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Improves Production Flow with Value Stream Mapping project

LEDdynamics, a custom engineering company located in Randolph, VT, specializes in the design and integration of LED technology for end-user and OEM applications. Their breakthrough EverLED-TR fluorescent tube replacement has earned Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” and EC&M’s “Product of the Year” awards. Recently, the company called in VMEC to assist with a customer […]

A Valuable Partnership with CoreValue

For fifty plus years, North Hartland Tool Corporation (NHTC) has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of precision fixtures, gages and machining, and micro-hole drilling, primarily for the aerospace, electronics, and automotive industries. The Vermont-based company has about 100 employees, in several states, as well as China. When NHTC began using CoreValue, it […]

Superior Technical Ceramics

The 5S System allows Superior Technical Ceramics Corporation to improve customer satisfaction Superior Technical Ceramics (STC) Corporation located in Saint Albans, Vermont has been in business since 1898 and currently has 130 employees working within 100,000 square feet. The company is breaking new ground in the field of advanced ceramic materials that offer advantages such […]

Howard Center

HowardCenter Finds Success in Applying Value Stream Mapping to a segment of their Revenue Cycle Process HowardCenter is a non-profit organization that provides services to children with serious emotional and behavioral challenges, adults who need mental health and substance abuse treatment, and children and adults with developmental disabilities. Last year, HowardCenter served over 15,000 individuals […]

Developing Fuel Management Systems using Lean Product Development

Liquid Measurement Systems (LMS) began in 1989 with one big idea – replace the heavy metal tubes in fuel probes with graphite composite.  It was lighter, more durable and would not corrode. Manufacturing of these new probes began shortly thereafter with the understanding that everything was to be done with the highest attention to detail […]

DR Versa Trailer Result of Project Leader Passion and Fail Fast Fail Cheap Learning

The Project Leader is the energy source for new ideas in the Innovation Engineering Management System.   One of the traits of great project leaders is a Passion for the Project and the Innovation Process.  Innovation projects experience lots of ups and downs.  To maintain momentum, the Project Leader must have a personal, intrinsic passion for the […]

500 + Ideas Implemented! A Progress Report on Sustaining Lean with Employee Involvement at Autumn Harp

Customer Profile Autumn Harp is a specialized research and development and manufacturing partner in the cosmetics and skin care industry.  Located in Essex Junction, Vermont, Autumn Harp develops innovative cosmetic formulations (certified organic and natural), water-based technology and color cosmetics that are packed and labeled in a wide variety of containers. The company supplies products […]

Woodworking Solutions by Innovation Engineering

Company Profile Classic Designs/ by Matthew Burak/ offers furniture and architectural components to wood-workers on a just-in-time, semi-custom and custom basis that are hard-to-find or hard-to-make. Hundreds of different designs and eight standard wood species result in over 9,000 unique table legs, kitchen island legs, columns, bun feet, table base kits, corbels & architectural components. […]

Schoolhouse Naturals Rock Toy Industry

Company Profile Maple Landmark Woodcraft located in Middlebury, Vermont, is a manufacturer of small wood toys, games, and giftware. Started in 1979, the company sells wholesale to toy stores and gift shops, and also direct through its catalog and website. Many of the 37 employees include members of owner Mike Rainville’s extended family, which makes […]

G.S. Precision Takes on the Many Facets of Lean Implementation

G.S. Precision Inc. is a family owned business which was founded in Wilmington, VT in 1958 and moved to its current headquarters location in Brattleboro, VT in 1985.  G.S. Precision has grown to a total of three facilities in North America. With an eye toward becoming a leader in the precision machining field, the company […]