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Summary LTN meeting at Tobyhanna Army Depot 9/22/16

Walking in to the “Lean/Continuous Improvement” conference room at Tobyhanna Army Depot, I was struck by the SEVEN Shingo Prize awarded to the depot.  I was then told they are pushing to win their eighth prize in 2017.  An impressive commitment to continuous improvement, their customers (soldiers in harms way), their people and to the competitiveness of the depot.

As usual, the tour of a small portion of the enormous depot was fascinating.  Michael McKeefry and his team first took us to “Hiriam’s department”.  Hiriam and his team have turned  their department around through the effective application of their collective thinking and effort.  Great psychological climate (no blame and respect) = engaged associates = lots of ideas = (accountability) continuous improvement.  Great work Hiriam and team.

We were also taken to an area being challenged by issues of purchased parts availability and quality…..two indicators of instability.  It was very interesting to hear the daily focus John Ross and his team have mitigating problems one by one……..an exhausting and extremely difficult job as new problems continue to pop up.

Watching the turret operate in the “CROWS” department was fun and help us focus on the need for the depot and appreciation of the entire facilities efforts.

THANKS TO ALL AT TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT FOR A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

In attendance:

  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Rose Corporation
  • Brentwood Industries

Our next two meetings are:

Four Seasons Produce 10/13/16

Inclinator 11/17/16

Details to follow

 

Next meeting Thursday September 22, 2016 (new date) at Tobyhanna Army Depot

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

When: Thursday September 22, 2016 arrive by 8:15 as getting through the security gate may take a few minutes.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

There will be a fee for lunch of $12.00 per attendee.  Please bring cash.

Who:  Up to four attendees per member company.  TO ATTEND YOU MUST REGISTER BY MONDAY September 19, 2016

to register, please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

thank you very much

What:  See agenda below

Why:  The Depot has won several Shingo Prizes that alone is a compelling reason to go see.

     Itinerary for the Visit of

Lean Thinking Network

22 Sep 16

 

TIME EVENT LOCATION PERSONNEL INVOLVED
0830 Arrival Building 20 Danielle E. Weinschenk, D/Continuous Process Improvement
0900 Lean Six Sigma at Tobyhanna Army Depot Washington Room Mr. Robert Haas, Director, Continuous Process Improvement

 

See Note 1

0930 Tour

–       AN/TPS-75

–       AN/ASM-146/147

–       CROWS

Various Locations See Note 2
Tour   See Note 2
1130 Working Lunch Washington Room See Note 3
1300 Departure    

 

Purpose: To benchmark Lean Six Sigma and 6S initiatives at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

 

Lunch will be $12 per person ….cash only

 

Point of contact for this Itinerary is Danielle Weinschenk, (570) 615-7418.

Team Tobyhanna – Excellence in Electronics!

Raymond Corporation Tour Summary

LTN team

Here we are at Raymond Corporation a Toyota owned manufacturer of forklifts, lift trucks and Material Handling Solutions.

Our gracious and humble hosts took us deep into their facility to watch how they do their work and train operators in the best current way to do the work.  The training philosophy and concept at Raymond are as good as I have witnessed, respectful and accountable.

Most of us felt as if we could absorb only a small portion of the massive array of visuals, measures, practices, approach to a line stoppage etc.  As a result, both Raymond and our network agreed that a followup visit in a year or so would be of benefit.  If you missed Tuesdays tour, I would strongly encourage you to attend next years visit to Raymond Corp.

In attendance:

  • Adhesives Research
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Brentwood Industries
  • Misco Products
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot

Thanks to all in attendance for making this one of our best meetings.  Special thanks to our Erin Edwards for making the contact, Rick Harrington, Paula Winner, Liz Buza, Tony Topencik and Peter Saladis for making this day a success.

Our August 11 meeting at Restek has been cancelled.

Our next scheduled meeting is at Tobyhanna Army Depot Thursday September 15, 2016.  Details to follow.

Next meeting at Raymond Corp Tuesday July 26

Erin Edwards of Four Season’s Produce, met Rick Harrington VP of Operations at The Raymond Corp., at Tobyhanna Army Depot’s annual Lean Learning Conference.  Erin was quite impressed, and passed the info to me.  I think this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to see a new environment and learn.

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 26, 2016 8:30am to Noon

What:  See the Kaizen Genchi 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 Wednesday July 20, 2016.

To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Summary LTN meeting at Misco Products 5/19/16

Misco Products is into their sixteenth year of continuous improvement.  Today we look at another experiment they are undertaking: creating a quick response Quality Management team.  Over the years Misco has gained market share by developing process velocity……significantly reducing lead-time.  In recent years the company has decided to significantly expand their product offerings.  Speed and complexity create daily challenges.

The focus of today’s meeting was the number five cell which requires operators to select matching nozzles and fill tubes.  The network was asked observe this condition.  After directly observing the condition, we discussed many possible options, as countermeasures, in the debrief.

I was delighted to see evidence of Misco’s aggressive approach to continuous improvement.  It is obvious Misco is continuously experimenting and continuously learning.

Our thanks to Misco Products, especially Becky Banks, for hosting a compelling event.  Great job Misco!!!

In attendance:

Adhesives Research

Four Season Produce

Brentwood Industries

Rose Corporation

 

Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 11 at Restek.

Next network meeting Thursday May 19, 2016 @ Misco Products

Misco has developed a Quality Management Team.  This team was developed to address quality issues that are brought up both internally and from our customers.  One of the quality issues we have discussed many times at our Quality Management Meetings is the fact that we often use the incorrect insert in our bottles that are run in “Cell 5”.  As a Quality Management Team we have developed put several processes in place in the cell to prevent use of the wrong insert as well as make sure we run the correct amount of bottles.  We would like to present our Quality Management Team, evaluate the improvements put in place as well as analyze the function of the cell to see if the group would be able to identify any additional improvements.

Our Quality Management Team will be available at the meeting to present our project as well as answer any questions during the cell evaluation.

Where:  Misco Products, 1048 Stinson Drive, Reading PA 19605, phone 610-926-4106

When:  Thursday May 19, 2016 from 9am until Noon.

What:  The live, interactive subject will be Misco’s Quality System Evaluation.

Who:  Three per member company (we will have some additional room, please contact me for additional attendee registration)

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available

Registration is required.  To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

LTN tentative schedule for balance of 2016

Lean Thinking Network – Tentative schedule for balance of 2016

Details to follow as our hosts finalize their subjects.

 

Host                                        Subject                                   Date

Misco Products                      TBD                                         5/19/16

Restek                                     TBD                                         8/11/16

Tobyhanna Army Depot       TBD                                         9/15/16

Four Seasons Produce          Goals/measurement             10/13/16

Inclinator                               Year in review                         11/17/16

Summary LTN meeting at Adhesives Research 4/14/16

Amazing commitment, persistance and focus by the team at Adhesives Research. Once again proving Bruce Hamilton’s moto “everybody, everyday”…..that is what it takes to make a huge impact on an organization.

Today Adhesives Research’s team demonstrated how effective constant attention and measurement can be as they recently celebrated 1700 days without a loss time accident.

The network member guests where wowed by the opportunity to participate in an actual safety audit as well as a job hazard analysis. In the future I plan to help host develop schemes that allow network member guests to participate in an actual activity.

Special thanks to Tom Bezek, Donna Paley and the entire safety committee get a great job presenting and you showing us how they do some other tasks.

Attendees:

  • Rose Corp
  • Misco Products
  • Inclinator
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Restek
  • Philips Ultrasound

Next meeting will be held May 19, 2016 at Misco Products…..details to follow

 

Thanks to all for a very informative day.

Next Meeting Thursday April 14, 2016

Where:  Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: (717) 235-7979

When:  Thursday April 14, 2016 from 9am until Noon.

What:  Safety – See how attention and hard work can create and maintain a very safe workplace.

Who:  Three per member company

Safety:  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.

Registration is required.  To register please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

Next LTN meeting Thursday March 17, 2016 at Tobyhanna Army Depot *POSTPONED*

POSTPONED  POSTPONED  POSTPONED

 

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

When: Thursday March 17, 2016 arrive by 8:15 as getting through the security gate may take a few minutes.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

There will be a fee for lunch of $9.00 per attendee.

Who:  Up to four attendees per member company.  TO ATTEND YOU MUST REGISTER BY MONDAY MARCH 14, 2016

to register, please go to:

http://dwightbowen.com/contact/

thank you very much

What:  See agenda below

Why:  The Depot has won several Shingo Prizes that alone is a compelling reason to go see.

  Itinerary for the Visit of

Lean Thinking Network

17 Mar 16

 

TIME EVENT LOCATION PERSONNEL INVOLVED
0830 Arrival Building 20 Danielle E. Weinschenk, D/Productivity Improvement and Innovation
0900 Lean Six Sigma at Tobyhanna Army Depot Washington Room Mr. Robert Haas, Director, Continuous Process Improvement

See Note 1

0930 Tour – AN/ASM-146/147 Line See Note 2
1130 Working Lunch Lean Six Sigma Room See Note 3
1300 Departure    

 

Purpose: To benchmark Lean Six Sigma and 6S initiatives at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

 

Lean Thinking Network attendees will be:

 

 

Notes:

 

  • Also attending the Lean Six Sigma briefing will be:

           

Mr. Hiram Gillyard, Chief, Fabrication and Assembly Division, D/Systems Integration and Support

Mr. Michael McKeefery, Chief, Process Improvement Division

Ms. Weinschenk

 

  • Also attending the tour will be:

 

 

  • Personnel at Lunch will be:

 

 

 

 

Point of contact for this Itinerary is Danielle Weinschenk, (570) 615-7418.

Team Tobyhanna – Excellence in Electronics!