LTN 2018 schedule

March 15, 2018 – Flinchbaugh Engineering


May 17, 2018 – Brentwood Industries


September 13, 2018 – Misco Products


November 8, 2018 – Four Seasons Produce


TBD – Sometime in the summer of 2018

Next LTN meeting Thursday March 15, 2018 at Flinchbaugh Engineering – POSTPONED

Where:  FEI, 4387 Run Way, York PA 17406-9702
Phone: 717-434-1987
What:  The subject:  FEI was kind enough to fill a hole in our schedule for Q1 2018.  Recently they have brought in completely new customer supplied equipment and, with a lean/Toyota focus in mind, laid it out.  We will be able to observe this new environment and hear a war story or two about the give and take process used to create that environment.
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Hope to see you there

Summary LTN meeting at Inclinator 11/16/17

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!

Next LTN meeting at Inclinator 11.16.17

Where:  Inclinator, 601 Gibson Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17104
Phone: 855-654-7139
When:  Thursday November 16, 2017 from 8:30am to 3pm
What:  The subject:  The go see, tour and subsequent team discussion/brain storming will focus on improving flow and developing a new plant layout to facilitate flow.
Registration are required and must be made by Thursday November 9, 2017.
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Hope to see you there

Next LTN meeting at Adhesives Research October 19, 2017


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.

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Summary LTN meeting August 17, 2017 at Flinchbaugh Engineering

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
  • Inclinator
  • 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.

Next meeting Thursday August 17, 2017 at Flinchbaugh Engineering

When:  Thursday August 17, 2017 Begins: 8:30 until 3:00pm.  Lunch will be served with a cost of $10.  Please bring cash

Where: Flinchbaugh Engineering, 4387 Runway, York, PA 17406

Phone: (717) 755-1900

What:  Reinventing Lean – our story and lessons learned

Who:  Four attendees per member company, PLUS THREE FROM RAYMOND CORP.

Why:  Experience our networks new problem solving/exploration process

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.


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Lunch will be served at a cost of  $10 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



Summary LTN meeting at Raymond Corp 7/11/17

Persistence, persistence, persistence, as explained by Total Process Reliability Supervisor Amber Pratt-Lum and echoed up the chain of command by Geogre Westcott, Fabrication Manager, Tony Topencik, Director of Manufacturing Operations and Rick Harrington Vice President……..with a clear focus on operational improvement objectives and training and including people at all levels within the organization. That is how true excellence is achieved by every body, everyday.

Total Process Reliability, in Raymond Corp’s mind, is a process that focuses on

  • Improving equipment effectiveness and reliability
  • Sharing equipment maintenance responsibilities
  • Improving related skills and knowledge
  • Improving how equipment is designed, manufactured and installed

Total Process Reliability (TPR) is

  • Not a program or event
    • It is a process
  • Not just for maintenance
    • It is also an operational improvement process
  • Not a quick fix
    • It takes 3-5 years to achieve world class TPR

Our thanks for making this a tremendous day of learning and sharing go out to:

  • Paula Winner
  • Rick Harrington
  • Amber Pratt-Lum
  • Geogre Westcott
  • Tony Topencik

Companies in attendance

  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Flinchbaugh Engineering
  • Inclinator
  • Brentwood Industries


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.

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.

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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.