Posts By: Dwight Bowen

Summary Philips Ultrasound February 25, 2016

Hard work, continuous improvement and a wonderful collective spirit were noticed by all attendees. Overburden or Muri is the challenge as demand continues to increase while space (in a very well organized plant) is at a premium. Flow and overall capacity are the primary focus of Dave Lauder, his peers and his team.  This is… Read more »

Next meeting Thursday 2/25/16 at Philips Ultrasound

When – 9am to 12pm  Thursday February 25, 2016 What – Theme: “Daily Management – problem solving escalation system”  Currently in early implementation phase Where: Philips Ultrasound 1 Echo Drive Reedsville PA TEL: (717) 667-5000 Why:   Opportunity to observe, ask questions and listen to feedback regarding this challenging experiment.  Escalation systems require people to follow… Read more »

Summary Rose Corporation 12/10/15

We toured assembly, machining, shipping/receiving and blast/paint in the morning.  Wow!  I have been working with Rose for 11 years and was blown away by the improvements and engagement of the teams.  All tour presentations were provided by those who do the work.  A very, very impressive morning.  Congratulations to all at Rose. Tom McDevitt… Read more »

Next LTN meeting – full day Tour and Safety Roundtable

When – 9am to 4pm  Thursday December 10, 2015 What – Theme: Morning session – Rose’s “house of change”, Afternoon – Safety Roundtable – Rose Corp and Misco will present, followed by interactive discussion, learning and sharing. Where: Rose Corporation 401 N. 8TH STREET READING, PA 19612-5208 TEL: 610.376.5004Why:   SAFETY FIRST…..the ultimate statement of respect… Read more »

Summary Green Leaf Plants 11/12/15

From Andrew Bishop taking over in my absence: Misco, Rose, Inclinator, Adhesives Research and Four Seasons were present at today’s meeting. We saw a some good things, among them: ·         Lots of visual controls, visual displays and visual work orders,  including visual work orders that are examples of direct connections:  work processes connected by a… Read more »

Next LTN Meeting reschedule for Thursday November 12, 2015

When – 9am to noon  Thursday November 12, 2015 What – Theme:  Standardized work (vs. Standard Work) in highly variable work environment Where:  Green Leaf Plants™ 2369 Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA  17602 Why:   Green Leaf is always a great tour as Andrew and his team really do continuous improvement.  Come see, ask question and… Read more »

Summary Brentwood Industries 10/15/15

Our first visit to Brentwood Industries gorgeous campus east of Reading. The focus of the day was 8D problem solving.  During the tour we spent quite a bit of time asking the people doing the work to discuss the process. Good feedback with respect to the process.  Those questioned appreciated being included in problem solving… Read more »

Next LTN meeting THE AFTERNOON of October 15, 2015

Who – Max of 3 per member company What – Problem solving using 8D The 8D steps and tools used are as follows: D0: Prepare for the 8D D1: Form a Team D2: Describe the Problem D3: Interim Containment Action D4: RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and Escape Point D5: Permanent Corrective Action D6: Implement and… Read more »

Summary Inclinator September 3, 2015

The networks first visit to Inclinator who has recently begun their continuous improvement journey.  We saw lots of progress and tons of opportunity. We were all impressed by the enthusiasm demonstrated by everyone we spoke with.  Inclinator’s future looks very bright with this level of employee buy in. Thanks to everyone at Inclinator who help… Read more »