WVMEP Newsletter - October 2016 - Issue 1
Industrial Building Lit Up At Night
Welcome to the first edition of our bi-monthly newsletter. West Virginia University’s Industrial Extension-West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership will be producing and distributing this newsletter to our clients and partners across the state. The newsletter will provide information on upcoming events, special services and resources available from WVU and the WVMEP and information about our many partners around the state. Each newsletter will have focus sections about our services, our partners and our staff. We hope you will find this information helpful and informative as you go about the daily work of running your business.

If you have suggestions for future issues, please send them to us via email.

Gerald Biser
Director, West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Men Conducting Safety Inspection
Did you know West Virginia manufacturers must report a fatality or severe injury? In fact, all employers are required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within eight hours. An in-patient hospitalization, amputation or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours.

To make a report, call the nearest OSHA office or the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 800-321-6742. Reports can also be made online. Be prepared to supply business name, name(s) of employee(s) affected, location and time of the incident, brief description of the incident and contact person and phone number.

For more information on this topic or to ask a question related to safety and health, please contact John A. Frazer, at 304-303-3110.
Man Working On Value Stream Mapping
Service Solutions: Value Stream Mapping
Every day people discuss problems, put out fires and try to find the best way to move forward to strengthen and grow their business. However, it is not every day that people review a process from start to finish to see how changes in one area affect other areas or to look for improvement opportunities. So where do you begin? The answer is value stream mapping.

Value stream mapping is a lean manufacturing concept that allows you to take control of your company and transition from reactionary problem solving to proactive improvement and growth. Through discussion, review and assessment, the WVUIE/MEP team will help you identify what steps are adding value to your process, where non-value adding activities exist and how to eliminate non-value adding activities. Value stream mapping provides a number of benefits including a solid foundation for continuous improvement, a more thorough understanding of the process, areas where additional capacity can be utilized, areas where people and teams may be overloaded and identification of potential bottlenecks, to name a few. To learn more about value stream mapping and how it can help your company, contact David Carrick.
ISO 9001 Quality Solutions
Quality Solutions
ISO 9001:2015 has launched and will require companies currently certified ISO 9001:2008 to be in compliance with the new standard by September 2018. What does this mean for you? It means that your quality system may need to be upgraded, which can be an overwhelming task. Have questions? WVU Industrial Extension/MEP can help! Contact Michelle Kyker for more information.
Woman Inspecting Lab Samples
Resource Solutions: WVU Shared Research Facilities Available
The same research instruments used by WVU faculty to understand shale geochemistry, develop advanced materials for batteries and energy efficient lighting, create new sensors and make microfluidic devices for cancer research are also available for companies to use at the WVU Shared Research Facilities. Instruments are available by the hour for use by a company’s own staff with training from the SRF’s experts or companies may submit samples for analysis by the SRF staff.

SRF has provided services for firms from small technology companies to large multinationals including Protea Biosciences Group, Inc., developer of bioanalytical technologies; Lumenari, Inc.; and ECER Technologies, developers of advanced lighting; AddiLat, a touchscreen sensor developer; Applies Sciences, Inc., a specialty carbon materials developer; and Constellium’s Ravenswood facility, maker of advanced plate products for manufacturing and aerospace applications.

SRF offers electron microscopy (SEM, TEM); materials characterization (XRD, XPS, AFM, FTIR, confocal microscopy); mass spectrometry especially well-suited for proteomics (LC-MS/MS) and cleanroom facilities offering e-beam lithography, wet chemical processing, metallization and deposition; reactive ion etching; thermal processing; and sample packaging in class-100, class-1,000 and class-10,000 spaces. A non-disclosure agreement is included in the SRF’s standard contract. For more information, visit SRF’s website or contact Trina Wafle at 304-293-6038.
Man Working On Gears
Huntington Plating, Inc.
Huntington Plating, Inc. is a full-service machine and plating job shop, providing manufacturing, repair and plating services to a wide range of industrial markets since 1947. Throughout the years the scope and capabilities of HPI have expanded, evolving along with its customer base. The Machine and Hydraulics Division and Manufacturing Division were added to provide customers with a one-stop shop for both repairs and manufacturing. Huntington Plating remains a family owned business. Its entire team is committed to providing customers with the highest-quality work and the best service available, carrying on the mission our company was founded upon.

“Preparing to take over management and primary responsibility of an industrial business in the United States during the current economic and regulatory climate is an overwhelming prospect, to say the least. In order to create a long term strategic plan that will guide our family business through another generation of sustainability, I felt it was critical to understand exactly where we stood as a company, both operationally and administratively.

“Thankfully, I learned of WVMEP and the services they provide, including the E3 Assessment. The assessment process was thorough and robust, covering all areas of the business I was interested in understanding better. The WVMEP employees that came to our location to conduct the assessment were all knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The observations and recommendations they made have proven to be accurate and highly beneficial. We decided to engage WVMEP further to help us complete some of the projects that were identified during the E3 Assessment. We are currently in the middle of this work and are already seeing results. I look forward to a long, productive partnership with WVMEP.”

--Marc Houvouras, General Manager
Upcoming Events
Innovation Workshop
December 1
Fairmont, WV
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West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6070, Morgantown, WV 26506-6070
Phone: 304.293.4211
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