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Lean manufacturing: the balance of costs versus productivity

"... if you place inventory management, energy management and knowledge management at the heart of your strategy, it is possible to both decrease expenditure and improve efficiency..."

In industry, an increased need for budget cuts can put even the best manufacturing efficiency plans under pressure. European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400 billion every year on maintenance. With this figure in mind, could it be possible to decrease…


Added by Auburn Works on March 11, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dean's Status Report Spotlights ATAC's Work

Dr. Bill Hardgrave, dean of our parent college, the Harbert College of Business, spotlighted our center today in his monthly status report on accomplishments within the college. Following is his ATAC excerpt :

February 26, 2016 HCOB colleagues:



o Submitted 103 proposals resulting in $1.3 million in contracts. ...…


Added by Auburn Works on February 26, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

Auburn observing 'Manufacturing Day' Oct. 3 with ATC Open House

Auburn Manufacturing Day is Friday, Oct. 3.  In support of the National Manufacturing Day, the public is invited to an open house and tour at the…


Added by Auburn Works on September 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments


The Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC), an outreach arm of Auburn University’s College of Business, has been re-funded as Auburn University’s EDA University Center. The designation carries a $129,000 operating grant, which ATAC is required to match up to $100,000 through its outreach services.

EDA-funded University Centers conduct applied research, provide technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations, and conduct other activities with the goal of enhancing…


Added by Auburn Works on August 10, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

ATAC NEWS: ATAC's David Mixson to talk 'innovation' to Mobile manufacturers


David Mixson of the Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) is the guest speaker for the Business Retention and Expansion Committee meeting Aug. 14 in Mobile.

Mixson, one of the trained "Innovation Engineering" facilitators with the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), of which ATAC is a member center, will…


Added by Auburn Works on August 10, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments

Baldwin County set for Lean treatment

Baldwin County Lean Government


Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 8:21 AM

Connie Baggett, Press-Register

Added by Auburn Works on January 30, 2012 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Lean program helps Gulf Shores save money

Gulf Shores Lean Government


BY JOHN MULLEN | Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am

GULF SHORES, Ala. – David Peleschak had seen this before. Or at least he thought he had.

The city had signed up for a nine-class program called the…


Added by Auburn Works on January 30, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

ATAC teaching Value Stream Mapping to city government.

ATAC is in Gulf Shores, AL today (Nov. 17) working with officials in that city. We are partnering with the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Ala. to conduct continuous improvement training for the cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and the Baldwin County, AL governments. We will follow the training activities as they progress and provide updates and status reports throughout the…

Added by Auburn Works on November 17, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments

A healthcare architect talks about the benefits of Lean CI training to that profession

Architectural firms that work in the design and construction of hospitals, clinics and other healthcare structures are finding that training in Lean Continuous Improvement is becoming not only helpful, but in many ways, it is becoming a necessity to remain competitive in the profession.


Kimberly Newton-McMurray, a healthcare practice architect with one of Atlanta’s architectural firms, talks about her experiences as a participant in ATAC’s Lean for Healthcare training.…


Added by Auburn Works on February 11, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

New Open Enrollment Course Focuses on the Organization's Top Leadership

In February and again in June 2011, ATAC is offering a new course among its open enrollment training opportunities called Leadership Lean Certificate Series.…


Added by Auburn Works on October 10, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

TWI course provides training in the basics of standard work and sustaining CI

Sustaining a continuous improvement initiative is arguably the most difficult undertaking in a Lean Enterprise. Auburn Technical Assistance Center is showing companies that going back to the basics is exactly the catalyst needed to maintain continuous improvement and maximize their investment in Lean.

Manufacturers are finding that TWI provides a proven way to promote, create and sustain standardized work; define and develop consistent work procedures; and do so through…

Added by Auburn Works on July 25, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

ATAC Project Recognized Nationally as Innovative

For the second time in almost as many years, an ATAC project has garnered national recognition for being innovative.

ATAC Management Scientist David Mixson is at this very momemt accepting the Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board for the Design Seed project.

Design Seed is a collaboration among ATAC, AU Outreach and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction's Industrial Design program. It is intended to serve as a model to generate new business in…


Added by Auburn Works on June 8, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

Capitalize on your investement in Lean using TWI

Capitalize on your investment in Lean using TWI

You have invested in Lean training for your employees. You have undertaken serious efforts to implement continuous improvement within your organization. Training Within Industry (TWI) is the next link in creating and sustaining a Lean Enterprise. This four-component program is the ideal process for training people within your industry who are

responsible for training others in job skills, monitoring and…


Added by Auburn Works on August 2, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments


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