Productivity Tools Workshop: Four Ways to Make Waste Visible and Improve Productivity

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Start Date

March 12, 2024 09:00 am

End Date

March 12, 2024 01:00 pm


315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, 02908, RI


Polaris MEP



Feeling understaffed? Trying to increase production speed to make up for supply chain delays, or to become more competitive? Need to decrease waste but you’re not sure where to start? All of these conditions can lead to a stressed staff and higher turnover unless the mindset and tools of Continuous Improvement are applied.


In this interactive workshop, manufacturing expert Ted Kennedy shares four tools that can make waste visible, improve production capacity and increase quality – all without adding team members and stress.


  • Quick Changeover – Set Up Reduction Training
    Reducing the time it takes for setups allows for more frequent changeovers and increases production flexibility. Smaller lot sizes, less scrap, shortened lead times and happier customers are frequent outcomes of Quick Changeover (aka SMED) training.

  • Value Stream Mapping
    Why is this tool to identify and remove / reduce “waste” in value streams so beloved? Don’t take our word for it. Lost Art Cultured Foods found time and improved quality. Downeast Coffee Roasters created a future map that guided their team to $1,500,000 in direct cost savings. Tanury Industries was better able to meet schedules and increased sales by 35%.
  • Process Flow Mapping

    This type of map visually describes flow of work from customer order to generating and shipping work. With it you can identify redundancies and irrelevant processing steps that can be removed

  • Spaghetti Diagramming
    Extra steps are great for your Fitbit, not your production process … This tool helps teams see how parts and people “travel” through the shop. As National Marker Company’s Brandon Castaneda says, walking hundreds of feet and doubling back “adds up, and time is definitely money.”


  • Production managers, Operations leads, plant managers, general managers
  • Internal Lean Champions
  • RI Manufacturing company presidents/founders/owners


Polaris MEP Project Manager Ted Kennedy has 35 years of experience within Operations and Engineering in the metalworking, toy manufacturing, and automotive manufacturing industries. He is a Lean leader with expertise in streamlining manufacturing, warehouse/distribution, retail packaging, and office processes.
Among other achievements, Ted created plant layouts for new 30,000 Sq. Ft. and 120,000 Sq. Ft. buildings and modified building layouts on three other facilities consolidating manufacturing and warehouse space by 30% to 40% using Lean tools. He also helped design a bar code system for use in manufacturing and shipping which was in use for over 15 years. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt.


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