14500 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089 US
Cathy Sitek has 35 years of experience in manufacturing having previously owned and operated United Gage where she manufactured complex gages for manufacturing. In 2004, Cathy opened United Manufacturing Network which specializes in precision grinding of tooling, fixtures, gages and parts for manufacturing in nearly every sector of manufacturing. Precision grinding craftspeople support automated manufacturing by bringing the products into the final tolerances and surface finishes required by the OEM. Jerry Sitek has over 35 years of experience in industrial mechanical construction having served apprenticeship in the Plumbers Local 98 and serving the final last twenty years in the industry in management and estimation. In 2012, Jerry joined United Manufacturing Network and coordinated the expansion of UMN to a complete precision grinding service in its current Warren Michigan facility.
Human Balance and Stability Systems (HBS Systems) was formed in 2016 by Cathy and Jerry Sitek, a husband and wife who also own and operate United Manufacturing Network. This patent pending technology was born out of necessity to address their own chronic pain from standing at machines to perform tasks. These products are developed to support standing by providing a point of contact to the shins for human balance and stability. When providing this point of contact, individuals significantly control sway (the internal mechanism the body uses for equilibrium and balance) and individuals find an instant relief in the fatigue, tension and strain the body experiences to remain balanced and stabile. Until now, performing tasks in a standing position has resulted in many aches and pains including the feet, ankles, legs, back and neck. These can become chronic and debilitating as we often see in those who have stood and performed tasks for extended duration in their lives. The effects these symptoms have on overall health are even more concerning and will eventually be proven to have had a major role in the soaring healthcare costs seen today. When standing in one spot, the body works so hard to control normal sway that sway becomes detrimental if not controlled and causes excess tension and strain in fascia and muscles we use to balance. Extended duration standing then results in body and muscle fatigue which allows for development of more critical health issues and can even play a role in the safety of performing a task.
Today, there is a concerted effort on the part of researchers, employers, the healthcare community and commercial furniture manufacturers to provide Lean Manufacturing solutions as well as options to help people move from chairs to standing. Extensive research continues to confirm earlier findings that standing improves health factors such as circulation, heart rate, cardio metabolic factors such as HDL cholesterol and even the mood of the individual. However, the success in getting people on their feet will result in the same chronic health issues experienced by those individuals who already stand all day to perform tasks. Research performed as far back as the 1930’s points to the interaction of the body’s fascia on overall health. The fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia research contends that excessive tension in the fascia layer prevents responsiveness between the nervous system and body which affects the body’s overall function and wellbeing. Remarkably, fascia research was largely brushed aside since the 1930’s in advancements in pharmaceuticals, surgery and many other solutions to the symptoms of chronic body pain. We are pleased to be a part of the research that is now starting which will reopen the book on the body’s fascia to better understand its connection to tension and muscle fatigue. HBS Systems is providing solutions for tension, fatigue, and overall health of those who stand by controlling body sway. We offer and develop products that improve health, safety and productivity by providing balance and stability to assist in Sustaining Human Energy TM.