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Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 1: Defects

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 15, 2018 8:20:12 PM

9 Actions To Combat Defect-Driven Lean Waste

At the end of our value stream mapping series, we explored the concept of VSM as a mechanism for continuous improvement. The idea is that construction firms can utilize value stream mapping to continuously improve, identify, prevent, and eliminate the 8 wastes of Lean from impacting the productivity of their organization.

To that end, it pays to take a closer look at what constitutes the 8 wastes of lean and how each lean waste can disrupt a company or construction program.

Let's begin with Defects!

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean

VSM Part 3: Success With Value Stream Mapping

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:23:03 PM

6 Tips For Success With Value Stream Mapping (Or Any Lean Process)

In part 2 of our value stream mapping series, we provided a few essential tips for getting started with VSM. Now we will focus on to how to gain traction with the concept and reach and maintain a level of success.

Mapping the flow of value provides a great opportunity for people to align themselves and their work processes (1). By encouraging value stream conversations and dialogues within your team, people will naturally begin to identify what they can do to improve. 

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean

VSM Part 2: Implementing Value Stream Mapping 

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:22:40 PM

One Essential Ingredient and 4 Tips To Begin Implementing Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is just one among dozens of Lean Construction principles, concepts, processes and practices designed to improve construction productivity and efficiency.

Also known as lean execution, it is a method of mapping the flow of a project or process based on its current state-of-being, and defining a future state from a careful analysis of all the working components. 

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Topics: value stream mapping

VSM Part 1: Why Use Value Stream Mapping?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:22:19 PM

7 Project Risk Factors That Can Be Improved By Value Stream Mapping

In today’s market, owners demand projects to be delivered on time, on budget, with high quality and without any injury. In order to meet these demands and improve project efficiency we need to truly understand project flow and the constraints that hinder value and productivity.

If we were able to better predict or plan for project unknowns, project risk, and non-valued added activities, we would be able to influence improvements in all phases of the construction process...

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Topics: value stream mapping, project delivery risk factors

Are You Watching Your Access Floor Weight?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Sep 26, 2017 1:25:24 PM

Savings Advice for your Raised Access Floor

Hitting that happy balance of materials which cost less and meet performance requirements is an obvious goal for any enterprise. To that end, many of our blogs have demonstrated how raised access floors can improve efficiency and performance in virtually any work space while helping to cut operational costs.

There is one frequently overlooked detail however, which should not be left out of the cost equation... 

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Topics: Raised Access Flooring, raised floor systems

Process Cooling Water (PCW) Floor Modules

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 14, 2017 10:04:12 AM

How Floor Modules Add Flexibility To Your Process Cooling Water System

Industrial process equipment can produce a lot of heat during normal operation. Most industries employ process cooling water (PCW) systems to help regulate equipment temperatures to levels that are safe for the general operating environment

PCW systems pump water (or other fluid media) to and from the process equipment, creating a means by which heat can be safely exchanged and transferred away from its source. 

As facilities change and relocate process equipment to accommodate technological changes, business growth, and production cycles, the flexibility to reconfigure support systems also becomes essential.

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Topics: raised floor systems, Raised Floor System Components

Why Use Raised Floor Systems?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 9, 2017 8:45:57 AM

5 Benefits of Raised Floor Systems

There are many reasons to design or retro-fit a work space with raised access flooring (RAF). 

RAF systems create value from the bottom up by overcoming the restrictions of traditional flooring and creating a work space that is highly reconfigurable, efficient, productive, safe and organized. 

Because every space is different and every design is guided by specific requirements, we decided to compose a list of 5 benefits that raised floor systems can deliver to just about any application.

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Topics: Raised Access Flooring, raised floor systems

Where To Begin Spec'ing Your Raised Floor System: Part 2

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 8, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Know What's Available For Raised Floor System Components

Raised access floors are seeing increased popularity and usage worldwide, especially now that broader product offerings are creating new opportunities and efficiencies for a growing list of businesses.

Commercial office spaces, industrial production facilities, resorts and casinos, and technological facilities are all turning to raised floor systems to meet their space management and load-bearing needs.

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Topics: NEHP, ECO Al-Mg, Raised Floor System Components

Where To Begin Spec'ing Your Raised Floor System: Part 1

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 3, 2017 11:01:53 AM

Raised Floor System Requirements

You're in the initial stages of designing a state-of-the-art industrial production facility which requires fully optimized floor space with complex utility hook-ups, large equipment capacity, safe traffic corridors, healthy air-quality standards, and efficient and organized spatial arrangements to accommodate future growth.

Smartly, you decide that a raised floor system is the answer to your design challenges. Problem solved...well, almost! 

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Topics: NEHP, Raised Access Flooring, raised floor systems

Pairing Raised Floor Tiles To Your Work Space Style

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jul 14, 2017 2:51:04 PM

5 Raised Floor Tiles To Consider For Your Design Plan

With the growing adoption of raised access floors across a variety of work settings - from office and retail spaces to call centers, casinos, trading floors, data centers and service corridors - facility engineers are seeking wider selections of raised access floor tiles to meet the needs of these increasingly diverse applications.  

What could be the perfect tile selection for a server room application might be completely different from what is needed for a high-purity production facility.

Just as the support structure of the floor should be spec'd for various heights, load bearing needs, and utility configurations, one must also consider the selection and placement of appropriate types of floor tiles to solve for similar design challenges and system requirements.

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Topics: NEHP, Raised Access Flooring, Raised Floor Tiles

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