The CONNSTEP Blog

Cell Design at C. Cowles & Co. Recognized by Governor Malloy

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CONNSTEP’s recent Plant Layout, 5S and Cell Design project at C.Cowles & Co. was an important backdrop for Governor Malloy’s August 19, 2014 press conference. President Bonnie Del Conte had the pleasure of speaking at the event, and Laurel Suchecki, the project’s lead Business Growth Consultant, gave the Governor a tour of the process improvements […]

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How to Work ON the Business, Instead of IN the Business

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One of the most common challenges that Business Owners face is that they oftentimes handle everything from running and maintaining the shop floor to managing the organization’s books to leading sales and marketing efforts. This is all too common an issue – and stems from the fact that, in many cases, it may have been […]

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New ISO 9001 Standard May Require Effective Process Management

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Recently we explored the upcoming changes to the ISO 9001 standard, due to take effect in 2015. One of the key differences between 9001:2008 and the proposed new standard is a greater emphasis on effective process management. With this in mind, I want to take a deeper look at the ways enhanced process management can benefit companies of all sizes and industries. ISO 9001:2008 encourages the examination of one’s business in terms of processes. 9001:2015 is likely to go one step further, requiring a process-based Quality Management System (QMS).

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How to Get New Products to Market Faster

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Too many manufacturers take too long to bring new products to market, and those delays prevent them from maximizing the rewards of marketing new products. Find out the four biggest obstacles to new product development and how to scale them. Get to market faster, so you don't miss out on crucial windows of opportunity!

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Partnering with Your Suppliers on Mutually Satisfying Goals

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Delivery issues have the power to make or break a business. On-time deliveries to customers can result in more demand, more sales, and ultimately, more revenues. But inconsistent or chronically delayed deliveries can potentially be huge barriers to success, bringing a business to its knees – FAST. When you're dependent on your suppliers to keep your lines moving on schedule, you may feel like things are "out of your hands". If you feel like your business is too much at the mercy of your suppliers' schedules, interceding in a constructive way can yield great benefits - for both of you.

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