Lean Continuous Improvement

Preventing Small Business Failure: Top Ten Company Killers (Part II)

April 02, 2014

by Mark Paggioli

Last week we began our look at the first five of the top 10 small business killers. From bad management and cash flow problems to a lack of marketing, underperforming sales, and insufficient financial reserves, we pointed to some of the most likely challenges that business owners face when they assess the value of their businesses. Let’s dive back into...(continue reading)

Lean Manufacturing Lessons for Healthcare

March 13, 2014

by Matin Karbassioon

It's no secret that healthcare systems across the country are in need of better management and cost control. In Connecticut, HartfordBusiness.com reported recently that hospital costs have risen 16.2% over the last four years, now totaling $9.98 billion in expenses in fiscal year 2012. What's pushing costs up in CT is reportedly spending on personnel, which represents over 50%...(continue reading)

Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma: How to Choose the Right Tool for You

March 03, 2014

by Mike Stimson

Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma -- you hear these terms tossed around as though they are inter-changeable. Are they the same, though? Mike Stimson, a Manager of our Business Advisory Services, and Bill Caplan, one of our Business Growth Consultants, weighed in to clarify and define how these powerful solutions bring their own definitive virtues to process improvement...(continue reading)

Managing Manufacturing Inventory: Transparency is Key

February 27, 2014

by Bill Caplan

Let’s face it—inventory doesn’t do you any good unless you have a need for it.  But, when it comes to a strategy to manage manufacturing inventory, how much is too much for your business? Countless misconceptions exist around maintaining and managing inventory levels. For some, the search for best practices in managing manufacturing inventory seems like a wild goose...(continue reading)

Starting to Use Lean Tools to Build Value in Your Company

February 11, 2014

by Laurel Suchecki

Lean tools help you define what your customer values, so you can plan your processes around what truly drives sales: your customers’ needs. The whole idea behind Lean thinking is to free up capacity so you can use it to grow your business. How do you know when you’re ready to start putting some Lean tools in place? How...(continue reading)

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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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