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.

Lean Transformation is a continuous improvement methodology that empowers employees to create customer value and cut waste. In today’s highly competitive global market, few firms survive by wasting time, money, and resources or by having had poor customer service. The illustration below features the interrelated disciplines that combine to create a sturdy “House of Lean”. 

What Are Wastes?

  • Any non-value-added activity
  • Adds problems
  • Adds time to the process
  • Interrupts the flow of value/information
  • Should be minimized or eliminated

The 9 Wastes of Lean Include:

  • Defects – All processing required in creating a defect and the additional work required to correct it.
  • Over-production – Producing some type of work prior to it being required or more than is required.
  • Waiting – Waiting for anything (people, signatures, information, supplies, etc.).
  • Non-Value-Added Processing – Putting more work or effort into the work required by internal or external customers.
  • Transport – Excess transport affects the time of delivery of any work in the office.
  • Inventory (Time) – Excessive piles of paperwork, computer files, supplies, and time spent searching for documents.
  • Motion – Any movement of people, paper, and/or electronic exchanges that do not add value.
  • Employees’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – The under-utilization of people’s knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Energy and Environment – The unnecessary use of energy and the release of substances into the air, land, or water.

TechHelp has helped with Lean Transformations at Idaho organizations such as:

These companies win business by continually adding value to their products and services.

Contact any member of our Operational Excellence Team or complete a short form to request a free site visit & assessment of your operation.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Boise Pitch Night @ Trailhead on January 31

Trailhead Boise 500 South 8th Street, Boise, ID

Listen to a keynote, and four back-to-back pitches followed by a Q&A session then enjoy networking & happy hour. Investors, funders, local startups, and trailhead members will hear pitches from three local/regional startups actively fundraising. Each individual will present a 7-minute pitch with 2-3 minutes of Q&A followed by a networking/social hour.

Free

Monthly IMA HR Cohort Call for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly HR Cohort group! This is your chance to meet with other HR professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 1st Thursday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT.
You can submit topics or questions to tiffany@idmfg.org.
*This event is for the primary or secondary HR representatives from manufacturing companies only*

Free

5S and Lean Manufacturing Continuous Improvement with Dave O’Connell – Feb 8 & 15 at CSI

CSI Human Sciences & Human Services Building 315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls

In today’s competitive environment, companies are fueling growth through leaner operations. Adopting lean practices, which focus on eliminating waste throughout an enterprise, creates cost savings while establishing an environment of continuous improvement. Through CSI’s 2-day interactive and hands-on training, learn how to increase productivity and boost your bottom line by mastering these principles and processes through a lean approach.

$149

Monthly IMA IT Cohort Call for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly IT Cohort Group Meeting! This is your chance to meet with other IT professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT. You can submit topics or questions to sheri@idmfg.org.
This event is for the primary or secondary IT representatives from manufacturing companies only.

Free

Coffee & Connect with Idaho Manufacturing Alliance – Live at Deja Brew in Meridian

Deja Brew 112 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID

Are you a non-manufacturer interested in learning more about IMA? Are you wondering how you can get involved? Then join us for a cup of coffee at one of our upcoming Coffee & Connect meetings!
You will learn a bit of IMA history, hear how we’re CONNECTING, SUPPORTING and PROMOTING Idaho manufacturing and discuss how you might like to get involved! You will also get the opportunity to share about your business and meet some like-minded professionals at the same time.

Free

Cybersecurity Boot Camp for Defense Suppliers – Webinar

Live Online

TechHelp sister MEP Center, CMTC and CASCADE, will host a “Cybersecurity Boot Camp” focused on Defense Suppliers. Day 1 of this two-day event will cover: Nation State Threat/OpSec, CMMC and DFARS, and Microsoft Security. Day 2 will cover: Cost Effective Cybersecurity, Vulnerabilities and Zero Clear, and IT and Cloud providers. All Defense Suppliers located in the U.S. with at least 5% of the company’s revenue derived from Defense contracts are eligible to register.

Free

Intro to HACCP & Food Safety w Dr. Janna Hamlett at CSI Twin Falls on Feb 28

College of Southern Idaho ATIC Building 315 Falls Ave – Room 134, Twin Falls, ID

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system is a logical, scientific approach to controlling hazards in food production and is a preventive system assuring the safe production of food products. The principle of HACCP can be applied to production, meat slaughter and processing, shipping and distribution, food service, and home preparation.

Successful completion of this course will result in an Introduction to HACCP Certificate with the International HACCP Alliance seal of approval.

$249

Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Course with Dr. Hamlett at CSI on March 1-2

CSI Applied Technology & Innovation Center Building Room 134 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls

Get introduced to the SQF system and prepare to take the SQF Practitioner exam. During this two-day course, you will gain an understanding of the SQF code and how to apply it to food manufacturing. With practical exercises to reinforce learning, you will be able to successfully implement and maintain an SQF System.

$549

Monthly IMA HR Cohort Call for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly HR Cohort group! This is your chance to meet with other HR professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 1st Thursday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT.
You can submit topics or questions to tiffany@idmfg.org.
*This event is for the primary or secondary HR representatives from manufacturing companies only*

Free

Monthly IMA IT Cohort Call for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly IT Cohort Group Meeting! This is your chance to meet with other IT professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT. You can submit topics or questions to sheri@idmfg.org.
This event is for the primary or secondary IT representatives from manufacturing companies only.

Free

Coffee & Connect with Idaho Manufacturing Alliance – Live at Deja Brew in Meridian

Deja Brew 112 E Idaho Ave, Meridian, ID

Are you a non-manufacturer interested in learning more about IMA? Are you wondering how you can get involved? Then join us for a cup of coffee at one of our upcoming Coffee & Connect meetings!
You will learn a bit of IMA history, hear how we’re CONNECTING, SUPPORTING and PROMOTING Idaho manufacturing and discuss how you might like to get involved! You will also get the opportunity to share about your business and meet some like-minded professionals at the same time.

Free

Monthly IMA HR Cohort Call for Manufacturers – Zoom

Live Online

Join IMA for the monthly HR Cohort group! This is your chance to meet with other HR professionals in manufacturing to discuss hot topics, seek input on issues, and get to know some of your peers. IMA will host this call on the 1st Thursday of the month at 11 am MT/10 am PT.
You can submit topics or questions to tiffany@idmfg.org.
*This event is for the primary or secondary HR representatives from manufacturing companies only*

Free