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How Modular Offsite Construction Improves Construction Safety

Posted by NEHP on Mar 11, 2024 7:47:00 AM

Offsite Manufacturing and Job-Site Safety

Modular offsite construction, also known as prefabrication, offers several advantages for the construction of utility intensive high-tech facilities. By fabricating modular assemblies offsite and delivering them to the job-site complete, the time, cost, and safety liabilities associated with traditional stick-built construction are greatly reduced. Below, we will explore specifically how modular construction improves safety both on and off the job-site: 

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Topics: modular construction, construction safety

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 6: Inventory Waste

Posted by NEHP on Mar 8, 2024 7:44:00 AM


Inventory waste, also known as excess inventory or overproduction, is one of the eight wastes commonly identified in Lean Construction principles. It refers to the accumulation of materials, components, or finished products beyond what is immediately needed for the construction project. This excess inventory ties up capital, occupies valuable space, and can lead to various inefficiencies and problems within the construction process.

Below, we take a closer look at 8 consequences of inventory waste within the context of Lean Construction:

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean

NEHP Opens New OSM Facility to Support Modular Construction in Europe

Posted by Jerry Chabot on Jan 16, 2024 4:17:02 PM

Celebrating New Offsite Modular Construction Facility in Czechia

NEHP Inc. is pleased to announce that we have taken possession of our newest off-site manufacturing center in Usti nad Labem in Czechia, north of Prague and near the growing semiconductor hub of Dresden, Germany. This new 11k square meter facility gives NEHP CZ the ability to support the European markets with off-site construction and large scale modular assemblies.

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Topics: offsite manufacturing, modular construction

Exyte Completes Acquisition of Critical Process Systems Group

Posted by Exyte on Nov 2, 2021 7:07:44 AM

  • Acquisition of US-based Critical Process Systems (CPS) Group from Wynnchurch Capital
  • Strengthening of services and process equipment offering
  • Growth acceleration through complementary regional footprint and synergies in semiconductor and life science markets

Stuttgart, 02 November 2021 – Group (“Exyte”) has completed the all-share acquisition of US-based Critical Process Systems Group (“CPS”) from Wynnchurch Capital. The transaction enhances Exyte’s global offering for customers in the semiconductor and biopharma and life sciences businesses.

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Topics: Announcements

Exyte Acquires Critical Process Systems Group

Posted by CPS Group on Aug 24, 2021 1:15:02 PM

Exyte Strengthens its Equipment and Engineering Services Business by Acquiring Critical Process Systems Group

  • Acquisition of US-based Critical Process Systems (CPS) Group from Wynnchurch Capital
  • Manufacturing and design business of CPS to complement Exyte offerings
  • Growth acceleration through complementary regional footprint and synergies in semiconductor and life science markets
  • Completion of transaction expected in the fourth quarter of 2021
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Topics: company announcement

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 5: Transportation

Posted by NEHP on Dec 19, 2019 12:13:00 PM

Transportation Waste in Construction

Transportation waste in Lean construction is defined as the unnecessary or inefficient movement of any materials, inventory, supplies or personnel related to a construction project.

In determining what is necessary versus wasteful transportation, it's important to identify whether the associated time, resources and energy that goes into a specified transportation activity are actually necessary to improve the final product or outcome.

Anything that is not necessary for improvement is seen as waste.

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean

Construction Productivity Through Purpose-Driven Means and Methods

Posted by NEHP on Mar 12, 2019 11:10:24 AM

Why We Need Purpose-Driven Culture In Today's Construction Industry

In today’s construction industry, over 90% of global infrastructure projects are either over budget or over schedule [1]. As present-day construction productivity metrics continue to sputter, stakeholders are feeling the pressure to find better tools and solutions to minimize project overruns and their impacts. 

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Topics: construction productivity

Use Lean Principles To Mitigate These Construction Risks

Posted by NEHP on Feb 19, 2019 12:45:34 PM

Reducing Construction Risk Through Lean Integration

Construction risk can come in many forms including logistical, technical, managerial, and financial [1]. Through the adoption of Lean based principles, offsite manufacturers, contractors and owners alike have been successful in keeping common industry-related risks to a minimum.

Practicing lean established methods can maximize company efficiency, improve productivity, minimize waste, and reduce many construction risk factors for all participants and stakeholders.

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Topics: construction productivity, construction risks

Advancing Prefabrication Conference 2019: Construction Resources

Posted by NEHP on Feb 13, 2019 2:17:00 PM

Adapting To Our Industry Resource Challenges

Change is inevitable and critically necessary to influence competitive progress. Execution models need to change. It's real...and it’s referred to as a “nuclear” resource issue for the construction industry. With bidding wars for talent, construction projects at ten year highs, job creation growing 2x faster than labor pool availability, and 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day (which is most of our labor talent population today), we face a resource challenge to say the least.

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Topics: construction productivity, construction resources

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 4: Non-Utilized Talent

Posted by NEHP on Feb 12, 2019 12:57:00 PM

What is Non-Utilized Talent?

Non-Utilized Talent is a key waste described in the lean construction ideology. It is a waste that is often hidden behind more tangible ones such as defects, time and transportation. This waste pertains to the loss or incomplete use of human capability and resources within a production process.

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, non-utilized talent

New Pre-Construction Manager Joins NEHP Team

Posted by NEHP on Oct 31, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Adam Bowen Hired as Pre-Construction Manager

NEHP is pleased to welcome Adam Bowen to our growing roster of Construction Productivity experts. Adam has been hired to fill the position of Pre-Construction Manager, bringing with him two decades of project management expertise as well as an advanced degree in the same field from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Adam has relocated to Vermont for this position, and will be in charge of project evaluation, team alignment and scheduling, logistical management, as well as refinement and integration of program management systems and processes to ensure our continued delivery of lean-driven and value-engineered projects.

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Topics: pre-construction manager, careers

Just In Time In Construction (JIT Delivery)

Posted by NEHP on Oct 11, 2018 11:49:55 AM

Eliminate Inventory Waste and More with Just In Time Construction Delivery

JIT Delivery, or just in time in construction, is an inventory management approach designed to eliminate waste by "receiving goods only as they [are needed] for production processes." [1]  While JIT delivery is most often correlated with combating the issue of inventory waste, it is also perfectly applicable to the elimination of D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E and all of the 8 wastes of lean construction

In construction processes, inventory waste is generally the result of unnecessary stockpiling of materials due to over-estimating and over-ordering. But it can also include and lead to the unnecessary use of said materials, thus translating to a whole host of wasted effort, time, and material.

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Topics: construction productivity, lean construction

Helpful Tips for Long Lead Construction Planning

Posted by NEHP on Aug 30, 2018 3:14:00 PM

How to ensure Successful Long Lead construction Planning

A common risk (and constraint) to construction project schedules is the availability of project materials. Project materials can include anything from building materials, to office supplies, to tools, equipment needs, and even personnel.

Often times construction firms must procure materials and services from various suppliers who do not work in unison, but rather have multiple commitments of their own to complete and varying deadlines to complete them under.

All of these puzzle pieces must be carefully planned and aligned to keep construction deliverables flowing, schedules intact, and project costs in check. 

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Topics: construction productivity, lean construction, construction planning

Bringing Continuous Improvement to the Construction Industry

Posted by NEHP on Aug 27, 2018 4:09:53 PM

Continuous Improvement is Key to the New Era of Construction Productivity

Over the last 50 years many businesses in the manufacturing industry have dramatically improved their production protocols. Those businesses have achieved strong results by adapting methods from the Toyota Production System (TPS). The core tenet of TPS is to eliminate waste and improve efficiency, thereby earning the system the general name of 'lean' manufacturing.

Now, more and more industries are finding useful applications of 'lean' within their own productivity agendas.

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Topics: value stream mapping, construction productivity, lean construction

Last Planner System (LPS) and the Construction Industry

Posted by NEHP on Aug 24, 2018 1:30:00 PM

What is the Last Planner System and How Does it Work?

The Last Planner System (LPS) is a workflow method developed by the Lean Construction Institute to increase worker productivity and accountability through tight scheduling and detailed group planning.

Last Planner is seen as a managerial approach on how to efficiently run a construction project. The guiding principle of the system is to ensure that each contractor and subcontractor on a construction site can manage their workload, while holding them responsible for the work they promised to complete.

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Topics: construction productivity, lean construction

Guide to Construction KPI's Part 2: Applying KPI's

Posted by NEHP on Jul 20, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Combine Historic and Predictive Construction KPI's to Gain a Full View

In Part 1 of this series, we laid the groundwork for why KPI's can be an indispensable tool within the construction industry and we examined a handful of general KPI types.

Here we will provide a simple example of some construction KPI's in action.

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Topics: construction productivity

Guide to Construction KPI's Part 1: Types of KPI

Posted by NEHP on Jul 20, 2018 10:38:00 AM

Defining and Organizing Construction KPI's

When it comes to project management, the construction industry is perhaps one of the most logistically complex and unique industries there is.

Within a single construction project there can be multiple timelines, budgets, interests and vendors - and there's often a multitude of different contractors working on any number of punch-list items in any given area. While this hustle and bustle may seem efficient and productive on the surface, it can also be the source of miscommunication, confusion and lost assets.

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Topics: construction productivity

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 3: Waiting

Posted by NEHP on Jun 19, 2018 12:32:30 PM

Tips for Identifying and Managing Waiting Lean Waste

We spend an unfortunate amount of time in our lives waiting. Some calculate this to be as much as 20% to 40% of our daily activities. Waiting at work, or at home, often amounts to nothing more than unproductive time, wasted time. 

In the 8 wastes of lean, waiting waste can be attributed to inactivity or working slowly in a process, delays stemming from failure to complete a previous process or wasted time waiting for the next step in a process to begin.

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, lean time management

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 2: Overproduction

Posted by NEHP on Jun 1, 2018 12:39:51 PM

OverComing Overproduction

Overproduction is defined as any type of production that is more than needed or before it's needed. It can result in excess inventory and it consumes time, effort, money, materials and resources that could have otherwise been spent more effectively elsewhere.

With regard to construction productivity, modular off-site fabrication can help combat overproduction waste on large-scale process utility projects.

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, overproduction, lean construction

8 Wastes of Lean Construction Part 1: Defects as Lean Waste

Posted by NEHP on Mar 15, 2018 8:20:12 PM

9 Actions To Combat Defect-Driven Lean Waste

At the end of our value stream mapping series, we explored the concept of VSM as a mechanism for continuous improvement. The idea is that construction firms can utilize value stream mapping to continuously improve, identify, prevent, and eliminate the 8 wastes of Lean from impacting the productivity of their organization.

To that end, it pays to take a closer look at what constitutes the 8 wastes of lean and how each lean waste can disrupt a company or construction program.

Let's begin with Defects!

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean