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MAMTC (Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center) helps Kansas manufacturers address challenges and achieve success.

We do this by:

  • Connecting manufacturing enterprises with vetted and trusted resources;
  • Providing information and education to manufacturers and affiliated industries;
  • Advocating for critical local and global manufacturing issues throughout Kansas and beyond.

MAMTC is a not-for-profit corporation supported by a public and private partnership of Kansas companies, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP).

MEP or the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a Network of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) within the US Department of Commerce.

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When a manufacturing company located in Kansas is in need of solving an issue or specialized training at a very competitive cost, MAMTC is the source to call upon.  Although our services are not free, they are tailored for manufacturers and will produce a rate of return that will make them seem free.

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Our competitive fee for service structure along with NIST’s nominal funding allows us to employ talented engineers and highly experienced service providers here in Kansas.  Where SBDCs have a part to play with startups and smaller manufacturers early on, MAMTC provides in depth customized services for our more mature clients as they continue to seek to improve both their top and bottom lines.

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We are often asked, “Which improvement approach, Lean or Six Sigma, is better?” “What are the main differences?” While I know these questions have and continue to be debated by both Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, I want to have a “lite” discussion on the topics of Lean and Six Sigma. Specifically, by the end of this discussion, I hope you have a better understanding of the unique characteristics of both Lean and Six Sigma.

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We frequently call on clients in Kansas who are part of larger organizations with headquarters or corporate offices located in another state. The local contacts say they would like to work with us, but the decision is not theirs to make, has to be approved by the home office, or may not be consistent with organizational strategy. In any of those cases, the local plant's hands are tied and believe they are stuck between a rock and hard place - the desire to work with us and improve productivity and the requirement to satisfy corporate ownership. Sounds like a real dilemma. Sound familiar?

Never fear, your friendly neighborhood MEP, MAMTC, has a few solutions.

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Our fees are market competitive but if you need additional financial assistance, we can connect you to resources that will evaluate whether there are funds available to match your needs.