The Cost of Workplace Disorganization

April 03, 2014

by Laurel Suchecki

When you walk around your production floor do you see forgotten coffee cups, trash on the bench or piles of swept up debris that has not made it any further?  If so, have you thought about how this affects your productivity, quality or morale.  Often basic housekeeping is overlooked in favor of "productivity." This is a common practice but...(continue reading)

Improving Plant Layout with Lean Flow

December 09, 2013

by Roy Laun

If you’re moving your manufacturing operation or running up against capacity constraints, your company has a perfect opportunity to benefit from improved plant layout using the principles of lean flow. We can sometimes fall prey to a series of bad habits, leaving equipment and inventory where they are because it’s convenient – yet not efficient. This is a trap...(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)

Business Growth: Enabling Growth through Technology

November 07, 2013

by Mark Paggioli

This post is the fourth in a series on the business growth opportunities that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can consider as they seek to increase top line revenue. Those of you following our four-part series on business growth will remember that we began our discussion with the need to diversify the customer base and continued with a look...(continue reading)

Connecticut’s Manufacturing Report Card

December 18, 2012

by Connstep Team

The Winter 2013 issue of The Connecticut Economy was released last week. The Connecticut Economy is a quarterly journal published by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Economics that offers data, forecasts, and substantive, data-driven analyses of current events, longer-term trends, and public policies affecting Connecticut’s economy. In this quarter’s journal, UCONN economist, Steven Lanza, issues Connecticut a manufacturing...(continue reading)

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