How shadow boards help you be more competitive

As a manufacturer, one of your main advantages is to eliminate wastes, in other words, actions that are unnecessary and provide no added value. Shadow boards are an excellent means of implementing continuous improvement principles because their purpose is to eliminate the 8 manufacturing wastes. This article will give you tips on how to sort … Continued

How to do a 5S audit with your Smartphone

You’re almost there: 5S principles have been implemented in all workstations and offices throughout the plant, and all employees have all the necessary tools to work efficiently and safely. The last step? Applying the 5th S, Sustain (Shitsuke in Japanese), recurrently. We have tested 5 applications for you that will help you accomplish this task. … Continued

When should I draw with CAD or do a freehand sketch?

https://www.flexpipeinc.com/ca_en/structure/cart/Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Is training your staff to use 3D CAD software to design a structure necessary for all your projects? In our opinion, absolutely not! Depending on the complexity of the required structure, a freehand sketch may be faster than a computer drawing with CAD software. Read on to know when to … Continued

Why should I use Sketchup instead of my usual design software?

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes After a certain time, we sometimes get set in our ways of doing things. To a certain extent, familiarity can breed a certain level of efficiency. However, if you’re in a continuous improvement environment, have you considered new ways to speed up the freehand drawing process? Whether you’re using AutoCAD, … Continued

Top 4 tools for cutting

The plastic-covered metal tubes used for Flexpipe structures are relatively easy to cut. Throughout the years, we’ve tested several different tools and gotten feedback from our customers and our team about the ones they most commonly used to cut the tubes. We highly recommend drawing up a list of all the cuts that need to … Continued

Top 5 tools for assembling

Assembling a Flexpipe structure can be an easy process and can be made even quicker if you use the appropriate tools. All Flexpipe joint sets are assembled with the same nuts and bolts. As such, you’ll just need a 5-mm hex head tool to carry out your project. Depending on the scope of the project, … Continued

Proper Floor Marking: The Smart (And Cheap) Way To Improve Efficiency

  This article and the guide that goes with it, are the result of our collaboration with Creative Safety Supply. We hope you enjoy and learn something along the way. Skip this article and get your Floor Marking Guide right away! Though they are perhaps the single most cost-effective means of boosting a facility’s safety and … Continued

The 10 steps for a successful project

When it comes to setting up the process to assemble pipe and joint projects, there are certain principles you’ll want to keep in mind. We’ve drawn up the following list of 10 steps to follow so the construction of your structure goes as smoothly as possible. Read on for the details! Before setting up a … Continued

6 essential personality traits of the ideal assembler

Now that you have determined the people most suited to building your Flexpipe structures, here’s a list to help you choose the perfect candidate according to their primary personality traits. The factor which will most influence the success of your project is the personality of the individual or the team who is assembling the structure. … Continued

Our 7-Ways Idea Template to Avoid Tunnel Vision

How to go from a good idea to a great idea? Or what’s the difference between a good idea and a great idea? Good ideas come along all the time and help people solve minor problems. Great ideas appear a little less frequently and require a bit more work to execute.  Your first idea isn’t … Continued