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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...

#MFGDay2022 – Manufacturing Day Student Experience

#MFGDay2022 – Manufacturing Day Student Experience

In October of 2022, more than 300 Rhode Island schoolkids attended a student experience hosted by Polaris MEP which connected manufacturing employers with learners from around the state.  "Before I came here today, I thought that manufacturing was basically just a...

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....

Lean Tip – Using the 4 M’s to Start Standardizing!

Lean Tip – Using the 4 M’s to Start Standardizing!

In this Lean Tip video, Project Manager Nathan Bonds highlights how standardization can help your company be more predictable and productive. He’ll even show you how standardization is already improving your life, without you even knowing it! If you would like to...

3D Scanning – 2 Smart Industrial Applications

3D Scanning – 2 Smart Industrial Applications

By integrating 3D scanning into your quality reporting/measurement or taking advantage of the technology to reverse engineer a part, you can speed up your workflow, improve quality and improve customer satisfaction. 3D scanning technology offers very real benefits to...