Kaizen Events

“Kaizen”: A Japanese term that is most literally translated as “continuity and change for the better”. It is based on the fundamental philosophy that what we do today should be better than yesterday, and what we do tomorrow should be better than today – never accepting status quo. No matter how well we perform, we know we can do better and look to do so tomorrow.

Our Kaizen program focuses on the implementation of cutting-edge manufacturing principles, including 5S, Visual Management, Standard Work and Kanban.

A summary of Kaizen events at Ultra Electronics, NSPI:

Kaizen group

July 13-15, 2011: Certify Operations for Self-Inspect, Improve Ergonomics and Improve Standard Cost

Team Members:

  • Scott Berman
  • Cesar Castillo
  • Chris Cook
  • Carolyn Sims
  • Jim Utterback
Kaizen group

June 15 – 17, 2011: Project Management of Nuclear Temperature Orders

Team Members:

  • Scott Berman
  • Michelle Cole
  • Anthony Durkowski
  • Lynn Harper
  • Johnny Labaj
  • Mark McCray
  • Scott Steiniger
Kaizen group

June 1 – 3, 2011: Design and Build a Staging Area for Shipments

Team Members:

  • Daniel Ashley
  • Charlie Brown
  • Kenneth Graham
  • Anthony Martinez
  • Matt Reyner
Kaizen group

May 4 – 6, 2011: Develop a Dedicated Transactional Process for Cell 81

Team Members:

  • Alan Fogle
  • Janice Hampton
  • Charlotte Herrera
  • Shellee Lujan
  • Nilesh Patel
  • Kristin Ramey
  • Denise Stefek
  • Michelle Thompson
  • Ricky Wentrcek
Kaizen group

April 27 – 29, 2011: Reduce Transactional Processing of Cell 76 GSA Orders

Team Members:

  • Chris Cook
  • Chet Davis
  • Janice Hampton
  • Bruce Koach
  • Ben Montemayor
  • Denise Stefek
  • Jim Utterback
  • Alan Weaver
Kaizen group

April 6 – 8, 2011: 15% Metrology Lab Throughput Improvement

Team Members:

  • Bill Canet
  • Michelle Cole
  • Alan Fogle
  • Alan Gilchrist
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Susie Strmiska
  • Ted Valmassei
Kaizen group

March 23 – 25, 2011:Implement Phase One of the Production Facilities Master Plan

Team Members:

  • Charlie Brown
  • Alan Fogle
  • Bobby Hernandez
  • John Labaj
  • Pete Land
  • Debbie Mazoch
  • Matt Reyner
  • Penny Sebring
  • Ricky Wentrcek
Kaizen group

March 16 – 18, 2011:15% Element Room Throughput Improvement

Team Members:

  • Sandra Amidon
  • Stella Byrd
  • Alan Fogle
  • Alan Gilchrist
  • Michael Larkin
  • Matt Reyner
Kaizen group

February 23-25, 2011:Reduce the Financial Close Process by One Day

Team Members:

  • Bob Beran
  • John Byrd
  • Michelle Larsen
  • Geoff Leighton
  • Scott Steiniger
  • Dan Upp
  • Jim Utterback\
Kaizen group

February 2 – 4, 2011: Reduce the Cost of T-Mass Flow Sensors by 15% Baseline Current Capacity/Assess Growth Potential

Team Members:

  • Charlie Brown
  • Mark Dorman
  • Charlotte Herrera
  • Scott Jewett
  • Joe Lendway
  • Nilesh Patel
Kaizen group

January 19 – 21, 2011: Define a Production Facilities Master Plan that will Support the Four Year Growth Target

Team Members:

  • Charlie Brown
  • Alan Fogle
  • Bobby Hernandez
  • John Labaj
  • Pete Land
  • Debbie Mazoch
  • Matt Reyner
  • Penny Sebring
  • Ricky Wentrcek
Kaizen group

January 5-7, 2011: Cell 066 & Cell 055 Consolidation & Improvement of Point of Use Inventory

Team Members:

  • Marty Jones
  • Anthony Martinez
  • Matt Reyner
  • Penny Sebring
  • Carolyn Sims
  • Jim Utterback
  • Richard Wheeler
Kaizen group December 15-17, 2010: Improve Flow, Safety & Reduce Cost in Cell 072

Team Members:

  • Brett Kamrud
  • Pete Land
  • Shellee Lujan
  • Matt Reyner
  • Susie Strmiska