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Using Kanban Tools

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Before deciding on the type of tool that you want to help with your production needs, it is important to know exactly what the word “Kanban” actually means. This is a word that is used to describe a production management process first used in Japan that utilizes “cards” or “indicators” to tell companies when to do something. An example would be a specific number of units being selected as an indicator for when more units need to be produced. When this number of units is reached in inventory, then more units will be produced. This helps to keep inventory levels lower than they have to be and costs down, right in line with other lean manufacturing techniques.

Needless to say, with companies producing millions of units of materials, having this system in place is extremely important, and having a tool to manage this system is even more important. These tools can be linked right to the regular ERP system or any other system that your company uses, and in doing so the system is able to actively monitor where you are in your production cycle.

This is accomplished all through the use of electronic Kanban cards and Kanban tables, which are accessible to all of your team members and any members of management who need to know where you are on your production cycle. When each triggering indicator is hit, the system shows it on the Kanban tables and you will know that you have to start the next part of the process, whether that is further production, ordering of new materials, or the moving of inventory from one storehouse to another. The cards that are used by this software system can be customized to your company’s needs, with several easy to read icons and symbols that let you know which task your team will have to do next.

The Kanban board itself can be integrated with your management system. This board features several different columns of information and indicators on how all of the production stages are progressing. This colorful and useful display can also be customized to show only the information that your company finds useful. When you need them, visually pleasing reports on progress can be generated and sent to management so they can understand how your team is doing.

Kanban tools can be some of the most useful software tools for a project manager, production teams, or management in general. They take the lean manufacturing techniques that have been tested for decades and put them into a simple, useful, and visually pleasing display.

Computer Case Cooling

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A computer that overheats will give you a wealth of problems from shutting down expectedly to actually damaging the equipment, leaving you with a worthless computer that you have to spend money on to repair.

Fan filter assemblies provide you with an opportunity to provide your computer components with the ventilation they need to perform at their best at all times. Items such as hard drives, graphic cards and motherboards all heat up as they operate and if you’re working on your computer all day or night, you will soon feel the heat coming off the machine.

The first tip you should take into consideration when it comes to computer case cooling is to ensure you buy a fan filter assembly that is bigger than required. Ideally buying a larger fan and allowing it to run at a slower speed will provide you with the same ventilation as a smaller fan running at optimum speed. The main benefit to choosing a larger fan over a smaller fan to ventilate the same area is it will be considerably quieter.

Always use a fan filter. Taking advantage of a fan filter assembly for your computer case can save you headaches in the long run. In addition to reducing the risk of a child in the home injuring themselves by sticking a finger in the fast moving fan, the fan filter also reduces any dust and dirt getting inside the computer. Computer components work best when they are clean and cool, which is what these products provide, ensuring you always have a great performing machine you can rely on day and night.

It is imperative when you install your fan filter assembly that you mount it correctly. Even if you think you know what you are doing, take the time to follow the instructions to the letter. Correct mounting reduces the risk of noise. As you know there is nothing worse than trying to work with a computer droning in the back ground.

When you look at your computer case, plan where you want to put your fans. Most cases come with areas ready to take on new fans, some you have to plan the design yourself. Ensure you have at least one in the front and back, maybe one on the side, depending on the layout inside the case and where all your components are located. You will need to ensure that air is drawn into the case near your graphics card and hard drives, which can heat up quickly. The air should then be drawn out on the other side, pushing any excess hot air out of the case. This will ensure that everything is kept cool at all times, enabling your computer to really work at its best without fail.

When it comes to buying fan filter assembly components you don’t need to break the bank. In fact these are affordable items that come in a variety of different brands and sizes. You can measure the space you have available to identify the best option based on your particular needs.

Don’t fall into the trap of buying the cheapest option on the market. You can find that some companies will offer the same or similar fan filter assembly for a fraction of the cost. As with any product you buy, you want to focus on quality. A high quality fan filter assembly is going to last longer and provide you with all the benefits you need to have a great working computer for years to come.