Blog

Testing mattresses in our lab (No, we don’t mean napping)

You might remember the mattress commercials from the 1990s where a bowling ball gets dropped onto a mattress. Our engineers recently had the chance to conduct a similar version of that bowling ball test on mattresses in our lab for a client. Novosbed sells mattresses online, and since their customers can’t test the mattresses out in a showroom, the company depends on written product reviews. So they hired us to conduct independent tests to support those reviews. At the same time, we quantified mattress qualities that are usually considered sensory: firmness, edge supportiveness, motion isolation (like the bowling ball in the commercial), and bounciness. While “testing mattresses”…

Steel fabrication facility increased production by 50% in six months

A local structural steel fabrication company wanted to increase production in their welding shop. The Pure Mosaic team worked with this company over six months to initiate lean thinking, introduce lean tools, and implement changes required to remove waste in their processes. As a result, the steel manufacturing company experienced several significant benefits without adding extra resources: Increased production flow in welding shop by 50%, from 32 assemblies per day to 48 assemblies per day Reduced work area by 25% (10,888 ft2 to 8,166 ft2), clearing square footage for future expansion Decreased lead time by 50% (from 8 days to 4 days) Increased revenue per hour by…

Making high density storage organized and functional

Lean isn’t just for manufacturing facilities. We worked with a post-secondary institution that was in need of improvement to their processes in its high density library. It was in need of drastic improvement, so the Pure Mosaic team implemented spaghetti diagrams, value stream mapping, and 5S to help the post-secondary institution lean its processes. As a results, the customer saw: A decrease in their lead time from 6.5 hours to 3.5 hours (46% improvement) Reduced WIP inventory (from 2000 to 250 units) Reduced required production space by 3,283 ft2 Reduced walking distance for sorting runs by 50% (from 1,353 ft. to 660 ft.) The facility went from…

How Lean Benefits People

Five years ago, Christy Benoit co-founded the Mosaic Family of Companies on a core tenet of building people who are happy and engaged at work – and Christy believes that would not have been possible without implementing Lean. “People are inherently striving to contribute in a meaningful way,” Christy said. Lean philosophy has been deeply adopted into the culture at the Mosaic Family (which includes companies Oil Country Engineering and Pure Mosaic) and it has proven to be an important piece of the puzzle to keep employees engaged. “People leave at the end of the day knowing they did effective work and their time was worth something.”…

From drilling rigs to solar installs: Diversifying in today’s economy

Any business that serves the oil and gas industry knows what “diversify” means – many of us have been trying to do it since late 2015 to keep our employees working in a lagging economic climate. Oil Country Engineering has branched out to do project work in quite a few different industries, but one type of work in particular came as a surprise: doing design and engineering work for the solar industry. Drilling rig experts engineering solar installs – two very different industries, and two very different products. It might sound like a bit of a stretch! But mechanical engineer Wes Schroeder says it wasn’t an unlikely…