Worksite Improvement Case Studies

The Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Chemical Workplace

A silicone hose with braided rainforcement is sometimes bursted

To feed an undiluted cleaning agent, a customer was using a competitor’s silicone braided hose. But this type of silicone hose is bursted near the coupling part, and creating major problems on the line.

Hose keeps coming off, causing a major loss causing a major loss of liquid concenterate

A PVC hose was fastened with barb and two clamps in a process for filling undiluted liquid soap. But the nipple would disconnect, causing the soap to spill out. This was a major problem in terms of product loss as well as requiring extra labor to clean up the floors, which became a slippery hazard when the soap spilled.

Cleaning hoses with hot solutions causes them to break, decreasing work efficiency

A manufacturer of skin-care preparations was using a silicone braided hose to deliver an undiluted solution. The cleaning process involved passing hot steam through the hose, which made the hose more susceptible to breakage. Workers complained of the difficulties in maintaining an efficient work schedule.

Hoses with hard steel wire cost three times as much to dispose of

A plant was using spring hoses for shampoo and conditioner and the local government imposed a industrial waste tax. That tripled the disposal costs for the hoses they were using. They wanted to avoid having to sort out the hoses according to whether they contained hard steel because it increased their labor costs.

Tens of thousands of bolts become charged with static electricity, a hazard to the workerseven after being crushed.

At a chemical production plant, they were using suction hoses to transport wet powdered chemicals before they reached the drying oven. One day, they measured the static electricity and found a charge between 20 and 30 kilovolts, an extremely dangerous level for human workers.

Static electricity causes powder to stick to the hose, reducing production efficiency

In a factory that produces agricultural chemicals, hoses would cause a small static shock when workers touched them, even though the hoses were grounded. The hose was used to convey powder materials, which would stick inside the hose. This loss of efficiency was a major problem for the producer.