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Why you should be executing Autonomous Maintenance and you should start today

Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is the most important pillar within the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) methodology because it provides maintenance teams with the data and the time to make the other pillars happen. There are numerous benefits that can be realized with a well managed AM program. Here are the top benefits that we have witnessed while working with our customers.

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Why digitize your paper-based operations?

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.

T’was the night before Christmas,
And all through the workshop,
Not a creature was stirring,
you could hear a pin drop.
Santa’s workshop has a massive problem: The workshop has lost their "Christmas Spirit", the magic that makes it all possible.
https://weeverapps.com/case-studies/christmas-case/

Do you 5S?
If Lean is a strategy to improve efficiency, then 5S is a tactic, or set of proscribed steps, that will help your plant be more efficient and reduce waste.
Learn all about it by downloading our Ultimate Guide: https://weeverapps.com/ultimate-guides/5s-ultimate-guide/

Congrats to Colin Healy and Mike Alvarez for winning the prestigious "Make the Difference" award! Their app put essential continuous improvement tools in the palm of associate’s hands - digitizing and automating core manufacturing administrative processes.
https://www.mars.com/news-and-stories/articles/make-the-difference-winners-2022

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Weever Boosts Productivity, Reduces Safety and Quality incidents

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Continuous Improvement (CI) is not a core function of manufacturing in that manufacturers can produce their products without engaging in continuous improvement practices. As a result, if not consistently reinforced and supported, CI programs can lose momentum and fail. If CI is a car, then staff engagement is the fuel that propels it forward. CI…

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Food Manufacturing COVID-19 Distancing Case Study

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Reducing employee density on the shop floor and cleaning surfaces that could infect our workforce is now a priority. As part of social distancing efforts, staff that work mostly from an office could theoretically work from home, even if it’s just part-time. The caveat of course is they need to have the resources and procedures available to do so. If done correctly it could result in fewer trips to the factory floor.

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How Process Manager Saved Christmas

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Understanding the Machine Ledger

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Weever wins Innovation Award

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The Inspector is coming. Are you ready?

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4 ways to reduce waste from your Continuous Improvement process

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USA Food Manufacturing Compliance Requirements

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3 ways to get operators more involved in maintenance

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How to Digitize Construction Site Audits

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How to Digitize Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Reports

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