From offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello, TechHelp Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.

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EDA Grant Funds South Idaho Design – Prototyping Center at Boise State

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Manufacturing in General

Veteran’s Day 2023 – Thank You Veterans!

TechHelp, Idaho’s Manufacturing Extension Partner (MEP) thanks our veterans for their service to our nation. We are also thankful for those veterans who apply the skills, expertise, and ideas they developed in the service to their jobs and companies. Mike Atwood of Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) is one example of a Veteran who leaned on his service experience to create excellent night vision products with applications in the civilian world. As a former AH-64 Apache pilot, Mike founded ASU in 1995 and worked with government agencies to allow unrestricted NVG use among first responders and law enforcement agencies.

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Register Today for the 2023 IMA Manufacturing Trade Show – November 30 in Boise

Join TechHelp & studio\Blu at the 2023 Idaho Manufacturing Alliance Trade Show on Thursday, November 30 at the Boise Centre. This is the only event of its kind in Idaho! An estimated 300+ manufacturing executives, operations managers, first-line supervisors, purchasing managers, HR professionals, and more will attend from throughout Idaho and neighboring states! We hope to see you there.

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Innovation & Growth using the Theory of Constraints with Rami Goldratt

Rami Goldratt currently serves as CEO of Goldratt Group, the leading organization in Theory Of Constraints (TOC) implementations. Over the years, Rami has been involved in consulting engagements with retail manufacturers, engineering, automotive, textile, chemical, and service industries all around the world. Rami is highly regarded for developing the TOC applications to Sales and Marketing. His ground-breaking implementations in this area have become the standard of TOC in sales.

Goldratt Consulting (GC) was founded by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, the creator of the Theory Of Constraints and author of the best seller “The Goal”. With hundreds of seasoned consultants and operations in all major continents, GC paves the way for companies to immediately accelerate cash flow and profits while building the capabilities for exponential growth.

Manufacturing in General

TechHelp’s Jennifer Buel Wins “Unsung Hero of the Year” Award at 2023 MEP National Conference

TechHelp’s Jennifer Buel won the “Unsung Hero of the Year” Award at the 2023 MEP National Conference in Buffalo, NY. This award recognizes an individual and/or team from marketing, reporting, administrative, human resources, or other behind-the-scenes roles at an MEP Center who has shown exemplary effort in their work.

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Join Dr. Janna Hamlett for Online FSPCA and HACCP Food Safety Courses

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Janna Hamlett of TechHelp and the University of Idaho will deliver two crucial food safety courses this fall. Our FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course (PCQI) will occur online on October 3-5, 2023. Janna will lead our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) course online on November 8.

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Dr. Janna Hamlett Article in Food Safety Magazine Has Tips to Overcome Supply Chain Challenges for Food Manufacturers

Supply chain constraints are not a new challenge in the food industry. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created additional hardships, the food industry has always had to deal with difficulties in the supply chain. Food is a global market, and even the smallest food processor brings in food ingredients, packaging, and equipment from around the world. The food industry is not immune to environmental disasters or political unrest in the global environment. Since the food supply chain is very complex with multiple stakeholders, processors, brokers, and transportation involved, it is susceptible to turbulence and instability.

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Learn the Principles of Lean with Luke & Gene in Post Falls

Join experienced Lean practitioners Luke Fuess and Gene Hamacher for a 1/2 day overview that will cover the major principles of Lean Manufacturing. The main objective of Lean is to improve productivity, minimize waste (anything not of value to your customers), and create a culture of continuous improvement. Your company can grow and thrive by eliminating non-value-adding activities and concentrating on delivering value to customers.

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ONLINE FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course with Dr. Janna Hamlett

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act – Preventive Controls for Human Food requires processing facilities to have at least one Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) on staff to oversee the food safety plan and system.

Our upcoming online FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course is one way to gain that credential. This FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA. This course covers regulation Title 21 CFR 117 – Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food.

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Dr. Janna Hamlett Article in Food Safety Magazine on The Value of Mistake Proofing

People make mistakes—more often than we might like to think. Studies have shown that no matter how well-trained a worker is, or how well-maintained the equipment is, errors still occur. Tasks are forgotten, and equipment breaks. Standard work and “one right way” can help reduce errors.

Mistake proofing, also known by its Japanese equivalent, “poka-yoke,” is a method used to reduce or eliminate errors, or to make those errors immediately obvious. Ensuring that non-conforming product is never created—or at least never arrives at customers’ doorsteps—is invaluable in the food industry. Reduced downgrade, less rework, and decreased out-of-specification product are all benefits of mistake proofing.