hot and humid out, you have to make sure you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and if you already have some dehydration…. boost it with a sports drink with electrolytes (see fun video below). =)

Hydration is extremely crucial to your entire body but especially your heart. “It’s critical for your heart health.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently”, according to the American Heart Association.  This means less muscle cramping and fatigue that can ruin your weekend.

Even though Manning encourages it, you don’t have to sweat it to get it. Stay hydrated friends!

 

For more information from the Heart Association on hydration, see below

American Heart Association

At CIT we are constantly figuring out new ways to improve on time, efficiency, and quality.  The video below is of our new automated Drill and Tap machine that we designed, built, and even have touch screen installed to run. If you watch this machine is taking our 1 x 1 pieces of metal and first drilling the ends, then it moves them to the front to be tapped.  The machine itself saves 2 minutes per part over using our manual way where there is more room for error and was taking 3 minutes per part before.

Ask CIT how our innovative ideas can help with your fabrication needs.

 

 

I don’t want to name names, but I’m sure many of you have heard about the customer service incident that went GLOBAL via the internet this week.
So this week let’s talk customer service. Below is a nice little read. Most people even if they like your product, service, or company in general will let customer service incidents affect their position on continuing business, ESPECIALLY if there are close competitors. In professional relationships, having the last word is not NEARLY as important as having a great working relationship and continuing business. Even if they are wrong (which the customer never is) it is better to value the customer and resolve the situation. Hmm not too bad advice for those personal relationships either. =)

http://video.about.com/marketing/Tips-for-Customer-Service-Best-Practices.htm

For some of us/ you it is quarter end and semi-annual report time. Your  brain may be overworked and over used.. Take a break and check out this video on Brain Power. It’s pretty magical (pun intended).

or see their website for other great videos too.

http://www.ted.com/talks/keith_barry_does_brain_magic#t-517223

 

The weather is getting warmer, for drivers this means we will have so many more obstacles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds, and pedestrians.  It is tough enough to keep our eye on the road and not get distracted from our surroundings. Please don’t use your phone as an additional distraction.

FACT:

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI) 

Watch the attached YouTube Video of a Volkswagen commercial… and remember it only takes a few seconds of distraction

Have a safe spring/ summer friends!

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Work safety truly is important in every workforce. It can prevent you from being laughed at on YouTube, but also more importantly it keeps everyone injury free.  Most safety errors don’t only put the one person at risk but multiple persons.

Below are some fantastic tips found on complianceandsafety.com

And just in case you still want to giggle a little at other’s misfortune here is a YouTube video on some workplace fails  

EPIC WORKER’S FAIL

 

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

Your safety is your personal responsibility.

Always follow the correct procedures.Never take shortcuts.

Take responsibility and clean up if you made a mess.

Clean and organize your workspace.

Ensure a clear and easy route to emergency exits and equipment.

Be alert and awake on the job.

Be attentive at all times to your work surroundings.

When in doubt, contact your supervisor or manager for instruction, guidance, or training.

Never take risks when it comes to safety.

Obey safety signs, stickers, and tags.

Take short breaks when you keep up a repetitive motion for a long period of time, and sit, stand, or walk with good posture.

Report serious injuries immediately to a supervisor and get emergency assistance.

Keep things in perspective. Hazards may be limitless, so focus on the most likely risks first.

  • Strained backs and sliced fingers may be more popular in your workspace than would the risk of flooding (as in a basement office) or the risk of wild animals cutting loose (as in a zoo).

http://youtu.be/DWc8dUl7Xfo

The “STACK” video is 5 operators playing large JENGA using their Caterpillar equipment driving experience.  The video of their skill is just impressive.   Caterpillar, one of our customers, posted this on their website and we keep watching it over and over.

Check it out.

STACK

 

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
― E. Joseph Cossman

At CIT we have set the goal of “World Class Company”. If you research this online you will find that it is much more than just Quality or ISO certification, it is the totality of your business.

For example some techniques are:

  • Make-to-order – CIT has our own Design/ Engineering department for new product development
  • Streamlined flow – CIT has our facility set up so that products are streamlined machine to machine, and department to department. Raw material comes in one end of the building and goes out the other as complete products.
  • Small lot sizes- CIT breaks down the run quantities to maximize efficiency while minimizing slow moving inventory.
  • Families of parts – CIT manufactures similar part families within the same work cell
  • Doing it right the first time – CIT has meetings daily with supervisors as well as job kick off meetings to ensure all are aware of the expectations before they start, ideally to exceed customer expectations
  • Cellular manufacturing – This also goes hand in hand with our streamlined flow how our work cells are located to maximize product flow.
  • Total preventative maintenance – By tracking and documenting the maintenance on our equipment, we schedule preventative maintenance BEFORE there are problems
  • Quick changeover – CIT designs and builds most of our fixtures in house, by doing this they are built specifically for our needs
  • Zero Defects – Our job is to correct and prevent defective parts reaching the customer
  • Just-in-time – Our customer’s keep us updated with monthly reports on our on time delivery, we will continue assessing this to reach goals and reduce lead times
  • High employee involvement – We strive to keep employees involved and aware by utilizing their ideas to make company wide improvements
  • Cross functional teams – This is necessary to cross train employees, not only for staffing, illness issues, but so that employees are aware of cause and effect of their task
  • Multi-skilled employees – Most of our Supervisors/Leads actually worked in their department prior to being promoted, they are hands on and typically able to do multiple jobs within the work cells
  • Statistical process control – CIT is working on this area so that we can get a better handle on where and how improvements can be made. We currently review PPM’s by the entire plant as well as by product line.20140409_150130[1]