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LTN meeting at the Raymond Corp., in Greene NY

Last summer we 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.  The focus of the day will be Total Productive Maintenance and Overall Equipment Effectiveness.  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 July 11, 2017 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.  Raymond is gracious enough to provide our lunch at no charge.

What:  See the Kaizen Genchi, focusing on machine availability, review process first-hand! Tony Topencik, Director of Manufacturing Operations at The Raymond Corporation will take you through the Kaizen Genchi Review Process that he conducts every month with staff managers.  The Genchi activity is a detailed monthly review of the best Kaizen submissions from Raymond employees.  You will also see each Kaizen implemented at different stops on the tour and see the actual results!

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 30, 2017.

To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Summary – LTN meeting at Tobyhanna Army Depot May 25, 2017

Our first test of the system the network developed in January worked generally as it was planned!  The same process will be used in August at Flinchbaugh as we continue to learn more ways to strengthen our network’s learning, inclusion, and activities. P D C A in action.

Our thanks to Michael McKeefery, Chris Simko and their open and engaged team for a terrific day.

A job well done Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Member companies in attendance:

  • Adhesives Research
  • Misco Products
  • Inclinator Corp
  • Brentwood Industries

Next meeting Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Raymond Corp, in Greene NY….details to follow.

Next Meeting at Tobyhanna Army Depot May 25, 2017

When:  Thursday May 25, 2017…..arrive early to allow time to get through security Begins: 8:30 until 3:00pm.  Lunch will be served with a cost of $12.  Please bring cash

Where:  Tobyhanna Army Depot, 11 Hap Arnold Blvd., Tobyhanna, PA 18466-5000

What:  TBD…Awaiting the A3 from Tobyhanna

Who:  Three attendees per member company

Why:  Experience our networks new problem solving/exploration process

Requirements to be met two weeks prior to each LTN hosted meeting:

The host will provide the network, in A3 format, the problem to be analyzed at the meeting, including some background, overview of root cause analysis and observed issues caused by the problem.  The “target condition” will also be identified.

As a courtesy to our hosts, REGISTRATION FOR ALL MEETINGS MUST BE MADE, NO LATER THAN, TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE

Lunch will be served at a cost of  $12 to each attendee

Standard Meeting Agenda

8:30 – 8:50 – Introductions

8:50 – 9:20 – Action Item – follow-up on action item(s) from previous meeting

9:20 – 11:20 – Focused tour and review

11:20 – 11:30 – BREAK

11:30 – Noon – Initial A3 discussion

Noon – 3:00 – Working lunch A3 countermeasures

Registration is required and, as determined in January, will close 3/30/17.

To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Information required to register, and gain entrance to the Depot:

TITLE (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.)
POSITION (Example: Director of Planning; Budget Analyst; VP of Operations)
RANK/GRADE (if applicable)

Are any SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS needed?: (i.e. Wheelchair, dietary, interpreter for deaf/hard of hearing, other)

Revised 2017 Lean Thinking Network Schedule

  • May 25, 2017 – Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • June 6, 2017 LTN will again visit the amazing Raymond Corporation in Greene NY
  • August 17, 2017 – Flinchbaugh Engineering
  • October 19, 2017 – Adhesives Research
  • November 16, 2017 – Inclinator
  • Our 2018 schedule
  • Q1 – Snap Cab
  • Q2 – Rose Corp
  • Q3- Misco Products
  • Q4- Four Seasons Produce

Requirements to be met two weeks prior to each LTN hosted meeting:

The host will provide the network, in A3 format, the problem to be analyzed at the meeting, including some background, overview of root cause analysis and observed issues caused by the problem.  The “target condition” will also be identified.

As a courtesy to our hosts, REGISTRATION FOR ALL MEETINGS MUST BE MADE, NO LATER THAN, TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE

Lunch will be served at a cost of $8 to $12 to each attendee

Next LTN Meeting at Adhesives Research Thursday April 13, 2017

CANCELLED!!!   CANCELLED!!!   CANCELLED!!!
Where:  Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: (717) 235-7979When:  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 3/30/17.

To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Summary LTN’s Continuous Improvement Owners Summit 1/19/17 Four Season Produce

Here is my summary of the teams amazing thinking:

We will have four full day LTN hosted meeting per year.

  • Our 2017 schedule REVISED
  • April 13, 2017 – Adhesives Research
  • May 25, 2017 – Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • June 6, 2017 LTN will again visit the amazing Raymond Corporation in Greene NY
  • August 17, 2017 – Flinchbaugh Engineering
  • November 16, 2017 – Inclinator
  • Our 2018 schedule
  • Q1 – Snap Cab
  • Q2 – Rose Corp
  • Q3- Misco Products
  • Q4- Four Seasons Produce

Requirements to be met two weeks prior to each LTN hosted meeting:

The host will provide the network, in A3 format, the problem to be analyzed at the meeting, including some background, overview of root cause analysis and observed issues caused by the problem.  The “target condition” will also be identified.

As a courtesy to our hosts, REGISTRATION FOR ALL MEETINGS MUST BE MADE, NO LATER THAN, TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE

Lunch will be served at a cost of $8 to $12 to each attendee

Standard Meeting Agenda

8:30 – 8:50 – Introductions

8:50 – 9:20 – Action Item – follow-up on action item(s) from previous meeting

9:20 – 11:20 – Focused tour and review

11:20 – 11:30 – BREAK

11:30 – Noon – Initial A3 discussion

Noon – 3:00 – Working lunch A3 countermeasures

LTN’s individual member “Project Improvement Status Database”

Keith Weinschenk of Tobyhanna Army Depot will develop the format in Excel and pass it on (by 1/31/17) to Jon Conner at FEI to be made available to our group via Google Docs.

 

 

Summary LTN meeting at Inclinator 11/17/16

Commitment and progress through engaged people, is what we saw and heard.  Inclinator’s “University Room”  was filled with process maps and lists of opportunities.  The team, lead by Bill Stratton, makes problems ugly.  Great stuff!

The subject was “the handoff from sales/engineering to operations”.  I suspect we will revisit this subject in the future as it is a challenge for most of us .

Attending members:

Four Seasons Produce

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Adhesives Research

and our guest Flinchbaugh Engineering

 

The owners of each member company’s continuous improvement program have been invited to our “Continuous Improvement Owners Summit” Thursday January 19, 2017 at Four Seasons, where we will develop a network plan for 2017.

 

 

Next LTN meeting at Inclinator Thursday November 17, 2016

Where:  Inclinator, 601 Gibson Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17104
Phone: 855-654-7139
When:  Thursday November 17, 2016 from 8:30am to Noon
What:  The subject:  The supply/demand hand=off, business process mapping, ERP and continued improvementWho:  Four per member companySafety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.

Registration by 11/14/16  is required.  To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Thank you

Summary LTN meeting 10/13/16 at Four Seasons

Many of us have been confronted with a challenge to improve productivity and lower costs in a specific area.  I believe it is natural to pinpoint the weakest links in that “system” , then quickly begin working to make improvements.  Often, this process is managed top down, because “we are smarter and more experienced with improvement than the people doing the work”, and after all, we need these improvments FAST.

Maybe there is a better, sustainable way to the same goal.  It may be slower, but it is better, as improvement with inclusion often leads to goals being easily achieved and opportunities appearing everywhere.  Perhaps, the people doing the work know much more about the real problems and how to fix them.  This is what the team at Four Seasons Produce did with their packaging Pod #1.  An amazing story of how to do continuous improvement…….

Thanks again to the April, Erin, Dave and Jose, Mike, Tina and Jadeira (and the entire team including the second shift) who work in Pod #1.

An overwhelmingly good day.

Companies attending

  • Inclinator
  • Misco
  • Brentwood
  • Adhesives Research

Next meeting Thursday November 17, 2016 at Inclinator.  Details to follow.

Next meeting Thursday October 13, 2016 at Four Seasons Produce

Where:  Four Seasons Produce. 400 Wabash Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 717-721-2800

When:  Thursday October 13, 2016 from 8:30am to Noon

What:  The subject:  Journey through numbers.  How analytics are helping us make better business decisions.

Who:  Four per member company

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.  Bring along a jacket for the plant tour as many areas are refrigerated.

Registration by 10/10/16  is required.  To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Thank you