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How Safe Are Employees in Your Facility?

Posted on: August 27, 2015 Author:

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I have traveled to several countries over the last few years and have seen a big difference in the safety practices in processing facilities.  Safety is a job for every employee, no matter if they are office staff or work on the production floor.  Today I will be addressing the main safety concerns in an operating facility and offering a bit of advice on how to identify and prevent hazards.

Proper Clothing

Because clothes can get caught in moving equipment, pants and shirts should fit properly and not be loose.  Long pants are recommended, but I understand that certain places are hot and I will, on occasion, wear shorts.  If you choose to allow your employees and contractors to wear shorts, he/she should use extra caution as they are working in an environment where safety hazards (hot material and equipment) are present.

Not all shoes will protect your feet from injury.  Employees who work around equipment should wear boots (preferably with a safety toe) and not tennis shoes, loafers or sandals.  Any employee or visitor should wear close toed shoes when on the production floor and identify additional hazard areas that they should avoid.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Dust and debris exist in any plant, that is why its important to insure you are protecting your face from injury by using safety glasses.  Safety glasses are a great way to protect your eyes from injuries when you are operating or working near equipment or close to someone using a hammer, grinder, torch, etc.  Every employee and visitor should be required to wear safety glasses when on the production floor.

Most of the equipment in a plant is loud.   That is why I recommend ear protection (ear plugs) is used at all times.

Every surface can be or is hot in a plant.  This is why it is important to provide operators/ employees with gloves that protect their hands from extreme heat to avoid burn injuries.

The Insta-Pro Intl Service Department Initial Start-Up and Training exercises along with annual visits from the Service Plus Program are a good way to insure that you and your team operate in a safe environment.  To learn more about how these programs can help your employees stay safe and keep your plant running at optimum capacity, contact me at +1.515.254.1260 or rgoodwin@insta-pro.com.

Success = Expansion Possibilities

Posted on: August 20, 2015 Author:

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In the extrusion business, luck does not determine success. The quality of the products you produce and sell is what dictates your future. It has been said that quality is equal to superiority and most of our clients in Southeast Asia can attest to that statement. They have seen the benefits of producing a higher caliber product and understand that a high quality product is made from high quality machine. That is why they have continued to choose Insta-Pro International extruders over the rest.

In the Philippines, a client of ours is selling 100% extruded full fat soybeans (EFFSB) to pig and poultry farms. Farmers chose to buy products processed by our customers over their competitors because of quality.  They have proven to their customers that properly processed EFFSB is:

  • an excellent source of fat & energy
  • an excellent source of digestible protein & amino acids
  • highly palatable for better feed efficiency
  • an excellent source of choline
  • a longer lasting product due to the presence of natural Tocopherols
  • a high quality polyunsaturated fat (linoleic acid)

All of these benefits have made all the difference for them.  Comparison and competition are always present, especially when selling feed and food products, which is why manufactures must find a way to set themselves apart to keep their business alive. Selling a higher quality product to a market who’s willing to pay the higher price can be an effective way to do this.

Regardless of how they make themselves stand out, successful company owners will continue to find ways to differentiate and expand their business.  Purchasing quality equipment by itself is not enough to assure producing high quality superior extruded whole soybeans. It is the optimization of the process that involves our recommendations and input.

Expansion and growth are always in the mind of customers in my region because growth is the key to keeping a business profitable. In SE Asia, many successful businessmen I interact with believe that additional investment will soon convert to a successful outcome as long as you produce quality products.  To learn more about this technology and nutritional benefits, contact your local Insta-Pro Intl team member.

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