Client Success in Process Management: CIM TECH Plastics

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 18, 2017 3:46:02 PM

CIM TECH Plastics is a precision customer injection molder with extensive experience with production of small to medium sized precision components utilizing engineering and commercial grade thermoplastic materials. As a division of Tramec Plastics & Composites, CIM TECH leveraged an internal and external network of expertise to achieve their recent ISO registration success.

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Process Maps: Building block basics for your business

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 22, 2017 1:39:33 PM

Written by Gretchen Clifton, IMEC Technical Specialist

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard places more emphasis on understanding our processes; how they impact our business from an individual process standpoint as well as how they integrate with other processes. The key to success is creating processes that are efficient and effective, integrate well with others for a cohesive flow from start to finish, and ultimately, provide the results we need.

Many companies have a high level process map that fulfills the requirements of ISO or TS, or perhaps as an outcome of a value stream mapping activity. They created it, but has it really been used for anything?

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Are your Accounting Practices Value-Added?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Aug 23, 2016 12:00:31 PM

An example of how an accounting approach may hinder continuous improvement efforts

The Accounting concept of Standard Costing was developed in the 1920’s, and its application has remained fairly constant.  Manufacturing was noted for minimal product variation (“You can buy a Model T in any color, as long as it’s black”) and long production runs creating lots of inventory whose financial value had to be estimated. Lean principles have changed the manufacturing world significantly, with shorter set-up times and significantly less inventory.  Meanwhile, Accounting still spends time analyzing and understanding labor, material and overhead variances; often generating thousands of related transactions and accrual entries.  In the Lean world, these are Non Value-Added activities; the customer is not willing to pay more for our cost variance analysis excellence.

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Manufacturing Tour of the Industry Kicks Off at Novation Industries

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 20, 2015 4:11:50 PM

After this month’s kickoff of The Genesis Movement, a new approach to strengthen the region's manufacturing firms and expand employment, earnings, and career opportunities for frontline workers, we would like to feature the first installment of the ‘Manufacturing Tour of the Industry’ Series: Novation Industries.

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United Group, Inc achieves ISO 9001:2008 registration

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 5, 2015 12:03:17 PM

IMEC is happy to announce United Group, Inc. has successfully implemented a quality management system and become certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.  Achieving ISO 9001:2008 registration is an important milestone for United Group as it illustrates a strong commitment to quality at all levels of the organization including the commitment to their customers, and truly, all stakeholders. It is an on-going effort that demonstrates the dedication of all members of the team.

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Lean Six Sigma Specialist Brings Experience to IMEC Clients

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on May 19, 2014 9:10:38 AM

Welcome the newest member of the IMEC team, Lean Six Sigma Specialist serving northeast Illinois...

John Cosentino, a Technical Specialist with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, has 26 years of manufacturing experience as a Project/Program Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President of Operations, and Continuous Improvement Manager.  A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Champion, John has also completed course work in Lean Tools and Methodology, Lean Accounting, and is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach.

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