Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part II: New Product Development

Having analyzed the importance of implementing a strategic analysis of your process and current technologies, we turn our focus toward new product development and the systems and practices associated with it. There are many uncertainties and challenges companies face throughout the development process, from conception through automation to commercialization, but solutions are usually right around […]

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Lean Part 8: Visual Systems

Sometimes, the fastest and most effective way to communicate information is by using visual signals. In Lean production practices, visual control, or visual systems, is a technique that employs this very principle, designed to allow quick recognition of information being communicated to increase clarity and efficiency. The theory behind the technique is that if something […]

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HVTDC Congratulates Lamothermic Precision Casting Corp

The Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC) congratulates Lamothermic Precision Casting Corporation for successfully completing their Value Stream Mapping and applying new techniques to grow and improve their business. The Brewster, NY manufacturer, having embraced Lean for several years, looked to bolster operations last summer with the goal of identifying opportunities for improvement, eliminating areas […]

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Value Stream Mapping: More Than Meets the Eye (Lean Part 7)

When you think of Value Stream Mapping (VSM), you probably associate it strictly with manufacturing. However, identification and elimination of waste can be applied to nearly any process within a facility and any department within a business. VSM is a powerful technique used to evaluate specific aspects of an organization’s “current state” that might not […]

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6 Crucial Steps to A Successful Sales Process for Manufacturers

By Chuck Kitchen, Business Betterments Last month, we touched on the sales discipline and how it pertains to the Lean principles of value stream mapping and 5S.  This month, we want to begin talking about sales process (yes, process) and some of its benefits to both internal and external customers. Before we do, we encourage […]

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