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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TechHelp Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course Begins September 15 at the Business Accelerator in Nampa, Idaho

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a well-known approach for achieving operational excellence that combines the process improvement benefits of Lean with the statistical process control (SPC) benefits of Six Sigma. It takes advantage of the “value-added” focus of Lean while maintaining the statistical rigors of Six Sigma. This series will include four full-day training sessions with three weeks between sessions for participants to complete project work that is an essential part of the LSSGB program.

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Janna Hamlett Explores “TIM WOODS” Waste Factors in FoodSafety Magazine Article

If you look around, you may find many examples of ‘TIM WOODS’ in a food processing facility. TIM WOODS is an acronym for the ‘eight wastes’ that can plague a processing facility. In lean manufacturing, waste is any cost, effort, or material that is used in a processing facility that does not directly lead to a completed unit.

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TechHelp Food Manufacturing Team Delivers Courses to North Idaho

Food Manufacturing Specialists  Dr. Janna Hamlett & Catherine Cantley of TechHelp and the University of Idaho are working with their Post Falls-based colleague, Gene Hamacher, to deliver workshops to food processors in the Panhandle of Idaho.  “We do a lot of work in South, Central & Eastern Idaho and wanted to make an effort to meet the needs of companies up north,” said Dr. Hamlett.  The workshop series kicks off on August 15-17 at the U of I Research Park in Post Falls with our FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course.  

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To Buy or Not to Buy? Considerations When Purchasing Used Food Processing Equipment

When buying equipment for a food processing facility or commercial kitchen, it is ideal to purchase new equipment that is designed for the specific product, processing use, and processing capacity at the facility. However, in many cases this equipment may be cost-prohibitive, or the exact type of equipment may not be readily available, and so used equipment may need to be purchased instead.

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Recording of TechHelp’s Webinar on the Uses and Benefits of Collaborative Robots (Cobots) in Manufacturing Facilities – Jan 27

Is your manufacturing facility undergoing a workforce shortage? Attracting, hiring, and keeping workers is one of today’s key workforce challenges. In this webinar, we explored how collaborative robots (also called cobots) can help. Our speakers, Ryan Okelberry (House of Design) and Al Youngwerth (Versabuilt) are local legends in the robotics industry who shared their experiences and answered questions.