I always find it humbling to tour Raymond Corporation. The level of energy and commitment to customer (internal and external) satisfaction consistently amazes.
Special thanks to George Westcott, Todd, Rick and Amber for helping us see the Toyota Production System in action and notice the consistent, measured application of kaizen throughout the facility.
Companies in attendance:
- Four Seasons Produce
- Benco Dental (our guest)
Next meeting at Misco Products in Reading PA. Thursday September 13, 2018, Subject to be determined. I’ll post the details later this summer.
Many thanks to Gretchen Kusmierz, Leroy Barton, Zach Meredick, Justin Smith, Henry Ramsey, Rich Maguire and the entire Brentwood team for hosting such a successful event.
Fascinating and engaging day for our group, Four Seasons Produce and Restek, at Brentwood Industries.
The day’s objective was to analysis a machine setup and suggest countermeasures to reduce the time from 14 hours to 7 hours.
It is wonderful to observe the power and effectiveness of collective thinking/ team problem solving.
We look forward to hearing how Brentwood’s team proceeds with this experiment. I believe the 7 hour target can be surpassed.
Next meeting Tuesday, June 19th at Raymond Corp. Don’t miss this one
Last summer we again visited Raymond Corporation and were blown away with their systems, processes, inclusion, flow, organization, visuals….you name it. We decided that day that we would come back again to see this Toyota owned company. I know it is vacation season and a long drive (north of Binghamton NY), but I believe this will be worth your time and effort.
Where: THE RAYMOND CORPORATION
22 SOUTH CANAL STREET
GREENE, NEW YORK 13778-0130
When: Tuesday June 19, 2018 9:30am to 3pm (lunch will be provided….please let me know of food allergies and restrictions so I can pass that info on to Raymond Corp. All attendees should bring $10 in cash for lunch.
What: See the Toyota Production System in action. The focus of the day has yet to be determined however, prepare to be blown away by the continuous improvement process present everywhere you go.
Who: Four per member company. Safety: No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available
Registration is required.
I must have names and titles of all attendees by Friday June 8, 2018.
To register email me at: Dwight@dwightbowen.com
Schedule Revised 3/20/18
May 17, 2018 – Brentwood Industries
September 13, 2018 – Misco Products
November 8, 2018 – Four Seasons Produce
TBD – Sometime in the summer of 2018
Thanks to Bill Stratton and his team for a very interesting day.
Inclinator’s A3 focused on future (2019) plant layout, a very broad and exciting topic.
Many, many ideas were discussed, providing Inclinator’s team with an assortment of approaches they may find useful.
Attending member companies:
- Brentwood Industries
- Misco Products
- Four Season’s Produce
- and our guest Raymond Corporation
Next meeting, tentatively at Snap Cabs, will be in Q1 2018. I will pass on the details as soon as I know the date and subject.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Where: Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: (717) 235-7979
When: Thursday April 13, 2017 from 8:30am to 3pmLunch will be provided with a $10 per attendee price (as discussed in January) PLEASE BRING CASH.What: Standardizing and mistake proofing an ongoing problem (each company has a copy of this in A3 format)
Who: Two per member company please as space is limited
Safety: No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.
Registration is required and, as determined in January, will close 10/6/17.
To register please email Dwight@dwightbowen.com
Enthusiasm is abound with the FEI’s Lean Leadership Team (Steve, Tom, John and Justin) and it appears to be contagious as volunteers, such as Jared in building 3, are popping up and accelerating the continuous improvement process.
The days theme was revitalization which needs enthusiasm, energy, inclusion, consistency, trust every minute or every day. Some of us were a bit concerned that too much enthusiasm can lead to loss of focus, expansion of scope and burn out.
Thanks to our hosts Great job by our hosts. Especially Steve, Tom, John and Justin for a very informative and interesting day.
Members in attendance:
- Four Seasons Produce
- Adhesives Research
- Misco Products
- Snap Cap
And our special guests from Raymond Corp., George, Amber and Kelsey.
Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 19, 2017 at Adhesives Research details to follow.