By Rich Rovito

The Transformational Productivity Initiative is designed to help manufacturers systematically address lagging productivity, a declining workforce,adoption of automation, and digital technology.

A key first step in the TPI journey is the initial assessment, which helps organizations create a baseline understanding of how they compare to best practices and industry benchmarks.

Value and insights gained from the TPI assessment will be the focus of a breakout session at WMEP Manufacturing Solutions’ Manufacturing Matters! Conference Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Milwaukee.

The session will focus on the TPI half-day Assessment process and the tools that help WMEP clients identify and prioritize critical actions across management best practices, process improvements and digital technologies to improve productivity.

“We want people to realize the value of conducting an organizational excellence assessment,” said Carol Crawford, WMEP senior consultant, who will moderate the conference session along with Stephen Smiley, also a senior consultant with the organization. “We start with an assessment to develop a baseline.”

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions and the Milwaukee 7 launched the TPI initiative in 2017 with an aim of increasing productivity at factories throughout the state in order to ensure the long-term success of the state’s manufacturing sector.

The overall goal is to achieve a minimum of 30 % to 40% productivity improvements over a three- to five-year period. 

Session panelists will share their unique experiences as they highlight the value and insights gained from the TPI Assessment process.

Carol Crawford, Senior Consultant Operational Excellence, Supply Chain, Six Sigma Black Belt

Panelists include:

  • Sara Esser, General Manager of Spincraft, a New Berlin producer of fabricated metal products
  • Ken Schuh, Operations Manager of Dairyland Electrical Industries in Stoughton, which manufacturers solid-state decoupling products
  • Michael Esser, Operations Manager, at Dielectric Manufacturing, a Menomonee Falls contract manufacturer

TPI is valuable for manufacturers that are facing shortages in labor, materials or capital, and want to gain insight into how to improve their overall effectiveness and productivity by using WMEP Assessment tools and services.

The benefits of the program include more profitable operations driven through productivity gains in resource efficiency, effectiveness, and general cost reduction.

Following the assessment, WMEP analyzes the results and report back to the client.

“We come up with a target project plan and the client selects elements that will be combined with their strategic plan and initiatives,” Crawford said.