Purdue MEP provided on-site Lean manufacturing training for CTE Solutions, including value stream mapping, 5S/visual workplace, quick changeover, and cellular manufacturing. The company also selected staff to participate in Six Sigma certification and utilized Purdue MEP experts for Lean consulting. Deven Berger, the Continuous Improvement manager for CTE Solutions, noted that the best part about implementing a Lean mentality was the reaction from all the employees.
"When Purdue MEP first came in and explained what Lean manufacturing was and used the Lean airplane simulation to demonstrate how Lean manufacturing could change things, we all were stunned and very excited,” Berger said. The company applied Lean strategies to reduce Work-In-Process (WIP) inventory while increasing on-time delivery and total production capacity. CTE Solutions experienced a 19 percent increase in growth over the previous year, and Berger is excited for what the future holds. He is taking several public Purdue MEP courses to bring new skills to CTE Solutions and continue to help with different projects.
"We have improved in so many different areas, it has become hard to keep up,” said Berger. "The improvements made have created a much more relaxed environment with tons of smiles.” CTE Solutions plans to build a new facility to meet the additional growth.