Category Archives: Updates

Benefits & Methods Behind Gemba Walks

“Lean encourages us to go to the gemba as much as we can, but what should we actually do when walking the workspace? It turns out it’s not so much about doing as it is about thinking.” Many companies already perform gemba walks while others may be considering them but need to understand about how

Made in WNY: America’s First Jet

Today the Tri-Main Building at 2495 Main Street in Buffalo, designed by the famous industrial architect Albert Kahn, is a model of adaptive reuse, housing dozens of businesses and organizations of all kinds.  So it’s hard to imagine that it was once the site of a top secret, military project that would start a new

Insyte’s Jack McGowan featured on 716 Day – WNY at Work

During the 716 Day broadcast of Western New York at Work, Insyte’s Jack McGowan discussed the importance of manufacturing and start-up businesses in WNY and Insyte’s key role through our consulting services, and relationship with the WNY Venture Association and Buffalo Angels.  Listen to the broadcast recording here.   Jack McGowan, Project Manager Jack works with

Cobey Reaches New Heights

Engineered equipment maker Cobey celebrated its 30th Birthday recently with a drone fly-by.  Check out the video for great views of Cobey’s 120,000ft2 manufacturing plant on Ship Canal Parkway south of downtown Buffalo and don’t miss the Bethlehem Steel wind turbines across Route 5.  Happy Birthday to our friends at Cobey!

Where is Manufacturing Going? What is Manufacturing’s Future?

As a manufacturing engineering consultant I’m often asked where the manufacturing industry is headed. Well, I don’t have a crystal ball for predictions, but if you examine history and can see the trends and the reasons for these industry changes; it may give you a better feel for answering this question of where manufacturing is

WNY Well Represented on List of 43North Semi-Finalists

Thirteen companies from Western New York (fourteen if you include Batavia) have made it through the first round of judging in this year’s 43North business competition and are in the running for the $1 million top prize to be awarded in October 5. WNY companies make up approximately 10% of the 134 semi-finalists.  Insyte Consulting’s

U.S. Manufacturing Up in June

The PMI Index from the Institute of Supply Management came in at 57.8 for June,  its highest reading in almost three years, up 2.9 points from May.  Also up were Production (+5.3), New Orders (+4.0), Supplier Deliveries (+3.9) and Employment (+3.7).  Of the 18 manufacturing sectors tracked by ISM, all reported growth in June except

Congratulations to Billings Sheet Metal of Olean, NY

Congratulations to Billings Sheet Metal of Olean, NY for the successful implementation of their marketing strategy.  Despite numerous plant closings in their primary market of the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania, the company has successfully expanded its geographic coverage outside the area.  They recently provided six, large parts washing machines to the Bay Area Transit

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2017 — POSTER: Larkinville

For the Spring 2017 issue, we decided to look right in our own backyard, with an aerial shot of Larkinville, the neighborhood redevelopment of the city’s historic hydraulics manufacturing district, once home to the Larkin Company and Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary Larkin Administration. Insyte’s offices are located in the beautiful Larkin at Exchange building, the

INSIGHTS: SPRING 2017 — CASE STUDY: Sewing Technology, Inc.

Company Sewing Technology is a contract manufacturer of cut and sew products, primarily for the aerospace and defense markets. The company was founded in 1993 and was a woman-owned enterprise until 2015 when it was acquired by the current ownership. At that time Sewing Technology had sales of about $1.5 million and employed 14 people,