Blog 2017-12-14T04:21:36+00:00

Here’s the Skinny: For Lean Production Processes to Work, a Company Needs to Be All In

For those who have "tried" lean, only to see their initial results fall off, this article hits the nail on the head. For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair. For one in St. Louis, it meant leaving the cover off an electronic temperature controller. For others it’s meant gathering employees from the chief executive on down for what’s known as Kaizen events — based on the Japanese word for continuing improvement. What do these seemingly unconnected efforts have in common? They are approaches to what is known [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Here’s the Skinny: For Lean Production Processes to Work, a Company Needs to Be All In

Summit moves forward with a renewed focus on Safety

Summit Business Solutions has evolved! We help companies create safe work environments that lead to lower insurance premiums, avoid costly OSHA & EPA fines and most importantly, keep your workers safe! We are now Summit Safety and Efficiency Solutions, a name that reflects our dedication to Safety, Quality and Cost Reduction services. Summit also continues to provide the other great services you've come to expect, including: Quality/ISO certifications Lean/Six Sigma cost reduction services Inventory management Warehouse management Solder & Food safety certification Grant funding and R&D tax credits If you're not a client yet, contact us to schedule a complimentary Environmental, [...]

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Safety|Comments Off on Summit moves forward with a renewed focus on Safety

Co-Chair of the HIA Manufacturing

I am honored and excited to be chosen as the new Co-Chair of the HIA Manufacturing Committee along with my friend and Industrial Technology Expert, Kevin Devecioglu. Between the two of us, we have over 40 years of manufacturing experience (Sikorsky, Festo, Sequana, Oyak Pulp & Paper amongst others). We have manufacturing in our blood and are excited about the opportunity to promote, support, and advance Manufacturing, Distribution and Industrial businesses on Long island through HIA-LI. As a way to share best practices, identify/matchmake local suppliers/capabilities and help all the manufacturers and industrial businesses on Long Island to grow and [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Blog|Comments Off on Co-Chair of the HIA Manufacturing

Are you taking steps in your safety program to address the graying of your workforce?

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government estimates that by 2024, older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market. Getting old — and the physical changes associated with it — “could potentially make a workplace injury into a much more serious injury or a potentially fatal injury,” said Ken Scott, an [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on Are you taking steps in your safety program to address the graying of your workforce?

Solder Certification Training

At our last meeting I mentioned that I am providing solder certification training in partnership with Stony Brook University. Most electronics manufacturers customers require that their employees be certified either to IPC 610 (solder inspection) or J-STD-001 (hands on soldering techniques) to ensure products are manufactured to an international quality standard. Under their new MTRC, Stony Brook is providing up to 30% funding to offset the cost of the training. WDI (Workforce Development Institute) is providing another 30% funding, making the cost around 40% of the normal rate. The advantage we bring is having trainers who are experienced in soldering [...]

By | July 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Solder Certification Training

5 Considerations for Solder Certification Training

Many of my electronics manufacturing customers require certification of their employees who solder electronics. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before deciding if and where to do the certification. Why are you investing the training? Who needs training? What Standard should you use? When do you need to certify and re-certify? Where should you conduct your training? First, consider why you are investing in the training. Are you required by your customers to have certified solder assemblers? Would you like to train new employees how to solder? Would you like to improve or maintain the level of quality [...]

By | June 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on 5 Considerations for Solder Certification Training

Productivity vs. Safety I just had a conversation with a local manufacturer about the value of reinforcing Safety through continuous training, auditing, and incentivizing safe behavior. What measures are you taking?

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Safety|Comments Off on Productivity vs. Safety

Understanding Chemical Safety Following the Final GHS Deadline

Don't view the conclusion of this round of GHS deadlines as the end of the process, but rather the beginning of the new state of HazCom and what OSHA now expects for compliance. Following a decade-long effort, the final effective completion date to align OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has come and gone. While companies covered by HazCom may see the conclusion of the GHS deadlines as an ending, it's critical that they view the changes enacted with GHS alignment as just the beginning. Moving forward, [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Understanding Chemical Safety Following the Final GHS Deadline

The importance of ISO9001 certification

As a business owner, it is vital that you have a quality management system (QMS) in place. Your customers will return if they know they can trust you, as well as the products and services you offer. Due to the fact that many companies have international relationships, it is also imperative that these quality standards are the same everywhere so that businesses are measured the same way. The ISO9001 is one of those international standards that ensures certain requirements for a QMS, and over a million companies across the globe are already certified. The ISO9001 offers a wealth of benefits [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The importance of ISO9001 certification

How do you cut the cost of your Workers Compensation Insurance?

Many of the business owners we talk to are frustrated by the high cost of their workers comp insurance. If you can relate to this, can you answer these 6 questions? Do you know your EMR mod rating Do you have a robust EH&S system Do you understand how your loss run affects your EMR rating What is the class code of your EMR for your rating How high is your reserve? Have you had a Code Rule 59? If not, give us a call at 631-642-7239 and allow us to help you answer these questions and help you get [...]

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on How do you cut the cost of your Workers Compensation Insurance?