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The Center for Industrial Effectiveness | University at Buffalo | January 2019
Revolutionizing operations with Lean
After spending a few years digging out of financial distress, Joe McNamara is turning attention to plant operations at Ttarp Co., the small manufacturing company he purchased in 2013. His strategic plan for growth relies upon a key stimulant: the Lean methodology of eradicating waste. The journey began with Planning/Purchase Manager Michele Agustin enrolling in TCIE’s Certified Lean Professional training. Her improvement project is saving an estimated $14,000 annually and increasing capacity. | Read more
From left, Ttarp Co. Owner and President Joe McNamara and Planning/Purchase Manager Michele Agustin.
We’re growing!
Jennifer Flagg is TCIE’s newest staff member. As project director, she manages various projects, concentrating in massive open online courses (MOOCs) by leading efforts to design, develop and produce digital curriculum. Other duties include grant writing and management. | Read more
Supporting the clean energy workforce
The kick-off to the Western New York Clean Energy Workforce Development Program asked participants to define the clean energy sector.
We are leading an initiative, with Alfred State College, to support growth of the renewable energy sector by building collaborations and expanding educational opportunities. The aim of the Western New York Clean Energy Workforce Development Program is to close critical workforce gaps in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. | Read more
A varied path to OpEx
Exposing process inefficiencies and conceiving the solutions that destroy them is a key part of the game plan at Keller Technology Corporation (KTC). The result is a multi-faceted approach – including ISO, Lean and engineering student assistance – for boosting precision fabrication, product development, design and building of custom industrial automation systems. | Read more
Ben Bolyard, senior project manager at KTC, performs functional acceptance testing on KTC’s 26th Undulator Build for a Department of Energy project.
A data tool for HR
Silvia Lewis, a quality inspector at LORD Corporation, was offered a position after meeting the company’s minimum ACT® WorkKeys® assessment requirements.
LORD Corporation utilizes ACT® WorkKeys® assessments as an extra screening in the hiring process for production roles. The assessments identify whether a candidate possesses a minimum skill level that can’t be measured through an interview. | Read more
A year in review
When reflecting on the 2017-18 fiscal year, the word “collaboration” emerges as the dominant undercurrent. The year was marked by an increase in alliance-driven work to broaden and deepen our role of preparing professionals for industry needs. Read about our year of activity in our Annual Report. | Read more
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