CONNSTEP Newsletter | July 2024

CONNSTEP Newsletter | July 2024

Recent Case Studies

Elevated Supervisory Skills Add to Performance & Productivity

“After the CONNSTEP training, I felt that each employee strengthened their capability as a supervisor. It shows in their confidence to lead others and the processes they have implemented in their departments. It also sends a message to everyone in the company that we care about your career growth and will keep supporting you in your roles.” Katty Garcia, General Manager, Siftex Equipment Company

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First Pass Yield Improvement Creates Dramatic Reduction in Lead Time

“Following guidance from my CONNSTEP mentor on this CICC project, I was able to lay out problems visually and uncover issues that were normally hidden. In the end, we reached our goal of having an RMA process that reduces the amount of returns coming back. And it freed up some of my time to apply to new projects.” Simon Bertocci, Manufacturing Engineer, Carlyle Johnson Machine Co.

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Recent Blogs

Misconceptions of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement

Lean principles and Continuous Improvement methodologies have garnered significant attention in manufacturing for their potential to optimize processes, reduce waste, and enhance efficiency. However, various misconceptions often cloud the understanding and implementation of these strategies.

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CONNSTEP Spring 2024 CICC Program Wraps Up with Dynamic Presentations

CONNSTEP recently concluded its successful Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC) program for Spring 2024. Manufacturers from across Connecticut sent representatives from their companies to learn about Lean manufacturing principles and practices.

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Upcoming Training & Events

CMMC Bootcamp: Mastering the CMMC Requirements Implementation

Date: Wednesdays, August 28th-September 25

Time: 8:00 am-12 noon

Location: Hartford, CT

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Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC)-Fall

Date: Tuesdays, September 10-December 12

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Location: Cromwell, CT

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Manufacturing Resources

Capstone Projects

Each year, dozens of manufacturing companies present engineering schools in Connecticut universities with design challenges they encounter in their business. Students research and analyze the problem, and typically end up with a solution—a design, a model, a working prototype.

Ideally, it’s a win-win for the company and the students: the company has their problem solved and students get hands-on experience problem solving.

CONNSTEP will coordinate the connection between the manufacturer and the university, and assist the process as needed.


Master Digital Thread Manufacturing
Unlock your potential at the cutting-edge Digital Thread Manufacturing Lab.


Grants 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.


Additional Resources

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