Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) are commonplace in our everyday lives. Surgical tape, box-sealing tape and self-stick products such as adhesive stamps and removable adhesive notes are just some of the consumer products that use pressure-sensitive adhesives. PSAs are used in space and automotive applications as well.
When dealing with complex problems, it is best to take a step-by-step approach. This methodology can aid the investigation of quality issues commonly encountered with pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) products.
The starting point for the creation of a lean corporation is the development of a corporate business process model that represents all corporate activities in a common format and facilitates the implementation of the lean philosophy. A bottom-up approach is used to create this model, such that groups and departments document their processes, and these processes are combined to form larger processes. The highest-level process corresponds to the corporation's business process.
Long a mainstay of conventional manufacturing and distribution, material-handling automation is now becoming increasingly helpful to adhesives and sealants companies, boosting productivity and the bottom line.