Ergo Cup

Ergo Cup

The McWane Ergo Cup competition is held annually. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to reduce and prevent work place injuries … it is not an impossible mission.

The commitment to safety shown by our team members, on behalf of each other and McWane, is inspiring.

Barb Wisniewski

Teams from McWane facilities around the country present ergonomic-related projects they have implemented within the last 24 months to a panel of health and safety experts. Each project is aimed at reducing injuries, while improving workplace efficiency and transforming processes to best fit the needs of our team members.

“The commitment to safety shown by our team members, on behalf of each other and McWane, is inspiring,” said Barb Wisniewski, Vice President Health and Safety. “This is a perfect example of the McWane Way in action."

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. This emphasizes the implementation of industry and task-specific guidelines for reducing and preventing workplace musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries.

Each year, every project is judged on measureable outcomes such as return on investment, quantified reduction of injury and reduced workers' compensation costs, among other factors. The successes from these projects are then implemented at other McWane facilities with similar operations to further reduce injury risks company wide.

Good luck to our team members!

2016 Ergo Cup Winners

First Place: Bibby Ste. Croix, Sainte Croix, Quebec, Canada - Ladle Demolding Station 

A tool has been developed to remove the refractory without the use of a jack drill or any pneumatic hand tool.  instead of breaking the cooled cast iron, as well as the refractory with pneumatic tools, the new tool is ues to push the material that must be removed from the ladle.  

1st Runner Up: Tyler Pipe& Coupling, Marshfield, MO - Injection Mold Extruder Tip Puller

The team developed a tool that uses gear reduction, allowing the team member to work outside of the tight space and  remove the required cheater pipe.  The required number of people for the job is now lowered to one person. 

Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction):  Anaco, Corona, CA - "No More" Manual Loading of Feed Bins on the Threader Machines 

Modify the process for filling the feed hoppers for the screw threads to minimize or eliminate the need to manually fill the hoppers.  This includes fabrication of a removable/reusable chute that can be attached to the parts bins and using a forklift with turntable to dumb the parts from the bin into the hopper. 

Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project):  McWane Ductile Ohio, Coshocton, OH - Sure Stop Gasket Removal 

By using a Sure-stop extractor tool,  the need to cut the spigot end of the pipe has been eliminated.  Team members can now separate two adjoining pipe and also are able to re-use the gasket.  This tool eliminates the need for a team member to cut the pipe with a saw and cut out the remainder of the pipe from the bell end of the second pipe.  This tool is an ergonomic stress reliever and a cost-efficient method to remove th gasket.  

Past Ergo Cup Winners

2016

First Place: Tyler Pipe & Coupling, Marshfield, Missouri - Gasket Conveyor Project
1st Runner Up: Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa - Punch Press Stem Conversion
Best Risk Reduction (representing the highest overall risk reduction):  Amerex, Trussville, Alabama - Valve Install
Best Innovation (representing the most innovative project):  Tyler Union Foundry, Anniston, Alabama - Tuff Grip Pattern Core Modifications

2015

First Place - Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa & Corona, California
1st Runner Up - Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy Illinois
Best Risk Reduction Award - Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana
Best Innovation Award - Amerex, Trussville, Alabama

2014
First Place - Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Quincy, Illinois
1st Runner Up -  Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Elkhart, Indiana
Best Risk Reduction Award - Bibby-Ste-Croix
Best Innovation Award - Manchester Tank & Equipment Company, Bedford, Indiana

2013

First Place - Manchester Tank and Equipment, Elkhart, Indiana
Second Place - Manchester Tank and Equipment, Qunicy, Illinois
Third Place - Tyler Coupling

2012

First place — Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company, Provo, Utah
Second place — Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Third place — Amerex, Trussville, Alabama

2011

First place — Union Foundry  Company, Anniston, Alabama
Second place — Clow Water Systems, Coshocton, Ohio
Third place — Clow Valve Company, Oskaloosa, Iowa

2010
First place — Amerex, Trussville, Alabama
Second place — Clow Water Systems, Coshocton, Ohio
Third place — M&H Valve Company, Anniston, Alabama

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