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The Value of Plant Maintenance

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Machines are what keep production going, and are the very beating heart of any production line, proving that plant maintenance should be one of the major concerns in a manufacturing plant. The machines that are tasked with creating products or items for a company are what keeps the entire enterprise going. If they are not carefully maintained or overseen on a day-to-day basis, there can be a huge chance for machine failure, with devastating results.

When purchasing a large production machine, the overall upkeep of this machine should be included in the considerations. Upgrades, costs, and most of all, maintenance need to be part of the plans. The upkeep of machines that are the essential part of the manufacturing processes, particularly large scale production, is tantamount to keeping everything running smoothly without a hitch.

What happens without plant maintenance?

Without a consistent plan of plant upkeep for all the production machines on the floor, there’s a chance that one of the vital technologies for production can fail. Sensitive sensors could stop working, limbs or machinery could drop–even just one device failure could mean a meltdown, causing thousands, or even millions of dollars lost in terms of sub-part production items, equipment repairs, and time lost. Time is always money in production. Each moment that one of the production machines, large scale or small, is down and unable to produce, means that profits are lost.

What could it cost a company?

Apart from the loss of the usage of a machine, a production line without proper plant maintenance would lose money from the products it would have been unable to complete. Losses are also incurred in the form of raw material or product that would not have been completed as a result of a faulty machine.

This is particularly important to remember for companies that manufacture or handle perishables or items that require a specific standard of quality control in order for a finished product to be sent out. Without regular upkeep, failures in the production line result in a product that doesn’t meet the standard. This could mean a sharp loss in stock, being unable to meet orders, and even bigger costs in fines if it puts the production at risk of health violations.

Ways to Avoid Losses

Draft up a regular plant maintenance plan that requires daily checks and upkeep of each machine on the production line. Consult with experts who will be able to give vital insight on ways to keep machines running, as well as important system upgrades that won’t just improve efficiency but also give the company the most production.

Learn more about large scale production and upkeep by consulting with the experts at KCSupply. Visit www.kcsupply.com to learn more.

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KC Supply’s Thanksgiving: A Huge Thank You to All KC Supply Co Customers

Our customers at KC Supply Co are the front and center of this year’s Thanksgiving. The remarkable progress and success that KC Supply has experienced all year have come from the incredible community of customers that surrounds it. The continued trust and reliance on the KC Supply brand are what fuels the company to remain in becoming a true leader in producing and conveying, safety, and access equipment.

The Company and its Customers

In the years that KC Supply has operated, it has earned the trust of numerous companies and customers across America. From the very beginning, the company has seen itself as a brand dedicated to the satisfaction of KC Supply Co customers. Manufacturers, farmers, and businesses across America have turned to the company for quality and reliability. These qualities have made us a leader in the industry, and we have our customers to thank entirely for this success.

Commitment to Safety and Quality

Part of what made customers rely upon KC Supply over and over again is the quality of its equipment. The diverse array of products provided by KC Supply are used by customers all over the country, called upon for their ease of use, durability, and reliability, especially in the moments when it matters. To maintain the standard that clients are accustomed to, KC Supply aims for another year of stellar equipment. The company takes pride in making sure that KC Supply Co customers can put their trust in every item.

This Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. It comes with the knowledge that none of this year’s brightest achievements for KC Supply Co could have happened without the unfailing trust of its customers. For that, KC Supply is grateful to have a fantastic community committed to excellence all around it and look forward to years to come.

Learn about KC Supply’s commitment to safety and high-quality equipment at KCSupply.com

 

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KC Supply Honors and Thanks Veterans for Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, KC Supply wants to extend its heartfelt thanks to veterans all over the country. With Kansas City itself being home to hundreds of thousands of veterans, the whole city takes part in honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives every day. And for KC Supply, the sacrifice and the risks taken by veterans in and outside of Kansas City cannot be understated.

KC Supply Supporting Movements for Veterans

From tiny homes to veterans centers, Kansas City has responded to the needs of the veterans and service members who have formerly been or are still in active duty. All year-round, but most especially during this Veterans Day, KC Supply thoroughly supports these initiatives to improve the lives of servicemen and women. The company hopes to continue aiding these movements in the years to come. The housing and medical efforts by the city do not go unnoticed, reaching national praise and acclaim. The company expresses its gratitude to groups and movements in and around the town and hope that they continue to better the lives of local vets.

The Community Comes Together for Veterans

KC Supply has always been a company that takes pride in its local community. Kansas City, as a community of families and companies, has embraced protecting those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms at home. This Veterans Day, KC Supply also wants to thank the organizers of the art exhibits, discounts, and fundraisers. It has opened doors for discharged veterans to find new life as workers or entrepreneurs.

The Kansas City community has continued to express boundless gratitude and appreciation for the men and women of the United States military. And KC Supply would like to wholeheartedly thank these veterans and the Kansas City community for all the excellent work that they do.

Visit KC Supply to learn more about local initiatives and reminders in safety and protection for the Kansas City community.

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Reminders for Safe and Controlled Entry into a Confined Space

Entering a confined space in a factory or manufacturing plant needs a certain amount of preparation. The enclosure could have hidden risks in its corners that many workers may not consider before entering. Therefore, it’s essential to ingrain these safety reminders to the staff to avoid undue accidents or shut-ins in dangerous spaces.

  1. Check and monitor the atmosphere. One of the biggest concerns in an enclosed area is your breathing zone. Staying in a car with the windows rolled up overnight is dangerous enough as it is; you never know what other fumes may be in an enclosed space. Make sure there is a steady flow of air in the atmosphere. Your nose is not a gas detector, either; make sure to identify any strange smells. Remember that OSHA recommends flammable vapors to be below ten percent of the explosive limit.

 

  1. If you locate a hazard in a confined space, eliminate or control it immediately The moment your nose smells something off or tools detect anything out of the ordinary, seek out its source in the area. The source of the fumes must be determined and controlled (or eliminated) as soon as possible to prevent it from further exposure.

 

  1. Ensure that there is ventilation and that it is working correctly One of the main control measures put into place against toxic gases or fumes is the use of ventilation. An enclosed space where this material could be used needs to have proper ventilation. Make sure to check with OSHA regulations about the introduced air into the area, along with the length of ducts.

 

  1. Above all, always use personal protective equipment (PPE) If there is any risk of toxicity in an enclosed space, any personnel entering it must still make proper preparations and use personal protective equipment. Also, not just anyone should step into the area, especially if this is for rescue purposes. It requires a trained individual who is well-versed in the proper usage of the equipment.

An enclosed, confined space may seem innocuous at first glance, but we must rely on our other senses to truly gauge the danger within it. It’s better to err on the side of caution in the case of toxic gases and to ensure that all safety protocols are in place before entering the space. Contact us at KC Supply to learn more about protective equipment and other tips on safety protocols.

 

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Vital Fall Harvest Safety Tips for the Season

With the fall harvest in full swing, it’s good to remind supervisors and workers alike of vital safety tips. As thousands of lives are working on and depending upon the harvest, safety needs to be of utmost priority.

Everything from matters about the workers and the tools that they use, many safety issues need to be addressed.

  1. Always turn off the machines

After a long hard day in the fields at harvest, it’s no surprise that everyone is in a hurry to get home. But no matter what, it’s imperative to ensure that all machines are off before the last person leaves. A thorough equipment check should be made, removing clogs, and shutting off power, especially to heavy-duty machines.

  1. Reinforce the troops

The battalion of workers at the fall harvest still needs frequent rest and reminders to take regular meals. Sometimes, the work becomes so intensive that they might overlook eating altogether. Over-exhaustion and exposure outside in the elements, all while doing labor-intensive work, can have severe health consequences. It’s also vital that more people are brought in for the harvest, so all the work is distributed evenly. This is done by bringing in extra workers who can assist them in the tasks.

  1. Train and re-train the workers

Even if the workers had done this for a few seasons now, they still need to be re-trained to make sure everyone knows what to do during the harvest. New workers will also need adequate training. A qualified supervisor should show everyone the operating procedures as well as a run-through of the farm’s safety protocols.

  1. Rollover protection structures save lives

The right structures designed to prevent rollovers, particularly in farms that still use older equipment, are essential. During the fall harvest, any additional safety structures that need to be set up around the farm must be installed before any work gets done. Tractors with rollover protection can help save the lives of workers in and around the tractor at the time.

Harvest is, as the name suggests, a time of plenty for all. As long as the proper safety procedures and protocols are followed, it will also be a safe and fruitful time for everyone involved.

 

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How to Choose the Right Conveyor Belt for the Job

The conveyor belt is the bloodstream of your production line. You have to choose the right belt, since this part is moving for hours on end, day after day. Using the correct, compatible belt also guarantees a long lifetime of use.

Here are things you should look for when selecting the right conveyor belt:

  1. Check for the operating tension

The conveyor belt is where your product, or parts of it, will move and be transported in different areas along the plant. Its tension must be set at an appropriate level, and it must be able to handle the load of the product for long durations. It needs proper calibration before any use. Also, take note of the following concerns:

  • If the power load has increased, check if the belt has been too worn down with use.
  • If the product load has increased, the conveyor may need to be upgraded
  • If the product weight has increased, check to see if the conveyor belt is catching on anything, such as pulleys, idlers or frames.

 Check the flow of the belt and the process

Checking the flow entails making sure that the belt is appropriate for the conveyor width. It should smoothly transition through the loading zones, drums, and pulleys where items must go. If you find that the belt doesn’t fit those secondary items, take into account that it is easier to replace the accessories rather than the belt itself.

You also need to know how far the conveyor will have to travel. By understanding the movement’s distance, you can adjust the conveyor belt by adjusting its length or tension.

  1. Always be on the lookout for wear and tear

Without the conveyor belt, production will come to a halt. It’s always good to be vigilant about the wear and tear as it will be running for hours without end. Can it still manage the load? Is it wearing down? Is the cover still intact? Consider that you may need to replace the belt once again to ensure smooth, faultless production.

The right tools for the job and the right parts for the right machine ensure problem-free production in manufacturing plants and factories. Learn more about finding those perfect fits by visiting KC Supply.

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Railcar Fall Protection: What It Is and Why You Need It

One aspect of work-safety protection that doesn’t get discussed often is railcar fall protection. For industries that make use of railcars or tankers, this part of the safety procedures and protocols need a great deal of focus and attention to detail. 

It’s a complicated process: it’s not about height, as most railcars don’t go higher than 15 feet, and it’s not about crowding either, as most rail yards are significantly less populated than manufacturing floors. However, falls can still happen, with workers who work on the surface of these cars being most at risk.

What the Regulations Say

While there are already OSHA regulations in place for fall protection and prevention for workers with duties and tasks at anywhere over four feet, railcar fall protection requires more attention. There will be 15 feet of height between the employee and the ground when they are working on the surface of the railcar.

According to current OSHA standards, current fall protection doesn’t specifically address the fall hazards, but mere personal protection equipment standards will not be enough to ensure employee safety. It’s acceptable only if the employee is working on top of a stock inside or against a building, where you can install fall protection.

Best Practices for Railcar Fall Protection

In accordance to regulation 1926.501(b), which is one of the guidelines for fall protection, “each employee on a walking/working surface of 6 feet or more above the lower levels shall be protected from falling by a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system.” In short, should there be an area where an employee must be working on top of a railcar, there must be an appropriate guardrail or netting system ready there for them when they are working.

It’s best to seek out a company that will be able to give you the right netting or guardrail system that can adequately protect employees from harm while working up on railcars, tankers, and other systems. Head to KC Supply and learn more about jobsite safety and equipment.

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