Big Data Helps Pennsylvania Prisons Assign Prisoners

A project was conducted with Industrial and Systems Engineers at Lehigh University and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. They were tasked with assigning inmates to various prison facilities. Professor Tamás Terlaky and two of his former students, Dr. Mohammad Shahabsafa and Anshul Sharma, talk with Michael Hughes about how considering all inmate needs upfront reduces […]

Employee Engagement Systems to Drive Improvement – Build Reuse Conference

Brion Hurley gave a presentation on how to improve employee engagement through structured management systems from Lean. The talk was given at the Deconstruction and Reuse Conference (hosted by Build Reuse) in Pittsburgh, PA. He shared experiences working with reuse nonprofit organizations like ReStore and The Rebuilding Center. He gave recommendations to organizations on how […]

Using Data to Curb Supplier Defects at Skills of Central Pennsylvania

Skills of Central Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that provides vocational, rehabilitative, and social opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Skills Industrial Centers workforce primarily staffs for manufacturing companies, and is known for their high-quality work, low turnover rates, and willingness to go above and beyond employer expectations with their service. When the Skills industrial […]

City of Pittsburgh Presents Results of Lean Six Sigma Projects

Four projects across 3 departments within the City of Pittsburgh kicked off process improvement projects, and were presented in this video: City Parks – Improve software usage of center programming Public Works – Reducing city garbage collection labor hours/can/month by 33% to redeploy resources Innovation and Performance – Reduce help desk ticket completion times, and […]

Lean Approach for Reducing Bedside Waste at Hershey Medical Center

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) leadership team and clinical nurses at the Penn State Hershey (PA) Medical Center sought to reduce system waste by redesigning the unit’s acquisition, distribution, and storage of supplies. After discussions, they implemented the following methods: Developed an interprofessional supply and distribution process to decrease supply waste. Reviewed supplies available […]

5S Yields Unexpected Benefits at Global Links

The staff at Global Links took an honest look at the medical device storage room after they’d completed their first learning sessions about Lean. They thought that the Lean technique of 5S could help them sort things out and make things run more efficiently. Since that first 5S, Global Links found another warehouse space that fit their […]