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Bison Gear and Engineering Recognized by AME for Outstanding Lean Manufacturing Principals

Bison Gear and Engineering has always been a proponent of exceeding customer expectations in record time. Recently, Bison was recognized by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) for the innovative way in which Bison optimized their prototype design process. Two Bison associates, VP of Continuous Improvement and Engineering Jim Parejko and Lean Innopreneur Jordan Kapitanoff, were invited to present this process at the AME Inside Conference in Toronto, Ontario to show how lean principals can be applied to streamline product development, including custom prototyping.

“The majority of Bison’s core business originates custom designs; therefore identifying ways to streamline the prototype development process translates into more success for Bison and our customers.” commented J. Kapitanoff, who presented at the AME Toronto Conference.

Kapitanoff was on-hand with his manager, Jim Parejko, to present Bison’s best practices in new product development. How do they do it? Using a process called a ‘design blitz,’ Bison pulls together a small, concentrated team of experts and gives them a single focus: meet exact customer requirements in a minimum turnaround time. Because the system enables faster project completion, the blitz team can take more time to understand the customer requirements and develop an ideal solution using innovation tools such as TRIZ, QFD etc. or in-depth conversations with the customer about their application. More quality checks in early product life cycle stages reduce costly product development process back-end oversights. Benefits of the design blitz process include fast turnaround of proposals for customer requests (days instead of weeks), efficient staff scheduling (sales, product engineering, manufacturing engineering and procurement) and more engaged staff members whose time is efficiently focused on one customer's issues at a time in a true team effort.

Overall, the Bison presenters were a big highlight at the conference, with several attendees commenting on how the ‘design blitz’ process used by Bison would be very beneficial to adopt into their own processes. Going forward, Bison will continue to strive for improvement in their rapid prototype process and visual mapping to get their products to customer specifications and out the door in record time.

About Bison

Bison Gear and Engineering began in 1960 by designing problem-solving gearboxes and gear motors for their customers. Today, the company has grown into an industry leader for fractional horsepower electric motor, integral gearmotor and gear reducer products by implementing innovative lean manufacturing processes, world class engineering and customer support teams driven by their Robusticity® design philosophy; allowing Bison to consistently expand its product line with new motion control and power transmission solutions. For more information on Bison or their products, please visit www.bisongear.com.

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