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What Bugs You? Focus on a ‘2 Second’ Fix in the New Year

by Craig Corsi, Lean/Continuous Improvement Expert and Lean Together Facilitator Before I became a practitioner of lean and continuous improvement methodologies, I was taught concepts during training classes, public seminars, and from participating in team-led kaizen events. At the beginning…

Honing in on 8 Wastes

A 4-part series to examine and elevate awareness of the 8 wastes in manufacturing (DOWNTIME), and tips for enabling your employees to see them too. Eight Wastes, Part One:   Failing to produce or deliver a quality part the first…

Lean Together™ 2.0 Underway

Lean Together ™ 2.0 sessions started today, as a follow-on to Lean Together™ 1.0 that introduces manufacturing companies to concepts from the book 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers. With a focus on growing people, Lean Together 2.0 is for…

Wax On, Wax Off- Coaching Kata

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC Last month, readers were introduced to kata – a deliberate pattern of structured routine to learn, improve, and master specific skill sets. Regardless if the targeted skill is a specific martial art, a musical instrument,…

The Role and Success Factors of a Lean Champion

by Craig Corsi, Lean Specialist Companies who have a thriving lean program are often driven internally by a dedicated champion. This is someone who exemplifies the drive, leadership, training, and commitment to lead a company to improve the organization’s operational…

Lean: Getting Down to Basics

If you’re thinking about venturing down the Lean path in 2018, or looking to have additional employees trained to support your existing Lean culture, the Lean Basic Training class offered at the end of this month should be considered. The…

First Grads of Lean Together™

NWIRC initiated the Lean Together™ working group for operational excellence last January for manufacturing companies in Erie and Crawford County. The group included participants from SEPCO, Channellock, McInnes Rolled Rings, Machining Concepts, American Turned Products, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Acutec…