State of the Food Manufacturing Sanitation Industry Report 2023
Learn more about the food production line sanitation industry from the people who manage the work, including challenges and opportunities, training and retention, regulations, software and technology, and continuous improvement.
Simple 5S implementation action plan
Although there are 5 steps that are defined by the S’s, the methodology is better understood as a 3 Phase process: (1) Plan, (2) Blitz and (3) Momentum.
Proactive Safety: How Walmart Utilizes Weever to Drive Safety Excellence
Discover why Kody has found Weever, an innovative operations management software platform specializing in Food and CPG manufacturing, to be an indispensable tool for managing Walmart’s BBSO program.
Unlock the Potential of Your Factory
Embrace the Paperless Revolution for Enhanced Productivity, Visibility, and Compliance. In the era of digital transformation and automation, factories have experienced remarkable technological advancements. Yet, astonishingly, many factories still rely on mountains of paper to capture data, manage workflows, and generate KPI reports on the factory floor.
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Why use software to conduct internal GMP area audits?
Why use software to conduct internal GMP area audits? Andy Pritchard | December 7, 2021 | 4 min read If you are managing a robust GMP compliance program, you are probably mandating pre-production checks daily or per batch, daily hygiene audits, weekly PRP GMP Audits, semi-annually HACCP Audits and annual Systems audits. Capturing data for…
Weever Boosts Productivity, Reduces Safety and Quality incidents
Within one year, the factory increased incident reports and other forms of staff participation by over 300% and reduced the average time to close by over 400%. Best of all, they increased their Factory Efficiency (OEE) by 11%!
The 3 EEEs of Sustainable Frontline Employee Engagement
Are you part of the 71% of executives that say Employee Engagement is critical to the company’s success?
In order to foster a culture of excellence you need to increase engagement of your employees by ensuring they are Empowered, Energized and Enabled.
Why Frontline Employee Engagement is the most important success factor for Operational Excellence.
We all know we need to continuously improve and innovate in order to remain competitive. We must find efficiencies, increase quality, enhance productivity and keep people safe. The question is not “why” but “how”? How do we create and foster a culture of operational excellence. Operational Excellence (OpEx) is defined as a management framework that…
Employee Engagement Organizational Benefits
It’s no secret that employee engagement boosts individual, team and overall operational performance. Improved engagement is proven to have a positive impact on margins, employee retention, safety, and bottom-line profitability. Below you will find a list of research studies that support the hypothesis that investments in employee engagement collelate to increase performance across the board.…
How to Digitize Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Reports
Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Reports are necessary and useful, however, they can be missed or “pencil whipped” frequently by staff who want to get out on the road quickly. Staff grumble about vehicle inspections taking too long and managers find out about missed inspections too late. An efficient vehicle inspection program keeps everyone safer and also…
Gemba Walk Best Practices
Gemba Walks are an excellent tool used by successful organizations worldwide to optimize continuous improvement efforts. If you are just introducing Gemba Walks to your operations, or you are looking to take them to the next level, here are some tips that might help.
What are the main types of Work Permits
What are the main types of Work Permits Andy Pritchard | Feb 14, 2022 | 4 min read Permit To Work (PTW) systems help to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and enhance worker safety by requiring project managers to assess potential risks and work through action plans before they execute the work. A…
Top 5 Benefits of Digitizing your Autonomous Maintenance Program
If you using paper forms, there are many benefits you can realize by switching to software, such as increased adoption, real-time escalation, on-demand instruction, rich data, and reducing the burden of administration.
Episode 3: Using Technology To Engage Employees in Manufacturing and Overcome Industry Staff Shortage with Jake Hall, The Manufacturing Millennial
In this episode, we are once again joined by Jake Hall for a second episode. We take a closer look at the industry labor force issue, why more automation is leading to the digitization of manual frontline SOPs, the growth of AI in manufacturing, how companies can attract and engage a tech-enabled workforce, and how technology can be used to get more from your existing resources.
Episode 5: Eliminate Admin Time and Automate Tracking With Digital BBSOs with Steve McBride, CEO & Founder of Weever
In this episode of Digitization Mavericks, we are joined by Steve McBride, Weever’s very own CEO and Founder. Steve is a manufacturing veteran with more than 30 years of industry experience and has worked with manufacturers across every industry.
Why are paper forms insufficient for inspection schedules?
Digitizing an inspection schedule takes some effort, so you want to get it right the first time. As you have probably discovered if you’re managing an inspection schedule, paper forms are not ideal for ensuring inspections are completed correctly and on time.
How to remove wasted administration time from your audits
How to remove wasted administration time from your auditing process Andy Pritchard | March 23, 2022 | 5 min read Audits are usually required by law, can include layers of complexity and stiff fines if completed incorrectly. Digitization helps to elevate engagement, simplify administration and ensure compliance requirements are met. How do Audits work? Audits…
Why digitize your employee training program?
Why digitize your employee training program? Andy Pritchard | March 23, 2022 | 4 min read Employee Training & Recertification programs can have a lot of moving parts, which makes them complex and hard to manage. Training program content can require updates as things change. Scheduled training sessions can be missed resulting in compliance…
What are BBS Observations and how can software help?
Behavior-based Safety Observations are an integral part of modern safety programs. Let’s discuss how they work and how software can make them better.
Free BBSO Poster
Free Behavior-Based Safety Observations Poster Download the Free BBSO Poster Promote the cycle of Behavior-Based Safety Observations at your company. Free Poster Download Printable PDF. 18″ x 24″. Instant download. What are Behavior-Based Safety Observations? Behavior-Based Safety Observations (BBSO) are an integral part of modern, proactive safety programs. The goal is to reduce the number…
Best Practices to ensure success with Behaviour Based Safety Observations
Webinar Behavior Based Safety Observations Learn about Best Practices and Common Pitfalls for BBSO Behavior Based Safety Observations help organizations keep safety “top-of-mind” by continuously reinforcing and training on safety protocols and best practices. Organizations are reaping the benefits with cost savings and a safer working environment. We have identified some core challenges that our…
How to simplify inspection schedules
Your front line staff are busy and your inspections are important. Simplification goes a long way to ensuring inspections get done on-time and correctly.
Episode 0: Effective Digital Workflows and Automation Don’t Exist Without People
In this episode, we feature a special interview between one of our podcast producers and the host of the Digitization Mavericks podcast. Now the current Sales Director at Weever, Chris shares details about his roots in manufacturing and his interests in technology beginning at a young age.
Episode 4: Maintenance Challenges Manufacturers Face Before Digitization with Chris Luecke, Regional SaaS Sales & Marketing Leader at Fiix Software
In this episode, we are joined by Chris Luecke, Host of the Manufacturing Happy Hour Podcast and a manufacturing veteran with more than 15 years of experience with companies like Anheuser-Busch, Rockwell Automation, and Fixx Software.
Why ERP systems don’t excel at Batch Records Management
ERP systems are designed to track the “what?”, but not the “how?” of a manufacturing process. Batch records, and their auditors, are more about the “how?”.
Why digitize Warehouse Pallet Rack Inspections?
Why digitize Warehouse Pallet Rack Inspection Schedules? Andy Pritchard | March 28, 2022 | 5 min read Warehouse Rack Inspections are required by law in most jurisdictions and paper-based processes leave too much to chance. Workflow Management software helps to increase compliance by ensuring the inspections are completed correctly, while also reducing time, resource and…
What’s involved in work permits and how can software help?
What are the steps involved in work permits (PWT) and how can software improve them? Andy Pritchard | Feb 14, 2022 | 4 min read A Permit to Work (PTW) system requires project managers to identify potential hazards and think through how they will be mitigated before the project is initiated. For this…
What makes inspection scheduling so difficult and how to solve it
What makes inspection scheduling difficult and how to solve it. Steve McBride | Feb 12, 2022 | 7 min read Digitizing an inspection schedule takes some effort, so you want to get it right the first time. As you have probably discovered if you’re managing an inspection schedule, it can be very complex.…
Weever wins Innovation Award
Weever Apps is proud to be acknowledged as Frost & Sullivan’s “New Product Innovation Award” winner for the North America Enterprise Mobile Forms market. Weever has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan, a world leader in business research and consulting, as the most innovative new product in the category. According to Frost, Weever received…
GMP Operational Audit Schedule for a Food Company
GMP Operational Audit Schedule for a Food Company Andy Pritchard | Dec 7, 2021 | 5 min read What does a standard Operational Audit Schedule for a typical food company look like? Organizations involved in the manufacturing and distribution of food are required by law to audit their processes and equipment to ensure basic…
Understanding the Machine Ledger
Tags: Breakdown Recurrence Matrix, World Class Manufacturing PM , Machine Ledger , PM Calendar, Breakdown Matrix The Machine Ledger is used in World Class Manufacturing to better understand machines, sections, assemblies, and components so that maintenance teams can more effectively predict failures and plan preventive maintenance activities. The Machine Ledger is a powerful graphical visualization…
Behavior-Based Safety: A Brief History
The almost century-long history of Behavior-based safety began with research conducted by Herbert William Heinrich in the early thirties. Mr.Heinrich worked for Traveler’s Insurance Company in the early thirties. He reported that roughly 90% of all accidents, injuries, and illnesses were the result of what he called “worker errors.”*
Behavior-Based Safety BBSO Score Card MS Word .doc Template
Your Ultimate Guide to Behavior-Based Safety Observations Download the BBSO Score Card Template Free, customizable MS Word file (.docx) sent to your inbox. What are Behavior-Based Safety Observations? Behavior-Based Safety Observations (BBSO) are an integral part of modern, proactive safety programs. The goal is to reduce the number of incidents by recognizing safe behavior and…
Behavior-Based Safety Overview
Over 90% of workplace incidents are caused by unsafe behaviors, not conditions.
As a result, reducing at-risk behaviors will have the greatest impact on incident frequency and severity.
Behavior-Based Safety Observation (BBSO) programs are the most turnkey and effective way to build better safety practices.
Episode 2: Successful Digital Adoption Requires Patience and Purpose with Paul Nadolski, Continuous Improvement Manager at Kerry
In this episode, we are joined by Paul Nadolski, Continuous Improvement Manager at Kerry. Paul talks about why it’s important to build good habits before implementing technology, why defining the problem is the first piece to coming up with great solutions, and the importance of empathy and soft skills in manufacturing.
Episode 1: Industry 4.0: Going Paperless In Order To Increase Connectivity and Automation with Jake Hall, The Manufacturing Millennial
In this episode, we are joined by Jake Hall, an influencer who’s making waves about Industry 4.0 on social media as The Manufacturing Millenial. Jake explains how technology is the only way to solve a huge problem the industry is facing.
The Importance of Cybersecurity in Protecting Manufacturing Systems
As manufacturing systems have adopted more remote measures over the last two years, the industry has become fodder for cybercriminals. In 2021, the manufacturing industry became the second most targeted just behind finance and insurance. This represents a 300% increase in a single year.
What is Software Localization?
What is Software Localization? Andy Pritchard | April 6, 2022 | 5 min read What is Software Localization? Localization in software refers to an application changing state based on the language settings selected by the user. Localization considerations can include currency denominations and all “local aspects” of a culture or geographic area that influence…
4 ways to reduce waste from your Continuous Improvement process
Kaizen is the process of incrementally improving processes by eliminating “waste”. Small improvements over time can have a huge impact on productivity and the bottom line. Waste can come in many forms, including unnecessary inventory, physical movements and scrap. Kaizen only works if everyone is involved, which includes top management and, more importantly, the workers…
The Inspector is coming. Are you ready?
The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), Health Canada and the FDA can audit any facility at any time. Audits can be invasive and a highly disruptive experience – especially if you are not ready. Inspectors have the right to review any staff, procedures, product samples, documents and data in order to assess that (1) you…
Why use software to manage Work Permits?
Why use software to manage Work Permits? Steve McBride | Jan 8, 2022 | 6 min read The Permit To Work system (PTWs) authorizes, approves and manages the workflow of non-standardized construction, maintenance, inspection or repair activities that pose a potential risk to personnel, damage to equipment or facilities, disruption of operations or…
What is Root Cause Analysis and how does software help?
What is Root Cause Analysis and how does software help? Andy Pritchard | March 24, 2022 | 5 min read Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a process that is usually required as part of other larger processes. Whether you are performing a CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Action) for a product defect or an Incident…
10 Reasons you need to digitize Safety Audits today.
Weever specializes in digitizing operational workflows. We work with organizations of all shapes and sizes who are frustrated with paper forms and spreadsheets. They want to save money, become more efficient, and spend their time more wisely.
Behavior-Based Safety Observation Ideas
Safety Observation (BBSO) ideas and questions to ask. Andy Pritchard | April 21, 2022 | 5 min read What are Behavior-Based Safety Observations? Behavior-Based Safety Observations (BBSO) are an integral part of modern, proactive safety programs. The goal is to reduce the number of incidents by recognizing safe behavior and eliminating unsafe practices either…