Lean is a business system for organizing and managing operations, suppliers and customer relations. Manufacturers and other organizations use Lean principles, practices and tools to create customer value -goods and services with higher quality and fewer defects – with less human effort, less space, less capital and in less time than the traditional system of batch and queue/mass production.

Lean enables organizations to grow profitably by becoming customer focused, employee focused, value-based and resource efficient – essential in today’s global economy.

NEPIRC’s Lean Consultants will help you:

  • Use the Value Stream Mapping process to map the flow of information and materials to help teams make immediate improvements in quality, delivery and work-flow;
  • Use the tools of Lean, including standard work, 6S, cellular design, take time, total productive maintenance, point-of-use storage and visual controls, to create flow in your manufacturing operations, meeting customer demands on-time, every time; and
  • Develop a team based culture of continuous improvement across the organization ensuring long-term sustainability.

Lean Strategic Alignment
The evaluation of corporate strategic initiatives and the alignment of those initiatives to achieve significant performance improvements by leveraging operational excellence.

Lean Manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing is the application of principles and tools to optimize your manufacturing operations and meet the demand of your customers while increasing your profitability. Non-value added or wasteful practices can lead to overproduction, excess inventory, defects, underutilized people, excess processing, motion and transportation. Lean Manufacturing’s benefits include the reduction/elimination of waste, fewer defects, shorter lead times, increased manufacturing capacity, lower production costs, inventory reduction, increased on-time delivery and improved customer satisfaction.

Lean Office
The same Lean principles and tools utilized in manufacturing operations can be applied to your office and administrative areas to reduce waste and eliminate non-value added activities like correction and rework, excess processing and paperwork, redundancies, waiting and searching. When you apply Lean principles and tools to your office and administrative processes, the results are better quality outcomes and processes that are efficient and responsive to your customer’s needs which helps protect your profits and keep you competitive.

Training Within Industry (TWI)
Training Within Industry (TWI) is a set of learning disciplines and problem solving tools that enable people doing work to effectively create, improve, train and sustain standard work, while increasing productivity through problem-solving. You can use TWI methodology to teach people to:

  • quickly learn to do a job,
  • identify and remove waste,
  • resolve personnel problems successfully, or to
  • institute general problem-solving

TWI creates a productive workplace environment where people are treated as individuals yet work together as a team, where all operators perform jobs the standard way, and where problem solving is embedded in the work. More…

Northeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Process Excellence and Innovation
The purpose of the Consortium is to provide a regional platform for organizations to share best practices and innovative approaches to address common challenges.