CONNSTEP Newsletter | January 2024
Recent Case Studies
Visual Management Tools and Setup Reduction Drive Quality and Production Gains
“We’ve really seen a culture of continuous improvement emerge with the mandatory use of visual boards. It’s become a habit to check the scheduling boards to help keep the jobs flowing. It’s now our standard way of operating.” Ibrahim Ibrahim, Lynn Welding Company, Inc.
CONNEX Facilitates a $100,000 Sales Opportunity for Novo Precision
“Using CONNEX we were able to find a good strategic match with a local company that was buying out of state and finishing in-house. We can provide complete turnkey service which is a win – win for both companies.” Bill Hazard, Novo Precision
The Importance of Setup Reduction/Quick Changeover
One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face today is high mix, low volume customer orders. The market demands shorter lead times of more frequent and smaller lots (batches) of product. This creates a dilemma for those manufacturers that deal with excessive setup or changeover time of equipment.
The Power of Kaizen in Manufacturing
Staying competitive and productive in manufacturing is essential to survival. One approach that has proven its worth time and time again is Kaizen. Kaizen, a Japanese term meaning “change for better,” is a methodology that focuses on continuous improvement. In this blog, we’ll explore how Kaizen works and the benefits it brings to a manufacturing business.
Upcoming Training & Events
A Guide to Digital Transformation Hosted by Capital Community College
Date: Wednesday, January 17th
Time: 7:30 am-9 am
Location: Capital Community College, Hartford, CT
Building a Successful Profile with CONNEX Connecticut
Date: Friday, January 19th
Time: 12 noon-12:30 pm
Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC Spring 2024)
Date: March 5-June 4
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Cromwell, CT
Quality Essentials Program (QEP Spring 2024)
Date: April 11-May 9
Time: 9 am-3:30 pm
Location: Cromwell, CT
• 500 Registered Manufacturers Reaping Benefits of CONNEX CT
• CBIA BizCast: Talking Manufacturing with RSM’s Dan Wheadon
• CBIA BizCast: UConn Tech Park Drives Innovation
• Connecticut’s CHIPS Consortium
• (MIF) Manufacturing Innovation Fund Annual Report
• [Podcast] Manufacturing an American Century: Check out the most recent episode of the American Manufacturing Communities Collaborative (AMCC)’s podcast! Host Matt Bogoshian talks to Paul S. Lavoie, Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer and Kelli-Marie Vallieres,PhD, Connecticut’s Chief Workforce Officer.
Money for Manufacturers
Grant programs designed to help Connecticut manufacturers acquire the skills, tools, and resources needed to keep pace with today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing ecosystem.
CONNSTEP’s Downloads & Materials
Discover key resources and information to help your organization overcome challenges and meet its goals to advance your business growth, enhance your manufacturing capabilities, and sustain your competitiveness in the industry.
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