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It’s not often that an idea comes along that makes so much sense. We represent a company that builds injection moulding machines. Part of the engineering challenge of any injection moulder is to exert clamping force equally over the surface of the mould. Advantages: Uniform distribution of clamping force is important to extend the life …

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I have spent a long time consulting on HR issues the last few weeks. I have helped clients to win labour arbitrations and to protect their businesses from the actions of errant employees. We have won simply because I have always insisted that any disciplinary procedure that may result in dismissal has to be procedurally …

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Most of my clients have by now settled into a routine when it comes to the annual South African phenomenon of shutting down over December. There is no secret in the management of shut downs and startups.  In most cases all the information any manufacturer needs is available from their own machine manuals. A competent …

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The problem of extending the shelf life of milk and milk products has been around for a long time. The organic nature of milk means that it has a limited shelf life.  Processes have been developed to extend the shelf life and make safe and palatable to consumers. The one we will be examining is …

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With the recent Eskom announcements and the uncertainty surrounding them, many businesses in the plastics industry are weighing up their options with regard to ballooning energy costs. If we are to believe Eskom, then the reality is that in a few months if nothing is done by many smaller companies, energy costs will drive them …

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During the course of dealing with many people in production environments, I have frequently had to explain the importance of cycle times to people in managerial positions to enable them to better manage their businesses. This article is not meant to instruct production managers or planners as it is too basic for their requirements. I’m …

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Many companies suffer from knee jerk reaction-type approaches to disciplinary action. All successful disciplinary processes rely on only three fundamentals. If these three fundamentals are in place in a company, firstly the company will substantially reduce the need for disciplinary action, secondly, the company will be able to use the time spent pursuing disciplinary issues …

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The principle behind blow and fill technology is very simple, in the quest to reduce costs and increase efficiencies designers, engineers and accountants  wanted to eliminate the cost and risk of transporting bottles from a blow moulding factory to a filling line, which could be kilometers away, requiring additional care in packing for transport, loading, …

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