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Category Archives: Cost and Efficiency

Proto-1 Addresses Quality Management & Streamlines Workflow

Company Profile: Founded in 1997 in Winnecone, Wisconsin, Proto-1 began as a machine shop specializing in creating safe and efficient equipment to deburr tube and pipe.  The result was the creation of our patented Roto-D-Bur ® head.  Company owners and […]

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5 Leadership Essentials for Lean Success

AUG 05, 2020 The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) defines people-centric leadership (PCL)as a culture in which every day, everyone goes home feeling fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. All too often, PCL is missing from lean, causing many […]

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High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative Robots

July 23, 2020 By: Andrew Peterson Collaborative robots are increasingly attractive to manufacturers who require flexible solutions for their growing product mix but may not have the scale of work or capital resources needed to justify larger investments in automation systems. […]

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Getting Back to Business

          2020 has been challenging for many. Manufacturers are positioning themselves to the make the most of the coming recovery. From our manufacturer pulse surveys and hundreds of conversations with manufacturers, we believe we understand the […]

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Unprecedented Challenges Demand Unique Strategies for Manufacturers

A deep recession combined with a lengthy coronavirus pandemic has caused considerable concern for Wisconsin’s small and mid-size manufacturers. Despite the unprecedented challenges, there are strategies manufacturers can take now to lead them out of the economic downturn. Long term […]

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Managing Productivity

June 12, 2020 By: Ken Voytek I’ve made it my personal crusade to keep a focus on the fundamental importance of productivity to manufacturers, to the MEP Program, to the MEP Centers that do the daily work of helping small manufacturers […]

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New Berlin Plastics Saves cost Along with increasing sales

Profile of New Berlin Plastics: Founded in 1974, New Berlin Plastics is a manufacturer of high-quality, custom injection-molded plastic components. New Berlin Plastics partners with medium and large Original Equipment Manufacturers to provide custom plastic injection-molding services. New Berlin Plastics’ […]

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Partnering with MEP Center: PRiMEX for AS9100D Certification and QMS Improvements

May 8, 2020 By: Puerto Rico Manufacturing Extension (PRiMEX) El-Com Systems Corp is a wholly-owned subsidiary of El-COM Systems Solutions based in California. The local company has been in Puerto Rico since 2016 operating in Caguas. The company is dedicated to manufacturing […]

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Industrial Nameplate Benefits Big from ISO Certification

Profile of Industrial Nameplate, Inc.: Fred Ziegler founded the business in the basement of the family’s home in the early 1960s under the name Thunderbird Industries. After incorporating, the company moved to Appleton in 1980. In 2003, the name of […]

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Lean Innovation: What Manufacturers Can Learn From the Tech Sector’s Appropriation of Lean Thinking

April 30, 2020 By: Brian Lagas When most people think of lean processes, the prevailing attitude is that the goal is to optimize things in a step-by-step approach. The result that companies using lean methods can look forward to is incremental […]

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