Lean Continuous Improvement

Need More Trained Employees? Look Within…

November 19, 2013

by Bonnie Del Conte

How often do we hear our industry bemoaning the lack of qualified, trained employees here in Connecticut? In my role, I hear it virtually all the time. While I don’t dispute the fact that fewer members of our young workforce are choosing to go into manufacturing, I do dispute that there is a lack of existing potential just waiting...(continue reading)

Managing Throughput and Reducing Lead Times: Start by Stopping

November 13, 2013

by Matin Karbassioon

If thinking about reducing your lead times by managing throughput more efficiently seems daunting, remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In this case, the first step is asking yourself a basic question: “How many pieces of what we’re manufacturing should we make today?” It sounds easy enough. But actually, the answer can...(continue reading)

First Steps with Enterprise Wide Lean Manufacturing

October 22, 2013

by Bill Caplan

If you had the opportunity to read our recent article about Enterprise Wide Lean (EWL) initiatives, you may be familiar with CONNSTEP’s holistic, top-down approach to continuous improvement. Rather than pursuing point-based Lean Manufacturing solutions, EWL encourages a more comprehensive mindset, inspiring a cultural shift and inspiring all stakeholders to understand value creation, work to eliminate waste, and seek...(continue reading)

Lean at an Enterprise Wide Level

October 22, 2013

by Bill Caplan

The old saying that life doesn’t come with an instruction manual is equally true in business. Yet every day, business leaders the world over are tasked with figuring out how to outperform their rivals. Success in business may not be as simple as following a universal format, but even a cursory study of world-class organizations will uncover some common...(continue reading)

The Evolution of a Program

January 30, 2013

by Bill Caplan

I have been a lead facilitator and instructor for the CICC program for the last seven years and over that period of time, the program has grown and evolved due to direct input from those who have completed the program. Although not a requirement, more and more attendees are coming to the program with a greater understanding of Lean...(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.”

esi CT manufacturer

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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