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The Pragmatic (and Effective!) Approach to Lean

By Angela Nissen | March 11, 2021

You’ve had a horrible experience with lean before, even after being told it’s supposed to make your life easier. These…

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In-House Manufacturing Analysis Saves Food Company Millions

By Matthew Inniger | January 21, 2021

“As a small manufacturer, we were faced with a challenge. We were launching an innovative new product and debating about…

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Achieving DFARS/NIST Compliance

By Angela Nissen | December 9, 2020

This CIFT success story was originally published by NIST. Founded in Findlay, Ohio in 1979, MLS Systems is a manufacturer…


Lean Benefit #3: Safety

By Angela Nissen | November 25, 2020

In this lean blog series so far, we’ve identified and discussed two benefits of implementing lean into your manufacturing production:…

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Staying Competitive Through Product Development

By Derrick Coleman | November 11, 2020

What is Product Development? Many companies may treat product development as if it is similar to manufacturing, however the two…

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Manufacturing Month – Celebrating Manufacturing in Ohio

By Elizabeth Murawski | October 28, 2020

Manufacturing Month has “formally” ended, but the conclusion of the month does not mean the fun ends! Ohio is a…

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Lean Benefit #2: Organization/Cleanliness

By Angela Nissen | September 29, 2020

Lean manufacturing is getting your production to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. In order to do so, it…


Lean Benefit #1: Eliminating Wastes

By Angela Nissen | September 29, 2020

The heart of lean is eliminating wastes in all aspects of manufacturing. In lean, waste is defined as anything that…

3 Benefits of Implementing Lean into Your Manufacturing Production: A Blog Series

By Angela Nissen | September 22, 2020

When you look up the definition of lean manufacturing, you’ll get a lot of results, but in summary the focus…