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Benchmarking Report: How you stack up on 5S

The Very Best of 5S Submitted by Anthony Manos, Lean Champion with 5S Supply Want to know how your organization stacks up? This in-depth benchmarking report looks at techniques, practices and principles for 5S Workplace Organization and Standardization. It sheds light on how organizations have successfully created a 5S system and the obstacles and solutions they […]

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Include Maintenance in Your Lean Dialogue from the Start

As you plan strategies for launching or revitalizing your lean implementation, don’t forget to include maintenance in the mix. “Maintenance is a key contributor to a continuous improvement or lean initiative,” said John Kravontka, president of Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions. “Many times, they are the last function to receive lean overview training, and they do not fully understand what […]

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Quick Response Manufacturing - Dr Suri

Time is money – Quick Response Manufacturing Feb 3

Time is money. QRM means reducing lead times for tasks throughout your company, allowing you to manufacture products for specific customer needs. The result is quick response, improved quality, and lower cost. Rick Bastian, Chairman and CEO of Blackhawk Bank is pleased to introduce local manufacturers to the innovative concepts of Dr. Rajan Suri, Founder of […]

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7 Common Profit Leaks and Cost Savings Opportunities

The following are a number of common cost improvement opportunities that I have witnessed when working with my various clients. This list, by no means, covers all the potential situations where unnecessary costs may exist and savings are possible but it is a good starting point. My hope is that what I have shared here […]

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IMEC welcomes two new Regional Managers to the Metro East

Welcome the newest members of the IMEC team, Lisa Kenney and Doug Moehle Doug Moehle comes to IMEC with more than 28 years of experience in Operations Management and Quality Assurance, primarily from the metal stamping industry. With extensive experience in all facets of operations and quality including the implementation of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement […]

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Megan Falconer

Continuous Improvement Specialist Brings Knowledge and Enthusiasm to IMEC Clients

Welcome the newest member of the IMEC team, CI specialist serving the Greater Chicagoland area… Megan Falconer, a Technical Specialist with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, has four years of manufacturing experience as a Product Engineer, Materials Coordinator, Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Process Engineer in both the steel and plastics industries.  APICS certified, Megan has […]

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7 Steps to Successful Strategic Sourcing

The term “Strategic Sourcing” has been referred to quite often over the last few years. It definitely sounds impressive and implies a cutting edge and potentially transformational process but what is it – really? What is “Strategic Sourcing” and how does it compare to the prior way of sourcing. Personally, I think strategic sourcing is […]

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John Cosentino, IMEC Specialist

Lean Six Sigma Specialist Brings Experience to IMEC Clients

Welcome the newest member of the IMEC team, Lean Six Sigma Specialist serving northeast Illinois… John Cosentino, a Technical Specialist with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, has 26 years of manufacturing experience as a Project/Program Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President of Operations, and Continuous Improvement Manager.  A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Champion, John […]

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