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Lean Product Development “Quickstart” 2 Day Workshop

 This workshop is designed to introduce executive managers, department heads and employees in marketing, engineering, finance and administration – to the benefits and methodologies of Lean Product Development. The six workshop segments include the five “events” of the ideal “Quickstart” lean product development process along with a segment devoted to management systems and methods that are the “glue” that holds the process together. Hands-on exercises by interdisciplinary client “teams” demonstrate the tools and the integrated product team approach inherent in LPD

Main Workshop Segments:

Overview and Workflow Management System Methods
Introduces a simplified project management workflow system and methods. These enable dramatic reductions in time-to-market while increasing development resource capacity. The objective of this section is to equip participants with lean product development management tools (such as visual boards and stand-up meetings); development principles; techniques; and best practices that can be deployed immediately to enable rapid, high-value project development.

Market Requirements Event Participants are shown how customer needs and/or requirements can be converted through systematic tools, into prioritized engineering specifications.  The primary inputs to the event are voice-of-the-customer data, market requirements brief, and competitive data; and the key outputs are a prioritized list of high-level engineering requirements, a market positioning statement and a set of action items to be executed during the concept design activity.

Planning/Risk Management Event
Participants are shown realistic project planning methods, including schedule, launch date, budget, and a resource plan, and how to perform proactive risk identification and mitigation for the project. Project prioritization strategies are also discussed. The key outputs of this event include the project budget and resource plan, the project milestone schedule, a prioritized list of risk issues, and action assignments for risk mitigation.

3P/Cost Reduction Event (Design 3P)
Participants are shown innovative cost reduction and quality enhancement tools to reduce product manufacturing cost and improve manufacturability and delivered quality – before significant project costs are incurred. Key outputs of this event include a preliminary manufacturing plan, prioritized lists of critical-to-quality and critical-to-cost improvements, capital plan, and action items to implement.

Design Review and Freeze Event
Participants are shown how this event reviews and finalizes specifications, timelines and costs, and generates prioritized lists of corrections, improvements and a master action list as outputs in preparation for production launch.

Production Readiness Review Event
Participants are shown how this event verifies and finalizes that all critical actions from the Master Action List have been completed, including qualification test data, final production launch plan, final layout for lines and cells, poke-yoke/fixturing/equipment, test/inspection, sourcing/supply chain, distribution/logistics, and sustaining support. 


For more information contact Zenagui Brahim at (603) 226-3200 or zenaguib@nhmep.org

15 April

Value Stream Mapping Information Session


This webinar provides an introduction to Value Stream Mapping (VSM). A VSM provides a way to visually see the entire enterprise in order to quickly identify wastes and performance bottlenecks. The methodology systematically takes your company from its current state of operations to a dramatically improved future state.
19 April

Root Cause Analysis & Corrective Action Training

Grappone Conference Center, Concord

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic process for identifying “root causes” of problems and an approach for responding to them. It is based on the idea that effective management requires more than “putting out fires” for problems that develop, but finding a way to prevent them. It helps pinpoint contributing factors to a problem.
20 April

Using AI Technology to Crosstrain & Upskill Employees


Stanley X, in partnership with DeepHow, will share their AI-powered solution to capture, train and transfer knowledge among skilled workers. This introductory workshop is part of the NERDIC Industry 4.0 Readiness Ecosystem program for small manufacturing enterprises in the defense supply chain.

About NH MEP

New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH  03301

Phone: 603-226-3200

The New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, political affiliation or belief. This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all educational and training programs and activities. It also encompasses the employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

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Manufacturers know that searching for domestic materials and products can at times be challenging and expensive. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it has only become increasingly difficult. As part of the CARES Act, NH MEP is offering a Supplier Scouting and Matching program to manufacturers to address supply chain disruption. This free service encourages a more competitive US supplier market and proactively finds business for manufacturers.

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The White House announced on January 25, 2021 a pending Executive Order (EO) called Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers (link at the bottom). According to the announcement, the EO establishes a substantial role for the MEP National Network in the new administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing. The EO establishes a priority at the highest levels to use federal purchasing power to support American manufacturers of all types and sizes, across the country.

The Rubber Group Integrates Production Process with Value Stream Mapping

Rochester – The Rubber Group is a customer focused custom injection, transfer, and compression molder of engineered mechanical rubber components like precision seals, vibration isolators, bellows and specialized over-molded components for a wide variety of industries. Last April, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they had workforce losses and a 20% reduction of sales revenue from the Oil, Gas and Aerospace industries who were experiencing product slow-downs from their own clients…

WS Dennison Cabinets Sees Host of Improvements since Implementing 5S Program

Pembroke, NH – WS Dennison Cabinets has been creating custom cabinets for residential and commercial industries throughout New Hampshire and New England since 1986. When COVID-19 hit last spring, like so many other manufacturers across the country, Dennison was affected and lost some of their workforce. Looking to make production improvements, the company attended an NHMEP workshop that introduces the basics of a 5S Program, a lean tool which improves organization in a production environment.

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