Essex Industries 
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Sustaining the lean journey

5S, 3D printing, A3 problem-solving, setup standardization and more at Essex Industries

Experience 5S, visual management and setup standardization in Essex's machining process. Tour the assembly area and see how it utilizes a 3D printer to make custom 5S tool holders and job aids. Hear how Essex is training employees in A3 across the company and using it to solve problems in multiple areas. See examples of how visual management is used in the plant to communicate across the organization.


Essex has been on its lean journey for two years. This tour will take you through areas where Essex has successfully implemented lean tools as well as areas where it still needs to improve. You will see and learn about 5S, SMED and visual management, employee engagement and more. Discover how Essex is using 3D printing and a vinyl printer to enhance its 5S program. Finally, Essex will share its new lean training certification program and related insights.


Founded in 1947 by Harold and Sidney Guller in their father’s basement, Essex Industries has grown to seven facilities, with over 260,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 400+ employees. The Gullers’ first product, an F-214 Radio Noise Filter, was designed to meet a specific requirement for that aircraft. Over the past seven decades, the product range has grown to include a variety of platform controls and aircraft components. As a result, Essex Industries has been a part of virtually every major military and commercial aerospace program since 1947.


A background check is required. Participant and company names will be checked against the government consolidated screening database, which verifies participants are U.S. citizens with no issues with the U.S. government. Only U.S. persons working for a U.S. registered company will be allowed on this tour.