New lean white paper highlights benefits of poka-yoke

RP news wires, Noria Corporation
Tags: lean manufacturing

Nordson announces the availability of a new white paper, "Aftermarket Products Incorporate Poka-Yoke Design, Helping Manufacturers Reduce Maintenance Costs and Enhance Efficiency."

Poka-yoke (pronounced "poh-kah, yoh-kay) translates into English as error-proofing or mistake-proofing. Embraced by lean manufacturing, poka-yoke results in operations with fewer inadvertent errors as well as less wasted energy, time and resources.

Correctly designed and implemented poka-yoke devices are simple and inexpensive; usable by any operator; placed close to where errors can occur; and are part of the process. As they relate to aftermarket parts and components in the packaging industry, poka-yoke devices include "one-way fit," the color-coding and ergonomic design.

Gun bodies and modules, nozzles, solenoids, and filters all used in the application of hot melt adhesives in the packaging process can benefit from poka-yoke design. The white paper explains how each of these components provides faster identification, easier installation and reduced maintenance time and costs.

"Poka-yoke is part of Nordson's ongoing commitment to innovation, service and choice," states Kelli Crickey, aftermarket manager for Nordson. "Making our parts and components easier to use brings more efficiency to our customers and reduces their total cost of ownership over the life of their hot melt adhesive system."

To obtain a free copy of the white paper, visit, or contact Nordson Corporation, 11475 Lakefield Drive, Duluth, GA 30097. Telephone 800-683-2314 or fax 866-667-3329.

Nordson Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson Corporation has 3,600 employees worldwide and direct operations and sales support offices in 30 countries.

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