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Niagara Transformer Corp.

Changing a Culture with Lean Efficiency

Niagara Transformer of Buffalo, NY, manufactures transformers for industry, power generation and transmission, and science and research applications. The growth of large, custom-designed transformer sales presented a production challenge for a space-constrained facility with no expansion options. TCIE launched a comprehensive Lean training program aimed at utilizing existing space more efficiently.

Solutions:

  • Administered Lean overview training, including an introduction to tools, and a simulation exercise for all employees
  • A team of 20 employees implemented 5S organizational principles and pull systems in virtually every plant area to reduce clutter and optimize the location of inventory and material supplies
  • Engaged employees across all levels to embrace a problem-solving mentality