Managing Millennials: Lean Champion Jeff Riedel Emphasizes the Importance of Mentoring

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

As part of our Millennials in Manufacturing blog series with i-Connect007, we now move on to the managerial perspective – what it’s like to manage millennials. It’s a common complaint from managers that millennials simply don’t want to be managed. But is this true? This week, we have Jeff Riedel, the lean champion at Saline Lectronics. In this interview, Jeff talks about the …

Developing Employees: Nuts and Bolts of the Lean House

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

As depicted in fig. 1 of the Lean House, the all-encompassing philosophy of a lean system is People.  In fact, a Lean System cannot be accomplished without the engagement of all employees in the lean undertaking. At the center of the Toyota Production System, the overriding principle for Toyota’s employees is “respect for people”. With Lean, it is understood that …

Constructing a Stable Lean House

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

Part II of a blog series that focuses on implementing a Lean system and what Saline Lectronics is doing to guarantee a successful, Lean implementation. A. Implementing a system by building a strong foundation As described in the previous post, How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Lean Implementation, Lean is a system that is most successful when all parts of …

Saline Lectronics Installs a Flexible Assembly Flow Line

Christi Beck-Levicki Press

SALINE, MI ― November 2015 ― Saline Lectronics, Inc., a leading electronics contract manufacturer, recently installed a new assembly flow line. The line is setup in a systematic, unique configuration in order to provide a truly flexible lean system. With this new system, Lectronics is able to assemble an endless number of customer product configurations and volumes. Since the system …

Mario Sciberras

Saline Lectronics Lean Program by Mario Sciberras, President

Christi Beck-Levicki Press

Earlier this year (February), early-stage plans were released to implement a new lean program factory-wide at Saline Lectronics. Upon attending the IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, CA,  feedback from industry colleagues indicated surprise at an electronics contract manufacturer implementing a lean system. They even questioned whether a contract manufacturer could be capable of implementing a lean manufacturing approach while …