University at Buffalo: Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) works with Niagara Transformer Corp., Part 2

Before Niagara Transformer’s current facility expansion got under way, the Buffalo business was seeking to overcome space challenges and shift manufacturing emphasis from smaller-sized electric power transformers to larger units. A New York State Department of Labor grant kick-started the company’s introduction to the waste-eliminating operational approach of Lean in 2005. Application of the methodology enabled efficiency gains across all departments and, since then, Lean practices continue to drive change in the engineering, manufacturing and purchasing departments with UB TCIE’s assistance. Niagara Transformer President John Darby calls the engagement a work in progress that has improved flow and communication, lowered costs, and increased productivity.