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TECHLAB

ing because it's not really widgets,
but we can take many of the tools and
apply them to our processes. Lean
techniques are consistent with and
support our quality initiatives."
Today, TECHLAB has four Six
Sigma-certified green belts and the
company is looking at applying lean
principles in its office environments.
"With all the regulations we move
a lot of paper, so we are looking for
ways to streamline those processes,"
Harvey says.

Maintaining Excellence
TECHLAB maintains a core group
of suppliers and deepens those relationships with frequent face-to-face
interactions. The company locally
sources as many materials as possible
and is in the process of sourcing more
from U.S. suppliers. "We are seeing
the value is much better, the materials
are better and the pricing is starting to
become much more similar to sourcing overseas," Harvey notes.
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Most of TECHLAB's processes are
risk-based, so the suppliers it relies
on most for biologicals and manufactured items are the ones it spends
the most time with to develop relationships. "We build in quality from
the moment the raw material comes
in the door, all the way through every

process until it leaves our hands and
gets to the customer," Harvey says.
Quality is communicated to every
employee who is empowered to identify potential detrimental aspects in
the manufacturing process. "They are
encouraged to ask questions and look
at things in a different way, and they
know they won't be reprimanded for
slowing the process if their end goal is
to improve quality," Day explains.
Manufacturing employees are required to participate in a week-and-ahalf-long on-boarding process where
they spend a day in each department
to understand TECHLAB's entire
process. This helps employees understand how each department impacts
the department they will eventually
be working in.
Moving forward, TECHLAB plans
to continue developing new and necessary products for the market. "We
can't be more specific than that because of FDA requirements," Day
says. "We are in the majority of the
countries we want to be in. We have a
global reach today, so we will cultivate
new products and continue to grow
the markets we are in." mt

techlab is dedicated to
continue developing new
and necessary products for
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