Altman Lighting Applies Lean 6S Principles to Factory Floor

Altman Lighting

  RESULTS: 2,600 square feet freed up for future product line manufacturing 750 square feet freed up for low usage tool and die-set storage Improved cycle times and unit completion dates Reduced product defects and search times   WHO: Founded in 1953 by Charles Altman, Altman lighting is now run by second generation, Robert Altman. […]

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Spectral Systems Applies DMAIC Strategy to Improve Processes

RESULTS: Retained Sales of $250,000/year Previously at risk of losing a good customer if improvements were not made quickly – likely sales will increase as a result. On Time Delivery Between March 2017 and August 2017, from 50% to 100% Decrease Internal Rejection Rate Before coating, from 4-week average of 16 per week, to 3 […]

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Sono-Tek Corporation Embraces Lean Initiatives with the Help of MTEC

Sono-Tek Ultrasonic Spray Nozzle

  RESULTS Increase Sales by $100,000 Due to decreases in lead times, customers realized they could get products same day. Retained Sales of $200,000 Result of increased efficiency and decreased lead times, they were not losing customers to competition. Achieved a narrower focus for manufacturing and sales teams in terms of what products to push. […]

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Importance of Hiring the Right Employees


Recruiting for Manufacturers   Hiring the right employees is central to the success of a business. Finding the right people to hire in manufacturing has become an increasing concern for many. The “growing skills gap” and “closing the gap”, you’ve all heard of it, and you’ve all probably experienced it for yourself. It feels impossible […]

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Supply Chain – Explained

supply chain

What is a Supply Chain?   Supply chains consist of all the steps involved in getting a product from a raw material into the hands of the customer. Typically, the supply chain begins with the vendors or suppliers. These are the businesses that provide raw materials. Next in the supply chain is manufacturing. This is […]

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Material Handling Principles

Handling box on convayer belt

Material Handling Principles – 10 Steps to Create Effective Working Conditions   Material Handling is any process that involves moving, controlling, protecting, or storing materials throughout the manufacturing process. Material handling is a significant part of lean manufacturing because it is a non-value added activity. Non-value added activities are considered major wastes and should be […]

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POUS (Point of Use Storage)

POUS increase efficiency and quality

POUS – What is it and Why is it Important?   Point  of Use Storage (POUS),  also referred to as Point of Use Inventory, identifies what you need, how much you need, and where you need it. POUS is part of the Set-In Order Stage of 5S. Implementing Point of Use Storage means the materials […]

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MTEC Supply Chain Event Brings Business to Local Businesses

On Wednesday May 24th, MTEC hosted a Supply Chain Partners event at their facility in Highland, New York. Suppliers from across industries attended offering services such as 3D printing, printed circuit board manufacturing, engineering consulting, injection molding, as well as funding opportunities. The event created an opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to make connections and […]

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Sustain Step of 5S Makes the Process Second Nature

5S helps companies to maximize efficiency within the workplace. Over the past few months, we have been detailing and highlighting the process and we have come to the last step – sustain. The sustain step ensures that the 5S steps taken up to this point are sustained in the long term. Essentially, it is the […]

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