Lean thinking + Carts = Major efficiency & productivity gains

Last year, Forum Energy Technologies’ Stafford, Texas, production plant was getting close to running out of capacity. Part of a global oilfield service and equipment company, the plant makes a variety of valves across seven different brands. Of particular concern was the plant’s PBV ball valve production area, which produces trunnion-mounted, quarter-turn ball valves in sizes ranging from 3/4-inch to 36 inches. Open since 1999, the plant revolved around a traditional manufacturing mindset, where a forklift is used to bring parts to one worker, who proceeds to build all of the necessary items for the valve. Then, a forklift comes back to move the completed ball valve to the next stage. But, that setup didn’t work so well when the plant’s business increased significantly. “When business increased, we knew that we needed to improve the product flow in our plant by eliminating waste and reducing cycle times,” says David Tummins, plant manager. “We knew that would help us build and finish valves faster than we were doing with the traditional setup.” Tummins joined Forum Energy Technologies about two years ago and began to attack the biggest problem, which was a lack of capacity in th...

2019 “Best in Show” New Product Showcase Awards

Vote online now through Sept. 9 at 5:00 p.m. Central time for the fifth annual New Product Showcase Awards, part of the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo, set to take place Sept. 6-11 in San Diego. Place a checkmark beside your three favorite products below, and submit the ballot by pressing the “Vote” button at the bottom of the ballot. Note: Product information is provided by manufacturers. This publication has not independently tested manufacturers’ products and cannot assume responsibility for the validity of product claims. Take a quiz about this issue of the magazine and earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Every month during 2019, Safety+Health will be sharing bits of the magazine’s history from its first 100 years. 3pc Threaded Ball Valve Safety+Health magazine, published by the National Safety Council, offers comprehensive national coverage of occupational safety news and analysis of industry trends to 86,000 subscribers. The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Floating Ball Valve, Flanged Check...