Carrie Struss

Milwaukee Tool

Session Info

Bringing Lean Concepts to Fabrication Workstations

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This extended workshop will combine education on lean concepts for fabrication with a hands-on design build for fabrication operations specific to each trade.  Led by Carrie Struss and Alan Gasvoda, Lean Leaders for Milwaukee Tool, the session will begin by understanding how lean concepts can be applied to fabrication across the MEP trades. Attendees will learn by doing as they break up into groups to apply the concepts into designs for each trade – electrical, sheet metal, plumbing and mechanical.

The breakouts will allow attendees to think about process, position, material flow and workspace in an effort to minimize all extra movement, motion and wasted time.  In the process, each breakout will come up with a design concept of how to maximize efficiency at each station to share with the group and generate ideas that they can take back and apply to their own shops.

Lean Fabrication Concepts Applied to MEP Trades

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Lean construction maximizes value to optimize the entire process, using controlled manufacturing to create identical products. Fabrication allows for the most direct application of lean concepts in our industry with a controlled environment, specialized tools, and workstations. This session will discuss ways to improve fabrication facilities across the MEP trades to apply lean concepts, using examples of how to design fabrication workstations with lean concepts.


Carrie started her career in the Automotive Industry and has spent over 15 years in manufacturing roles including Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management, and Lean/Six Sigma. She joined Milwaukee Tool in 2014 at one of their manufacturing sites and spearheaded cost savings through flow and Lean concepts. Since then, she has taken on increased responsibility and is now in the transactional space of the corporate office, Service and Distribution. She has a passion for process improvement while working with all functions of the business to drive value by leveraging the powerful combination of people, process, and technology. Outside of work she enjoys running 5K & 10K races and cheering on her two boys at baseball, rock climbing, or track.

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