Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Manufacturing
Extension Partnership (MEP): NIST MEP consists of
74 extension centers nationwide charged with the mission
to assist small to medium sized manufacturers to improve
business performance and strengthen their competitiveness.
Partially funded at the federal and state levels, MEP
centers offer a wide variety of resources and support
to manufacturers. For more information on the federal
program, visit the NIST
MEP website at www.mep.nist.gov/.
Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC): IMEC is part
of a national network of manufacturing extension centers
providing affordable solutions to the challenges faced
by small and mid-sized manufacturers. Their experienced
staff of manufacturing professionals delivers hands-on
assistance, decision support and information to help manufacturers
improve performance in every area of their operations
- from engineering and technology to business management.
IMEC is a non-profit corporation with thirteen field offices
and over 30 manufacturing professionals dedicated to improving
the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small
and mid-sized manufacturers. Take a closer look at IMEC
by visiting their website at www.imec1.org.
Enterprise Institute (LEI): the not-for-profit organization
of the authors of "Lean Thinking", James P.
Womack and Daniel T. Jones. LEI offers various publications
and workshop on the subject of Lean Thinking. LEI is the
publisher of "Learning to See", by Michael Rother
and John Shook. "Learning to See" describes
the use of Value Stream Mapping - the necessary first
step to every transformation to a lean enterprise. LEI
has recently released, "Creating Continuous Flow",
by Michael Rother and Rick Harris. For more information
visit the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) website at www.lean.org.
Inc.: Productivity Inc. traces its roots to the Toyota
Production System. Many of their consultants and authors
trained with Shigeo Shingo and other Japanese manufacturing
innovators. They offer a complete curriculum for lean
transformation agents with their books, videos, public
workshops, national conferences, in-house training and
consulting. Although their lean process addresses a complete
developmental program, Productivity focuses on three main
subjects including lean production and equipment management,
lean supply chain management and e-commerce, and lean
engineering/product development. For additional details
check out their website at www.productivityinc.com.
for Manufacturing Excellence: AME consists of leaders
of some of the finest companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Its mission is to produce manufacturing excellence through
integration of performance improvement techniques. Since
1986, AME has been at the forefront of innovation in the
manufacturing sector. AME believes in information sharing
and promotes networking among its members, which is accomplished
through plant tours, participation in on-site application
workshops (e.g. Kaizen events), publications, and its
annual conference. For more information visit the AME
website at www.ame.org.
Management Associates: Drew A Locher is the Managing
Director for Change Management Associates. CMA provides
various Business Improvement Consulting and Organizational
Development services to industrial and service organizations.
CMA has partnered with the National Institute of Standards
and Technologies', Manufacturing Extension Partnership,
to develop a "Lean University". The "Lean
University" will provide the educational foundation
for the entire MEP system consisting of 78 centers throughout
the U.S. Most recently, CMA has proudly become a faculty
member of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), the not-for-profit
organization of the authors of the landmark book "Lean
Thinking", James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. For
more information visit the CMA website at www.cma4results.com.
5S Supply: was born from the idea that there had to be an easier way to gather the necessary supplies for a successful 5S event in a timely fashion, with no hassle.
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