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Category Archives: Process Improvement

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller Toyota Kata–a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement–had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a […]

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Ed Selvoski

Consultant – Six Sigma Black Belt 920.918.6871 | [email protected] Ed brings 25 years of blended experience from starting as a machine operator to working his way to his most recent role as an Operations Manager. He has a true passion […]

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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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A need for expansion leads to increased flow, response times and reduction of non-value-added activities along with a plan for future growth.

Company Profile: Founded in 1970, US Aluminum is a privately held manufacturer of rain gutter accessories and leaf protection products. The company manufactures hangers, gutter guards, fasteners, outlets, end caps and sealants. US Aluminum employs about 45 people at its […]

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Turning up the Heat: A commitment to continuous improvement

Company Profile: West Milwaukee-based International Thermal Systems is essentially a conglomeration of four companies – LTG Technologies, which manufactures industrial ovens, washers and dryers used in manufacturing processes; Continental Equipment Corp., a unit that produces an industrial parts washer line; […]

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Getting Back to Business

          Second Quarter 2020 was certainly 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 […]

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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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Triton Trailers Success With Green Belt Training

Profile of Triton Trailers: Founded in 1975 by John Reiser and Bob Peisch as a manufacturer of boatlifts, Triton Trailers expanded into making canopies, farm gates, wood-burning furnaces and miscellaneous job shop work before shifting its focus to high-quality aluminum […]

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Dillman Equipment Makes Sustainable Culture Change

May 21, 2020 Dillman Equipment of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and its 150 employees supply the asphalt industry with a complete line of asphalt plant equipment including asphalt storage silos, counterflow drum plants, coldfeed systems, recycle systems, baghouses, dust silos, air […]

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Managing Growth & Expansion Through Leadership Development

Profile of Sussex IM: Sussex IM started in 1977 as Sussex Plastics Inc. when founded by Lorand Spyers-Duran, a Hungarian immigrant. Today, the custom injection molder and integrated manufacturer has more than 500 employees between two plants in the village […]

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