Operational Excellence

TechHelp’s Operational Excellence Team helps Idaho manufacturers improve profitability by producing more efficiently with less energy and environmental impact.

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  • The Connected Enterprise – with Tom O’Reilly of Rockwell Automation

    Tom O’Reilly, Vice President, Global Business Development at Rockwell Automation shared his thoughts on “The Connected Enterprise” during a talk at the Boise State University College of Business & Economics on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. One of my biggest takeaways from the event was how Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) are merging at the […]

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  • Idaho Transportation Department Drives The Innovation Fast Lane

    Dave O’Connell, Gene Hamacher, and Gregg Lynde (L-R above) of TechHelp’s Operational Excellence (OE) Team have been honored to work with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on the organization’s Innovation and Leadership Transformation. In 2014, ITD was spurred by a vision to operate in a more business-like manner and motivated by funding shortfalls to launch a strategy to engage […]

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  • TechHelp Vandal Delivers Lean Message in Chile

    TechHelp Manufacturing Specialists pride themselves on delivering world-class services to local companies in Idaho. But sometimes, the world comes calling. In May of 2017, Manufacturing Specialist, Gene Hamacher, of TechHelp and the University of Idaho provided the Keynote presentation at “Productivity Now!” a Seminar and Workshop of Operational Excellence in Concepcion, Chile. Hamacher is based […]

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  • Idaho MFG Day 2017 Expo & Job Fair was October 3-4 in Nampa

    Thanks to the Southwest Idaho Manufacturers’ Alliance (SWI-MA),  for kicking off a month of MFG DAY activities with the “Made Here!” Manufacturing Expo and Job Fair at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on October 3-4.  A VIP Reception on the evening of October 3 was followed by a day-long Manufacturing Expo on October 4 that showcased products MADE HERE […]

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  • Apprenticeship Programs Gain Traction in Idaho

    As Idaho’s need for skilled workers grows, more and more companies and workers are exploring apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship Idaho is a statewide initiative to assist employers in developing registered apprenticeship programs as part of their overall talent development strategy. The Program is a collaborative effort among state agencies, workforce training centers, and industry partners, including the Southwest Idaho […]

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  • New Tool Helps Companies Find Financing for Energy-Saving Measures

    New Tool Helps Companies Find Financing for Energy-Saving Measures According to Manufacturing Specialist, Dave O’Connell, of TechHelp and Idaho State University, the two biggest objections to moving forward with an energy efficiency project are the upfront costs and simple payback periods that don’t meet an organization’s objectives. As the leader of TechHelp’s Operational Excellence Team, […]

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  • You Don’t Have to Travel Far to Find Innovation in Idaho

    Most U.S. citizens would probably not consider a government agency with an annual budget of around $700 million and some 1,700 employees to be a hotbed of efficiency and innovation. They don’t know the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Amazingly, this government agency was chosen by the Idaho Technology Council as a finalist for its 2016 […]

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  • Hamacher Helps Aviation Assembler Course Take Off in North Idaho

    The North Idaho College (NIC) Workforce Training Center conducted the first Aviation Assembler Course August 1-12 at Sandpoint High School. Three PTECH (Pathways To Early Career High School) students earned the Aviation Assembler Skill Stack badges.  Mark Kennaly, James Cope and Alex Miller (pictured at right), completed online coursework followed by 70 hours of Hands-On […]

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  • Mountain Home’s In the Ditch Towing Featured on The American Innovator

    The American Innovator (AI) recently traveled to Mountain Home, Idaho to visit Chuck Cecceralli (L) and the crew at In The Ditch Towing Products (ITD). AI was impressed by the spirit and culture of ITD and the company’s “over-the-top” implementation of Lean Manufacturing. You can view the AI Video of ITD here.  In addition to its success with Lean, ITD […]

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  • Functional Fabrication – Idaho Steel Supercharges Machine Shop with SLS 3D Printing

    Since 1918, Idaho Steel has manufactured, maintained and customized food processing equipment. Like most fabricators, Idaho Steel has historically relied on CNC machining for many of their products’ components. The company recently worked with TechHelp Partner, Intermountain 3D to purchase and install a ProX™ 500 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Idaho Steel uses the […]

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