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How Lean Benefits People

Five years ago, Christy Benoit co-founded the Mosaic Family of Companies on a core tenet of building people who are happy and engaged at work – and Christy believes that would not have been possible without implementing Lean. “People are inherently striving to contribute in a meaningful way,” Christy said. Lean philosophy has been deeply adopted into the culture at the Mosaic Family (which includes companies Oil Country Engineering and Pure Mosaic) and it has proven to be an important piece of the puzzle to keep employees engaged. “People leave at the end of the day knowing they did effective work and their time was worth something.”…

From drilling rigs to solar installs: Diversifying in today’s economy

Any business that serves the oil and gas industry knows what “diversify” means – many of us have been trying to do it since late 2015 to keep our employees working in a lagging economic climate. Oil Country Engineering has branched out to do project work in quite a few different industries, but one type of work in particular came as a surprise: doing design and engineering work for the solar industry. Drilling rig experts engineering solar installs – two very different industries, and two very different products. It might sound like a bit of a stretch! But mechanical engineer Wes Schroeder says it wasn’t an unlikely…

How we reduced our lead time by 80%

This article originally appeared on Oil Country Engineering's blog. Oil Country Engineering is Pure Mosaic's sister company. Confession time... In 2012, it took us an average of seven months (!!) to see a project through to completion. Oil Country’s project lead time was 213 days… yeah, that’s a pretty gross statistic, but it was a hard reality we had to face before we could make things better. After starting our learn journey in 2012, we began to see immediate improvements to many of our business metrics, but our lead time improvement was perhaps one of the most drastic. Within two years, we reduced our project lead time…

3 Misconceptions About Lean That Might Be Standing In Your Way

When you hear Avel Espiritu talk about the many lean successes he’s seen in his 12 years as a Lean Champion, it’s hard not to wonder if he’s talking nonsense. Increased production? Better quality? Lower project lead time? The benefits seem almost too good to be true. Nevertheless, Avel maintains that lean can bring about huge advantages to any business. The trouble is that sometimes those advantages are hidden behind some common misconceptions. He described a few of those misconceptions, and why they might be standing in your company’s way of benefitting from lean. Misconception: Lean is only used in manufacturing “If your business has two or…

Top 5 Ways Lean Can Benefit Your Engineering Firm

Avel Espiritu has witnessed several lean success stories in his 12 years as a Lean Champion, but he admits that it took a desperate situation at a previous employer for him to initially adopt lean practices. “It was sink or swim. We had to get better,” he says of his time at an Edmonton manufacturing facility many years ago. “I was basically drowning and this life line came at me and I grabbed it.” Once he saw how lean turned things around, he was hooked and has been a veracious advocate ever since. A common misconception is that lean is just for manufacturing facilities, but Avel says…