S&C Electric Company 
Intermediate level
Value Stream 3 Innovation

Kit-by-kit pull for flexible manufacturing

Thursday, Oct. 22 Location Code
10:45am-11:45am Room 232/233, 2nd floor ThP/45

Innovation behind a c-type sequenced production system

Explore transformation to an effective c-type system; details on moving from batch production to kits, cutting leadtime; multiple value streams converging in metal forming and finishing operations; link  strategy deployment and operational targets.


Learn how to implement kit-by-kit pull systems for multiple value streams, from the raw steel to finished welded kits for assembly—a successful c-type system at work. Discover how these S&C Electric Company kit-by-kit systems work alongside kanban pull systems, tolerating the ups and downs of equipment and demand. Hear how S&C, with the help of Toyota, has transformed a number of its operations to fit its Lean Performance System (LPS) model. Get details about how the company builds thousands of PME and PMH pad-mounted gear units together with its Vista® and custom metal enclosed switchgear product lines. These value streams share critical resources but are able to run on pull systems with visual controls that respond to changing demands and production challenges. Hear how moving from batch production to kits has cut leadtime from weeks to days. Find information on innovations, including custom-made carts, tablet pull systems and kanban scheduling, moving weld lines and visual supermarkets. Learn to tie strategy deployment to operational targets and to let leaders build the system.


S&C Electric Company is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. The Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for efficient, reliable electric power transmission/distribution. Some of its products are used to switch circuits and others minimize damage to equipment in the event of a fault. Its power quality products can deliver uninterrupted power for an entire facility. S&C offers a range of engineering, laboratory and testing services for electric utilities and commercial, industrial and institutional power systems. www.sandc.com

Speakers: Jim Boss / Kristen Lumetta

Jim Boss has served as the director of U.S. fabrication for S&C Electric Company since 2013. In early 2008, he launched S&C’s newly-formed continuous improvement organization after serving as the manager of IT infrastructure and services. Boss has an MBA from Loyola University.

Kristen Lumetta is the manager of metal forming and finishing at S&C Electric Company.