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Creating Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans that are FSIS-Compliant

Every meat and poultry processor in the United States must create a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. This is according to regulations set forth by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an investigative wing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But what does the HACCP plan entail? And how can small and beginning food operations complete the… Continue Reading

Global Lighting Fixture Market Will See Sustained Growth Through 2025, Says Report

A major research firm has forecast continued growth for the global lighting fixture market through the year 2025. The growth is fueled by new installations, which are surging due to a variety of circumstances. The installation of energy-efficient LED lighting luminaires is a major driver in the growth. LED lighting luminaires offer a range of benefits over fluorescents and metal… Continue Reading

Making the Most of Automotive Plant Shutdown

Automakers and other manufacturers use summer shutdowns to perform vital tasks to keep operations running smoothly. While these lulls in output can be expensive — after all, factories are not only stopping production but spending big money on improvements — they can also increase productivity. And when management takes time to carefully plan a plant turnaround, they can reap even… Continue Reading

How Automotive Manufacturers Can Improve Material Flow Systems During Plant Shutdowns

Automotive manufacturers can’t push out the next big model without retooling plants, and that means periodic shutdowns at factories across the U.S. But while teams of workers busily upgrade assembly lines, plant managers also stay busy planning to move the entire operation forward. Disruptions of day-to-day plant operation create tremendous opportunities for improvement. This is especially true in the automotive… Continue Reading

BHS, Inc. Partners with Customers to Create Custom Tugger Trailers

July 11, 2018 — St. Louis, MO — BHS, Inc., a leading provider of warehouse equipment and material handling solutions, recently announced a new opportunity for users of tugger trains. In addition to three stock models of Tugger Trailers, BHS now offers fully customized units, designed and built to meet precise customer specifications. “Tugger trains are gaining steam in lots of industries, and no one-size-fits-all trailer is ideal for everyone,” said Melissa Bowen of BHS, Inc. Marketing. “If what we have doesn’t fit your application, our team will build something new.” Engineers from BHS work with customers to design unique Tugger Trailers, Bowen said. Once all parties sign off on the renderings, the BHS manufacturing team builds the units at… Continue Reading

TT-974: Powered Roller Chains

Models Affected: Battery Extractors with Powered Rollers Subject: The powered rollers on Battery Extractors not only assist in moving batteries onto and off of the extractor, but also act as a brake, holding the batteries in place during machine operation. Ensuring this system of rollers is functioning properly is vital to efficient and safe operation of the extractor. Description: Each compartment of rollers is controlled by one motor directly coupled to the first roller. The additional rollers are linked together by a series of chains. Failure of one of the powered roller chains could result in all but one of the rollers spinning freely. Without the powered rollers, loading and unloading a battery will be quite difficult, and the loss… Continue Reading

Alternatives to Going Forklift-Free at Automotive Manufacturing Facilities

Automotive manufacturing facilities have long been at the forefront of lean manufacturing — after all, the practice was born out of Toyota’s process of continual improvement, or kaizen. But unlike some other sectors, many auto manufacturers are choosing not to go forklift-free to achieve their goals. That’s because automakers have discovered how to become leaner without sacrificing the muscle of… Continue Reading

New BHS Mobile Showroom Introduces Electrical-Material Carts and Cable-Management Equipment

July 2, 2018 — St. Louis, MO — BHS, Inc., a leading provider of electrical, battery-handling, and material-handling equipment, will launch the new Electrical Equipment Mobile Showroom on its first tour beginning July 9. This 48-foot trailer will introduce BHS’ latest collections of cable-and-wire-management equipment and electrical material carts to customers across Texas. The Mobile Showroom will stop in Houston, Dallas, and surrounding areas over the course of its first week touring. “Visitors [to the Electrical Equipment Mobile Showroom] will leave with a clear understanding of each product’s form, fit, and function,” said Melissa Bowen of BHS Marketing. “There’s nothing like hands-on experience to find a real solution.” Equipment in the Showroom includes the Parallel Reel Payout, which is ideal… Continue Reading