[share] Please make plans to join us on January 9, 2013 for the GREDF Annual Meeting and Jim Mentesti’s Retirement Celebration.
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December Developments Newsletter
[share] Click here to read the December edition of Developments, the quarterly print newsletter of the Great River Economic Development Foundation. This packed edition includes the following articles:
- Celebrating Jim Mentesti’s 27 Years at GREDF’s Helm
- 2013 Annual Meeting Preview
- AAIM Employers’ Association “90 Days to Success”
- Region Charters Course to Train Students for Advanced Manufacturing Careers
- Search for New GREDF President Progresses
- Blessing Hospital Breaks Ground for Patient Care Addition
- Competing in a Global Marketplace
- GREDF Focuses on Retention Visits
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IMEC Lean New Product Development Workshop
Lean New Product Development provides companies with “innovative” way to design and produce
Step-by-step methodology for integrating lean tools with product development
The ability to develop new proprietary products or quickly refine an existing portfolio can be the difference between market stagnation and capitalizing on new growth opportunities. Many companies have the in-house capabilities to develop and commercialize new products, but often need strategic guidance to reduce manufacturing steps, develop prototypes, and ensure that the effort pays back with profitable sales. Companies that utilize a structured approach to new product development have a 400% increased probability of success with new products, 25% increased probability of being first to market, and a 66% reduction in time to market.
Generating ideas and processes for new products can be a challenge caused by a sporadic or chaotic innovation process, or non-value added engineering activities, both of which result in a less-than-fluid process for creating fresh concepts or renewed designs. In an effort to help streamline facility activities and optimize product and idea generation, IMEC is introducing Lean New Product Development via an introductory workshop in Quincy, Illinois on December 18.
The “quick start” Lean Product Development workshops provide a step-by-step methodology for integrating the powerful waste eliminating tools of Lean Product Development into any product development process. And in the current economic climate, doing more with less is a mandate for virtually any firm, particularly with respect to new product introductions. The design methods and principles can help companies overcome challenges regarding time to market, portfolio management, design and development resources, and new product cost.
The workshops can expose a company to an ideal New Product Development Process that can be easily scaled to their size and need, while providing insight and tools to begin the journey to transform their product design and development activity into a low waste, high value, lean process.
During the introductory workshop, NIST-MEP Product Development expert, Ed Maier, will present companies with an overview of the service, exploring methods and tools that can help with your product development challenges. More details can be found on the enclosed marketing flyer. Manufacturers are encouraged to attend the December 18th introductory workshop and learn more. Registration is available online now by visiting www.imec.org/events.cfm or contact Amy Fitzgerald, IMEC Marketing Manager at 309-677-2977 for more information.
IMEC was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists. For more information, visit www.imec.org.