The novel Coronavirus has cast a spotlight on ventilators as a life saving device, but few know much about what they do or how they work. From the first day of the coronavirus outbreak hospitals in the U.S. began scrambling to collect ventilators. The idea was that people’s lives would be saved if they had enough ventilators for everyone with Covid-19. However, the picture is changing quickly as medical professionals learn more about this never before seen virus and as the infection continues to spread across the globe. How does Covid-19 affect the lungs? There is still a lot that researchers and medical professionals doRead More →

Data from the World Health Organization suggests that while 80% of Covid-19 cases are mild or moderate, approximately 15 % of the cases are severe and will requiring oxygen therapy and 5% will be critically ill requiring ICU treatment. While oxygen is all around us, we often forget it is also a life saving medicine. For the individuals facing severe cases of the novel coronavirus, medical oxygen is a key treatment that can save their lives. What is Covid-19 Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. And while There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mildRead More →

During a recent conversation with one of our customers, MIJA was pleased to hear feedback from one of their customers. en-Gauge stated, “It was a sobering moment as I listened to our client, a Fortune 100 Corporation that had installed en-Gauge technology a little over a year ago.” “We haven’t been able to get into our building for the last 3 months due to the virus and there is so much that we are falling behind on.  But the en-Gauge technology connected to our building automation system is keeping our facility code compliant when inspections by our personnel is next to impossible.”  Listed, proven andRead More →

There’s nothing like a nice cold draft beer, especially in the summer. Beer on tap is the way to go, because a good bar – whether it’s a craft beer bar or your favorite neighborhood dive bar, will usually put time into its draft selections.  In a bar, draft should be moving faster than bottles, so it’s usually fresher too. But not many of us know what really goes into serving the perfect beer.  How Keg Beer Stays Fresh A kegerator is a draft beer system that is housed inside a refrigerator. The main parts of a kegerator include the refrigerator, beer keg, CO2 tank, regulator, shank, draftRead More →

MIJA has successfully completed an 8-week Plant Layout workshop, that was lead by MassMEP as part of our continuous improvement plan. Before starting the program, there were many opinions on how to improve the layout of the production floor, but by following the Systematic Layout Planning approach we were able to come to a consensus and the results are remarkable. During the 8-week program, we learned to identify key relationships and eliminate waste, based on the flow of materials and the non-flow relationship between activity areas. We started by identifying key activity areas and documented how the materials flow between each. Then by value streamRead More →

If your child is one of the 26 million students that ride the school bus every day, you’ll be glad to know that traveling by school bus is the safest method of motorized transportation on the American road. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), children are actually seven times safer riding on a school bus than they are in your family car. And while school buses are safe to ride in, accidents and fires do occur. School Bus Fires According to a 2016 study by John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, an average of 379 school bus fires happen annually, that’s 1-2 firesRead More →

Halloween

Halloween is a magical day for kids and adults alike, made up of glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried corn stalks decorating your front porch while excited children dressed in costumes excitedly running around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat for mini-candy bars. But there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns.   Here are some safety tips to help make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters and princesses this year. Before you head out, make sure any long trailing fabric is tied up so that no one trips and if your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are largeRead More →

From the moment you tell your friends or begin showing signs of that cute baby bump, the congratulations will surely be followed up by “is it a boy or girl?” For an increasing number of parents, gender reveal parties are quickly becoming an extravagant new way to share the big news with family and friends. Gender reveal parties are no longer a simple cake cutting or balloon release.  People are said to have wrestled alligators, jumped out of airplanes and shooting tannerite to create a colored powder explosion. Tannerite Concerns While Tannerite is technically legal, it can also be dangerous. According to the many news sources,Read More →