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How the Leap Sensor System Works with a Kaizen Event.

Kaizen’s principle is “Be visible: performance and improvements should be tangible and visible.” And Phase IV couldn’t agree more. 

But what is Kaizen? Ultimately it is a method that when implemented, creates a system of continuous improvement. The word “kaizen” comes from the Japanese meaning “change for the better.” In English, we think of Kaizen more simply as “improvement”. Specifically with manufacturing, the goal of Kaizen is to “go lean” by improving current standardized processes and […]

A Manufacturer’s Guide to the 5 Most Important Wireless Sensors

Shigeo Shingo, an industrial engineer who pioneered the Toyota Production System (TPS) said, “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” Manufacturers are on a never-ending quest to identify and eliminate waste. The more efficiently a factory runs, the more profitable it will be. The key is identifying the waste and turning it into an improvement.

This is exactly why […]

Proof! You Really Can Install a Leap Sensor System In 5 Minutes

We say it all the time: “Our sensors are up and running in just five minutes,” and we really do mean it. When we designed the Leap Sensors system, we knew one key would be to ensure the installation process was as streamlined as possible. That’s why our wireless sensors arrive pre-configured and ready for “plug and play” installation. We’ve removed the hassle of pulling wires and time-consuming software setup. Adding additional sensors to the Leap Sensor system […]

Meat Temperature Monitoring with Leap Sensors

Subs, hoagies, grinders, heroes. Whatever you call them, what could be more ideal for a summer picnic? Everyone enjoys delicious cold cuts piled high on a bread roll. And we can take for granted that it will be safe to eat, thanks to regulations regarding proper cooking and cooling of meat and poultry during processing.

USDA regulations for commercial cooking of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products require monitoring and recording of the internal […]

What is OEE, Why You Should Care About It, and How Leap Sensors Can Improve It

We’ve talked a lot about how the Leap Sensors product line was designed with user-friendliness, improved maintenance, and a high level of modularity in mind. What we haven’t talked as much about is Leap Sensors’ potential to improve productivity by tracking Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

OEE is one of the most effective ways to measure manufacturing productivity. OEE is an important metric because it provides manufacturers with a comprehensive view of how well their equipment […]

The Secret to Innovation, from Destination Imagination to the Real World

It is that time of year again: Destination Imagination Season. The Colorado state tournament took place this past Saturday, April 1st, as always, I enjoyed experiencing the unique energy of DI once again.  Last year I explained all about what DI is, and why the program produces the innovators of the future that I’m always looking to hire.

There is another element to Destination Imagination competition that […]

Phase IV’s Wireless Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring Featured in Civil & Structural Engineer Magazine

Thanks to Civil & Structural Engineer for featuring us in their latest issue. Our CEO, Scott Dalgleish, talks about how we relish the challenge of solving difficult sensing problems, especially when it is for something as critical as Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Read the full article.

Phase IV’s CAN Bus Technology Featured in Roads & Bridges Magazine

Our CEO Scott Dalgleish recently talked to Roads & Bridges about how our Leap Sensors system for structural health monitoring (SHM) are a game-changer. We’ve leveraged CAN bus technology to string multiple strain sensors along the length of beam. Read the article.

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