S&C Electric Company 

A 108-year-old company on a lean journey

Tuesday, Nov. 5 Location Code
8:30am-1:00pm TT/04

No competitors allowed, including: G&W Electric

Starting with grass-roots continuous improvement efforts over 20 years ago, S&C Electric Company developed its Lean Performance System (LPS) almost 10 years ago. LPS is a collection of lean principles, tools and practices integrated in the business structure. Built on the foundation of S&C’s core values and guiding principles, and backed by its 110-year heritage, the success of LPS relies upon a value versus waste philosophy, lean-minded leaders, proven lean techniques and the people of S&C. With the goal of everybody solves problems, the LPS has been positioned to be the way S&C thinks and works.

Specific areas to be covered in the tour include: Standardized work documentation in use to improve quality and help provide process stability; supermarket-based pull systems in use to provide on-time parts delivery and inventory control; value stream model where lean ideas are tested and evaluated using a PDCA approach; visual KPI boards that are set up for a department or a specific process to monitor performance and to display problem-solving activities; TPM used to improve machine reliability and TWI practices. See recent improvements in the sheet metal fabrication and paint systems to support kit-by-kit flow to the mixed-model assembly lines. S&C employees will talk about how their processes have improved with LPS-based changes being implemented.


S&C Electric Company is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching, protection, and control products for electric power transmission and distribution. S&C has global offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, the UK, and Australia. S&C continues to advance new solutions for electric power delivery systems as the electric grid undergoes transformative changes in the 21st century. Utilities are working to integrate renewable energy sources, address peak loading issues, and manage the needs of electric vehicles. Looking at an increasingly complex and dynamic grid, S&C is working closely with it's electric utility customers to understand their electric grids and business challenges they face – then innovating solutions to address their power-delivery challenges. Additionally, S&C offers a wide range of engineering, laboratory, testing, and field services for electric utilities and commercial and industrial power systems. www.sandc.com

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No competitors
  • No photographs
  • No recording devices
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Safety glasses