Lean Continuous Improvement

The Power of Assessment Tools: Take Your Business to the Next Level

July 01, 2014

by Mark Paggioli

As an Owner looking to reorganize, transfer leadership or ownership, or otherwise take your business to the next level, your success is directly tied to whether you have a clear understanding of what is needed to move forward. Determining what that path forward will be requires a thorough grasp of the current state of your organization and how well...(continue reading)

Case Studies in Plant Layout Optimization

June 20, 2014

by Roy Laun

Are you relocating your operations to a new site or experiencing capacity constraints in your current location? A focused plant layout optimization exercise can improve capacity and throughput, provide cost savings, and uncover additional efficiencies, while enabling consolidation into a facility with a smaller overall footprint. In the following case studies, we will examine two such instances where CONNSTEP’s plant layout optimization efforts...(continue reading)

Getting the Most Out of Your PRIME Project

June 18, 2014

by Bill Kirchherr

Connecticut-based industrial firms with significant annual power usage have an outstanding opportunity to receive funding for Kaizen events and other lean manufacturing programs. Under its Process Reengineering for Increased Manufacturing Efficiency program (PRIME), Connecticut Light & Power, as the administrator of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF), gives manufacturers up to $7,000 for lean manufacturing qualified events. A Lean...(continue reading)

The Value of Learning in a Group Setting

June 13, 2014

by Bill Caplan

With all the webinars, books, podcasts, and other self-guided opportunities for learning, is there still a value in coming together with your peers in a group learning environment? Absolutely. Though learning on your own certainly has its merits, group learning can provide several valuable advantages over individual self-tutelage. Others' Experiences Inform Our Own To begin with, collaboration stimulates our minds...(continue reading)

How to Get Buy-In for Lean Changes

June 03, 2014

by Kelly McDaniel

In a recent post, Laurel Suchecki examined the cost of disorganization in the workplace and how it can adversely affect productivity and morale. She made the case for 5S as a way to combat the creep of workplace entropy.  As with any Lean initiative, though, a successful 5S effort requires the workforce to embrace change, and that’s easier said than...(continue reading)

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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