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Current Quarter:  Q2-2018


Record-able OHSA Events this Quarter

For the week of:  May 14, 2018


April 11/18

Client Identified Events this Quarter

Poor Emulsion Stability Leads to Excessive Coolant Consumption

We were contacted earlier this month by a client that suspected that the high volumes of waste being generated by their tramp oil skimmer systems was in fact coolant product oil. This technicians concern was that coolant he was adding to the system wasn't having the chance to emulsify and as a result, it was floating on top and being removed by their skimmer systems.    He asked us to investigate. 



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Preventative Maintenance is not Always the Answer

Any time there's a quality event and the customer is involved, the problem needs to be contained, it needs to be fixed...ASAP.  The problem is, in the absence of good data, it's difficult to know what really happened that led to the quality event.  The containment action tends to be an all encompassing "re-set" of the process as we try to bring everything back to its original state when everything was working well (ie a machine clean-out).  If the problem goes away, everyone celebrates and gets back to business.  If the quality event was big enough, a new Preventative Maintenance schedule gets established, and now the system is being re-set at a higher frequency.  The problem is, every re-set is expensive, requires down-time and hurts productivity.  AND it might not even address the real problem that's causing the quality issue to begin with. 

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Shocking News From Alabama, fortunately no one was hurt.


Zimmark Service Technician Micheal Burgess received a minor shock on April 11th 2018 when he reached down to test a tether float in the Gravity Filter Tank at our PRA site in Alabama.  Micheal immediately informed his supervisor (Ken Attard).  The customer was informed of the incident and the incident was recorded under their HSE Requirements.  Micheal was not injured and did not require any medical attention.



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How KPI driven execution translates into increased OEE and overall cost reduction

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Using KPI Data To Drive Improvement

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Our Technicians are busy conducting fluid testing and machine TPM services in North Carolina.

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Would you eat that hot dog that was dropped on the floor in a public bathroom?

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Change the oil or change the culture?  (Chapter 1- Defining the Real Problem)

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LOTO - Lock-Out Tag Out

Lock Out - Tag Out, reviewing LOTO training with Tim in Greeneville TN

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Rusty Parts!

Do we really focus on finding the root cause?

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