Building Scientific Thinking Habits by Practicing Kata

by Mike Rother, Engineer, Researcher, Teacher, and Author Lean training seemed fairly straightforward in the 1990s, as it focused on tools and general concepts. But deeper study of Toyota showed us that its visible tools and practices are built on…

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing – Production Has Begun

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing is a student video contest among 7th/8th graders in Erie County. Twelve middle school teams are paired with a sponsoring manufacturer to be featured in their video– showcasing cool manufacturing jobs and career opportunities in …

From Service to Sales

by Lisa Pustelak, Employee Development Specialist, LEDGE Enterprises There are an abundance of customer service representatives that have to meet certain sales metrics in order to retain their position in today’s ever changing and competitive marketplace. Some people can naturally…

A Kata Introduction: Football Analogy

by Bob Zaruta, President/CEO, NWIRC During an event on December 7th in Erie, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about kata with insights from Mike Rother, engineer, researcher and author of several books including Toyota Kata, and experience the…

Lean Together™ Kicks Off in St Marys

The objective of the Lean Together™ Program is to help manufacturers create, develop, and sustain a culture of lean continuous improvement through a collaborative learning platform consisting of peer to peer assistance, professionally facilitated classroom training sessions, and onsite coaching…

Evolution of Energy Demand Response

Michael Senff, President, Advantage Energy Partners Over the last 10 years, Demand Response (DR) participation has increased and continues to provide electricity consumers with an opportunity to leverage their consumption behaviors/patterns to optimize their energy costs. During this time, the…