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Lean and Continuous Improvement

Lean and continuous improvement services will help you increase profit and reduce operating costs by leveraging the full capacity of all your resources.

In today's ever-changing global economy, companies are faced with fierce competition, and have to continually find ways to remain competitive in their marketplace. The question is how does one improve product and customer value, while reducing cost?

Lean manufacturing is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste, or non-value-added activities, through continuous improvement. We will assess your existing operation to understand how you are currently getting things done. We will then work with you to identify a baseline, and where lean initiatives can have an impact, providing a solid list of objectives to start the process.

Through implementation, we will also train your team so they understand the importance of these improvements, and the impact they will have. This begins a cultural shift to change the way everyone from the CEO to the front line operators think about day to day activities. This change will lead to continually developing new improvement ideas and bettering existing systems across the entire organization.

Whether it's the production line, plant floor, or front office, we will develop a customized solution aimed at keeping you competitive and getting the most out of your resources.

  • Lean Assessment
  • Introduction to Lean
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • 5S Training
  • Job Training Instruction
  • Quick Changeover
  • Work Instructions
  • Cellular Manufacturing
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • Time Study

To learn more contact:
David Carrick
412.327.9119
david.carrick@mail.wvu.edu

ISO/Quality Management Tools

Industrial extension quality management systems will help you to maintain consistency in the design, development, and delivery of your products and services across the entire company.

Are you experiencing issues with the quality of your products? Do you have a customer that requires a specific quality management system before they will do business with you? Do you want to implement a quality system to help attract new business? No matter what drives your quality interest, we can help get you there.

We offer assistance with a variety of different quality management systems including ISO 9001, API, HACCP, and customer-developed quality systems. We have a wide variety of experience in implementing across several different industries. We can provide assistance in any capacity ranging from a resource to help guide your efforts up to and including management of your entire quality system.

We understand the development and implementation of a quality system can be an overwhelming task. That is why we offer a step-by-step approach to implementing an effective, compliant quality management system customized to your specific operation. Each step of the process is provided as a separate project, allowing clients to proceed at their own pace, as time and business conditions allow.

  • Gap Analysis
  • Management Overview Training
  • Employee Overview Training
  • Internal Auditor Training
  • System Development/Documentation Development
  • System Maintenance/Retainers
  • Internal Audits

To learn more contact:
Gerald Biser
304.290.8425
gerald.biser@mail.wvu.edu

Occupational Safety and Health

Industrial extension has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to assist you with all of your occupational safety and health (OSHA) health and safety service needs.

Safety is undoubtedly a priority for every company. But how do you know what to do? How do you know what regulations have changed? Have employees come to you with a safety issue that you don't know how to handle? What is and is not acceptable by OSHA? Do you want a confidential opinion from an independent third party?

As an employer, you are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for your workers. However, all too often companies do not have a full-time safety manager; therefore, the "safety function" does not always "function" as planned.

Industrial extension can help you to assure the safety and health of your workforce by working side-by-side with you to implement or enhance your current safety program. Working in any capacity you require from a safety resource for questions, to a confidential, trusted, safety advisor, our team will provide you with all the assistance you need to make sure your employees have a healthy and safe working environment.

  • Initial Health and Safety Consultation
  • Mock OSHA Inspection
  • OSHA Preparedness and Response
  • Comprehensive Health and Safety Training
  • American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR, First Aid, and AED Training
  • OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour General Industry Training
  • Live Fire-Portable Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Recordkeeping Audits
  • Customized Written Safety Program

To learn more contact:
John A. Frazer, Ph.D., CSP
304.303.3110
john.frazer@mail.wvu.edu

Industrial Hygiene Services

Industrial extension has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to assist you with all of your industrial hygiene needs.

Safety is undoubtedly a priority for every company. But how do you know what to do? Do you know what industrial hygiene really means? How do you know what regulations have changed? Have employees come to you with a safety issue that you don't know how to handle? What is and is not acceptable by OSHA? Do you want a confidential opinion from an independent third party?

Industrial hygiene programs are aimed at anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and preventing potential ailments that are commonly found in manufacturing environments. Often these ailments lead to injury, prolonged health issues, sickness, and affect the general well-being of workers.

Industrial extension can help you to assure the safety and health of your workforce by working side-by-side with you to implement or enhance your current industrial hygiene program. Working in any capacity you require from a safety resource for questions, to a confidential, trusted, safety advisor, our team will provide you with all the assistance you need to make sure your employees have a healthy and safe working environment.

  • Air Sampling Evaluation and Control
  • Noise Exposure Evaluation and Control
  • Earplug Fit Testing and Selection
  • Hazard Evaluation and Control
  • Ergonomic Evaluation Study
  • Respirator Fit Testing and Training
  • Personal Protective Equipment Assessment

To learn more contact:
John A. Frazer, Ph.D., CSP
304.303.3110
john.frazer@mail.wvu.edu

Six Sigma

Are you looking for process improvements beyond what you have been able to achieve with lean and continuous improvement initiatives? Have you been successful in reducing waste and streamlining your operation but are still experiencing too much variation in your processes and products? The data driven approach of Six Sigma may be able to take your operation to the next level. Using the proven DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology, our experienced consultants will assess your operation to see if you would benefit from Six Sigma and then work with you to develop a list of achievable objectives.

The WVU Industrial Extension team can guide you through the selection and implementation of individual projects or provide in-house training. A typical Six Sigma class will include classroom lectures with group exercises as well as engage participants in small group projects to gain “hands-on” experience by examining improvement opportunities at their workplace.

With extensive experience in improving manufacturing operations, the WVU Industrial Extension team can help you identify opportunities to improve quality performance and productivity using many of the latest tools. With an approach customized to your operation, we can assist in implementing successive phases of continuous improvement projects for process optimization.

The WVU Industrial Extension Service, as a program of the Mining and Industrial Extension Department within the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, brings a cost effective alternative backed by professional resources and the commitment of WVU, the State’s flagship land grant university.

To learn more contact:
Dee Hayes
304.376.3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu