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Category Archives: Cost and Efficiency

Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

June 12, 2019 By: Brian Lagas “Why are our changeovers taking so long?” If you’ve asked this question on the shop floor, more than likely you were met with blank stares by your employees. Open-ended questions like this are overwhelming, […]

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NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants

May 29, 2019 More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won’t heat the atmosphere as much as today’s refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by the National Institute of Standards […]

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Fastener Company Overcomes Production Issues through Lean Manufacturing

May 14, 2019 By: West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) Since their inception in 1959, Level 1 Fasteners, Inc. has continued to produce the highest quality fasteners for the US Navy and its subcontractors.  Level 1 Fasteners, Inc. began in the […]

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Elizabeth Aldana

Consultant 608.732.5077 | [email protected] Elizabeth brings over 14 years of experience in manufacturing, including Engineering and Operations leadership, complex Project Management, New Product Development and Lean Six Sigma Operations.  Elizabeth has worked for several small/mid-size manufacturers, including MRPC and Vesta, […]

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Operational Excellence / Continuous Improvement

Cost, Efficiency and Continuous Improvement Programs for Operational Excellence Manufacturers that are focused on becoming more successful continually find ways to improve, whether this means increasing productivity, reducing waste and environmental impact, or increasing speed and responsiveness. The result is […]

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Work Instructions

Work Instructions are the foundation for improvement efforts. Working with WMEP to document in hard copy, and/or electronically, your current best practices will help your company ensure all processes are well sequenced and organized. Work Instructions will help your company […]

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Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

 Uncover waste and find out how to best streamline your manufacturing and office processes. VSM, allows you to take a high-level view of your process or value stream — then diagnose problems and implement changes — is the best way […]

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Quick Changeover/ Set Up Reduction

Quick Changeover, also referred to as SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies), is a lean manufacturing technique designed to improve your efficiency in your manufacturing procedures. Your organization will learn quick changeover/setup reduction methodologies and practice the set-up reduction principles […]

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Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Extend Equipment Life and Productivity with TPM One of the critical building blocks of the Lean process, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is an easy-to-implement system that allows you to increase your equipment’s capacity by 25%-60%, reduce maintenance costs by 10%-50%, […]

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Problem Solving For Continuous Improvement

Is your company really good at solving problems because you get a lot of practice solving the same problem over and over again? Do you struggle with high variability/scrap, recurring issues, or inefficient business processes? Do you have customer that […]

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