Continuous Improvement

Create A Competitive Advantage

Transform your business into a customer-focused, resource-efficient powerhouse with Lean solutions. Minimize waste while increasing productivity and profitability, and create a competitive advantage that really sets your company apart with:

  • reduced lead times and lower costs
  • improved efficiency, productivity, quality, and overall performance
  • smoother, more accurate information management
  • increased customer satisfaction

Is Lean Continuous Improvement Right for Your Business?

A strategic business system for organizing and managing operations, suppliers, and customer relations, Lean isn’t a “program”, but a complete shift in the way an organization operates. Contrary to popular belief, it is not “just for manufacturers”, but for companies of all sizes in any industry. Lean harnesses continuous improvement initiatives to optimize key processes and accelerate the flow of products/services through entire value streams. We can help you implement proven Lean solutions and training programs, customized to meet your unique needs. Our practical, experienced experts will teach your team the strategies, tools and methods to succeed and thrive in the face of change.

Get Focused on Better Results

We’re quick to hone in on the best opportunities to improve efficiency and build capacity, fast. We regularly deliver uncommonly transformative results – like double digit capacity gains and millions in savings –  and they’re independently verified. Have a brief discovery session with us. No risk, nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.

CT’s Proven Lean Consultants

Whether you are just starting your Lean transformation or advancing a team-based culture of continuous improvement across your company, we can help you ensure success and long-term sustainability. Our work in consulting with you is independently verified by an objective third-party, so you can trust in our track record of success. Customize any of these Lean solutions to your unique needs.


  • increases your capacity by eliminating motion waste
  • improves quality by reducing labor variances
  • remedies safety concerns, makes them more visible and simpler to address

Go To 5S

Cell Design

  • minimize lead times
  • drive down inventory
  • reduce man-hours
  • maximize Value Added work

Go to Cell Design

Team/Change Management

  • win over resistance to change
  • minimize risks
  • get better results

Go to Change Management

Enterprise Wide Lean

  • create capacity by eliminating wastes across the company
  • do more with existing assets: people and machinery
  • produce at your peak

Go to Enterprise Wide Lean


  • improve a process quickly with shorter, intense focus
  • reap large cumulative results over time

Go to Kaizen


  • improve flow of information/material based on actual consumption
  • develop a sound material management strategy

Go to Kanban/Pull

Lean Healthcare

  • reduce costs
  • improve patient care

Go to Lean Healthcare

Lean Office/Business Operations

  • reduce paperwork
  • improve efficiencies
  • eliminate redundant work

Go to Lean Office/Business Operations

Plant Layout

  • maximize the space you’re in for the best value
  • avoid costly moving expenses and building hassles
  • get the most out of a new space from Day 1
  • increase capacity with new efficiencies

Go to Plant Layout

Setup Reduction

  • improve productivity
  • reduce downtime of people and equipment

Go to Setup Reduction

Supply Chain Development

  • shorten delivery and lead times
  • gain control over your master production schedule
  • identify and resolve critical supplier constraint points
  • implement creative solutions that deliver quantifiable results

Go to Supply Chain Development

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

  • maximize productivity of your equipment
  • extend machinery life
  • improve safety, quality, cost and delivery

Go to Total Preventative Maintenance

Training Within Industry (TWI)

  • capture “best of the best” practices of longstanding employees before they retire
  • fix skills shortages and cross-training issues
  • transfer vast tribal knowledge to newer workers, quickly and permanently
  • get new employees up to speed and thoroughly trained

Go to TWI

Value Stream Mapping

  • see and clear roadblocks quickly
  • diagnose problems fast
  • make workflow visible
  • find immediate improvement opportunities

Go to Value Stream Mapping

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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