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What Color are Steam Pipes?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A13.1 1996 standard for pipe identification specifies that steam pipes should be identified with a yellow background color with bold black text. This color code is widely recognized and used in many industrial and commercial settings to identify the contents of a pipe as steam. The ANSI A13.1 standard

Keeping Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Clean

Worker wearing clean PPE

Personal protection equipment, or PPE, is critical for keeping people safe in the workplace. There are many different types of PPE available, each of which is designed to provide a specific type of protection to the person wearing it. While some PPE items is designed to be used once and then disposed of, most of

5S Factory Reset: Step by Step

5S sweep

In some situations, the factory tends to become unproductive, lacks efficiency and unorganized. This is a time for factory reset where there is a need to start afresh. The workplace may not need drastic changes; however, it is time to implement principal changes that will make a difference and restore productivity within the workplace adapting

Simplifying Asset Management with Labels

asset tagging

It is important when managing assets, especially when they are customer owned, to be able to clearly identify and report condition of tooling and equipment.  In the case of customer-owned tooling, there are often agreements that the business is responsible to maintain their equipment, but in order to do so, a meticulous process of budgeting

What is Process Safety Management?

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management (PSM) is an analytical tool used to prevent the release of highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) and improve safety in the workplace. As defined by OSHA and the EPA, HHCs are chemicals that can pose physical or health hazards to workers or the surrounding community. These chemicals are usually toxic, reactive, flammable, and/or

Mining Safety: What You Need to Know

Visual communication is essential to occupational safety and this is especially true if the workplace is a notoriously hazardous mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires that mine operators follow safety guidelines to reduce the risks of safety hazards. Mines should also employ visual safety tools such as safety signs and labels to

The History of Kanban

history of kanban

The world-renowned carmaker Toyota began studying supermarkets in the 1940s. Supermarkets have a unique in-store system that uses in-store stocking techniques. Their system always provides for adequate amounts of products on the shelves without having to store excess amounts because customers know they can always return to the store for more. Toyota believed that this

The Concepts of Kaizen

Kaizen concepts

Kaizen is a philosophy, a methodology, and a way of mind. There are a number of tools and conceptskaizen utilizes to inspire the continuous mindset. Below are a few of our favorite. Management: In kaizen, management has two functions: maintenance and improvement. Setting standards and keeping them is an important part of kaizen. One of

The Possibilities of LabelTac Tape

LabelTac Labels

LabelTac industrial printers are a series of thermal transfer printers that have the capability to produce heavy duty and professional grade custom labels. For the thermal transfer process, it takes ribbon and supplies, also referred to as LabelTac tape, to create labels that will survive an industrial facility or warehouse. Although the classic supply (the