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Two New Employment Law Services for RI’s Smaller Manufacturers

Two New Employment Law Services for RI’s Smaller Manufacturers

Polaris MEP Programs Manager Kayla Viveiros interviewed Foley & Foley, experts in employment law, to discuss how human resources has become more and more about preventing litigation. Foley & Foley's Wendy Hansen talks about which changes RI manufacturers...

WHAT and WHY of Setup Reduction / Quick Changeover / SMED

WHAT and WHY of Setup Reduction / Quick Changeover / SMED

What is SMED (aka Quick Changeover, aka Setup Reduction)? How does reducing the time it takes for setups allow for increased production flexibility, smaller lot sizes, less scrap, shortened lead times and happier customers? What training is available to enjoy these...

Introduction to Value Stream Mapping

Introduction to Value Stream Mapping

Why is Value Stream Mapping so beloved as a lean manufacturing tool to identify and remove / reduce “waste” in production? Ted Kennedy, Six Sigma Black Belt and Polaris MEP Manufacturing Advisor, says Value Stream Mapping has been proven to work for all sizes and...

Process Flow Mapping Info Session

Process Flow Mapping Info Session

Process Flow Mapping is a lean manufacturing tool that visually describes flow of work from customer order to generating and shipping work. With it, manufacturers in Rhode Island can identify redundancies and irrelevant processing steps that can be removed. If you're...

Spaghetti Diagrams Info Session

Spaghetti Diagrams Info Session

In this info session, Polaris MEP manufacturing advisor Ted Kennedy explains how Spaghetti Diagrams, a Lean Manufacturing tool, can yield ROI for smaller companies. Extra steps are great for your Fitbit, not your production process … This tool helps teams see how...

2022 Textile Sustainability Forum Presentations

2022 Textile Sustainability Forum Presentations

Textile Sustainability Forum presented by RITIN, URI & Polaris MEP The following are video recordings of presentations from a unique half-day forum held on September 19, 2022 at the University of Rhode Island. The purpose of this informative, action-oriented event...

Lean Office Info Session

Lean Office Info Session

Join Project Manager Nathan Bonds to learn about the benefits of Lean Office. Many manufacturers are familiar with Lean Manufacturing: a production method aimed at reducing times within the production system as well as response times from suppliers and to customers....