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"Once the ideas were brought to the attention of the employees, it happened very quickly. They removed obsolete parts and equipment and made space for their redesigned flow lines. Employees redesigned the assembly process into a cellular flow system for one product line. The Flow Line pilot test conducted on the first product line showed a 64 percent reduction in manufacturing time, a 49 percent decrease in work in process (WIP), and a 33 percent decrease in product travel distance. Most of the decrease in WIP was focused around the product inspection/test area that was formerly the bottleneck."

— Betty Anderson, Operations Facility Manager ABB’s Carson

"With Nevada Industry Excellence’s assistance we were able to reduce our manufacturing costs by over 27%. Our customers have been very pleased to see our implementation of Lean, especially 5S, visual workplace and standardized work procedures."

— John Collier, Plant Manager, Herb Trade

"We use Nevada Industry Excellence’s local resources to supplement our management team here at Dura-Bond. Customized training is just one of the benefits realized - not to mention the savings in time and money."

— Chuck Barnett, President Dura-Bond Bearing Company

Lean Solutions

Lean is a business system for organizing and managing operations, suppliers and customer relations. Manufacturers and other organizations use Lean principles, practices and tools to create customer value - goods and services with higher quality and fewer defects - with less human effort, less space, less capital and in less time than the traditional system of batch and queue/mass production. 

Workshop information

Worksheet tools from December 13, 2013 Product Development webinar:
Market Brief Blank Workbook
Market Brief Completed Example


Gary Conner's Product Development webinar video


Worksheet tools from November 8, 2013 VSM webinar:
Wood Shop VSM Common Deiniminator
Multi-Value Stream Map Example
Wood Shop VSM example

Gary Conner's Value Stream Mapping webinar video


Worksheet tools from October 11, 2013 webinar on Set-up Reduction:
SMED Example
SMED Blank

Gary Conner's Set-Up Reduction webinar video



Gary Conner's 5S for Everybody webinar video



Webinar Slides "Lean as a Growth Strategy" August 19, 2013

Lean Systems

Lean Manufacturing is the application of principles and tools to optimize your manufacturing operations and meet the demand of your customers while increasing your profitability. Non-value added or wasteful practices can lead to overproduction, excess inventory, defects, underutilized people, excess processing, motion and transportation.
Lean Manufacturing's benefits include the reduction/elimination of waste, fewer defects, shorter lead times, increased manufacturing capacity, lower production costs, inventory reduction, increased on-time delivery and improved customer satisfaction.

Lean Office

The same Lean principles and tools utilized in manufacturing operations can be applied in the office or administrative processes. Office wastes can manifest in excess paperwork, redundant approvals, inefficient work area design/layout, incomplete or inaccurate information and complex tracking systems.
Accurate estimating, efficient order handling and responsive customer service help to protect your profits, maintain your reputation and keep you competitive.

Lean Distribution

Lean Distribution is specifically targeted for those in the warehousing and distribution industries who desire to improve efficiencies in their warehouse and distribution operations using the Lean methodology of waste elimination.


The Five S program focuses on having visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization. The results you can expect from a Five S program are: improved profitability, efficiency, service and safety. The principles underlying a Five S program at first appear to be simple, obvious common sense. And they are. But until the advent of Five S programs many businesses ignored these basic principles. The benefits from implementing 5S include improved Safety (preventing accidents), increased Productivity (eliminating wastes), higher Quality (preventing errors), and more machine uptime (reduction in breakdowns).

Total Productive Maintenance

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a maintenance program which involves a newly defined concept for maintaining plants and equipment. The goal of the TPM program is to markedly increase production while, at the same time, increasing employee morale and job satisfaction.
TPM brings maintenance into focus as a necessary and vitally important part of the business. It is no longer regarded as a non-profit activity. Downtime for maintenance is scheduled as a part of the manufacturing day and, in some cases, as an integral part of the manufacturing process. The goal is to hold emergency and unscheduled maintenance to a minimum.
Typical manufacturing operations have experienced improvements in the following areas in a relatively short period of time (6-12 months) through the implementation of TPM:

  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (capacity) improvement of 25-65%
  • Quality improvement of 25-50%
  • Maintenance expenditure reductions of 10-50%
  • Percent planned vs. unplanned maintenance increase of 10-60%