Details to follow. All events, except for October at Brentwood Industries, begin at 9am ending by noon.
Date Host Subject
9/3/15 Inclinator Beginning the journey
10/15/15 Brentwood Industries TBD – *this event will begin at 1pm ending at 4pm
11/5/15 Green Leaf Enterprises TBD
12/10/15 Rose Corporation TBD
Hope to see you all at these great opportunities to see, hear and question improvement and it’s challenges.
Facilitated and reported by Andrew Bishop – thank you for doing a great job Andrew!
C. F. Martin & Co. were very generous with us. We were not given the run-of-the-mill tour, but were guided through the process by Gene Hracho, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, who had a wealth of insight into process and also joined us for post-tour debriefing. I offered Gene an “out”, but he was agreeable to participating in our “best practice/opportunity for improvement” recitation in the conference room post-tour.
The only weakness in our feedback to him resulted from some of us being “starstruck” (Becky Banks’ words) by the fascinating processes and iconic brand, and consequently blinded to flaws!
Integration of the high-tech manufacturing methods with timeless craft was really fun to see – shaping a tone bar by hand with a chisel without marking or guide a few feet from lasers cutting out parts with a flash and a puff of smoke. There was a lot of good attention to ergonomics and safety and lots of creativity displayed by manufacturing support groups creating and maintaining machines, tools and jigs.
The major opportunities observed related to pathways and flow – spaghetti maps that could feed a family and lots of WIP on racks (between stations? Hard to tell with the lack of clarity in pathways). Nothing that we haven’t seen at our Network partners – and no surprise to Gene.
Attendees represented Misco Products, Four Seasons Produce, Restek, Brentwood, and Green Leaf Plants.
Next meeting Thursday September 3, 2015 at Inclinator in Harrisburg. For details and to register (a requirement), please go to:
News from Andrew Bishop…
We are booked for a tour at Martin Guitar, 9:00 Thursday, August 13. They do tour groups of 15, so if we get more than 15, we will have two tours, with the second group starting at 9:10. Our upper limit is 30; no loss if we turn up with 15 or less. They asked that we give them a firm head count a few days in advance, so I’d suggest closing registration for the LTN on Monday afternoon, August 10.
There is a $3 charge per head.
Tour lasts an hour.
I invited the tour coordinator to address an invitation to their operations management to hear “post-tour” comments from us, having pointed out that we are a group of “critical friends” in manufacturing who offer this service to each other on a rotating basis.
I’ve got a couple of recommendations for a post-tour gathering, but I’m HOPING that they will bite on my invitation to join us for post-tour and then offer us a meeting room!
C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
510 Sycamore Street
P. O. Box 329
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
(excluding national US holidays). Holiday/Shutdown Schedule
Registration is a requirement for attendance. REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Thank you very much
When: Thursday Sept 3, 2015 from 9am to noon
Where: Inclinator Company of America, 601 Gibson Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17104 –
What: “Beginning the journey – lessons learned”
Who: Max of 3 attendees per member company
Why: A new member hosting for the first time discussing what they have learned in their first year of Lean/continuous improvement
Safety/Security: no open toed shoes: please bring safety glasses if you have them, otherwise Inclinator will provide them; hearing protection not required; pictures allowed at the discretion of Inclinator employees (focus on Lean related pictures).
Please help our host by registering. Click below to do so.
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Captain Dan Bezek discusses visual tools
Very interesting and exciting morning at the Manheim Township Fire Department.
Amazing how many lean tools are in place without knowing they are lean tools. Great stuff!
Thanks to Captain Dan Bezek (and his father long time LTN member Tom Bezek) and Dan’s entire team.
Attending member companies included:
- Green Leaf Enterprises
- Rose Corp.
- Four Seasons Produce
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
- Adhesives Research
- Brentwood Industries
Our next meeting date is in the works as we will likely visit in early August, Martin Guitar in the Allentown area.
The morning of Thursday September 3, 2015 we will meet at Inclinator Corp. in Harrisburg. Details to follow.
When – Thursday June 11th – 9:00 am to noon
Where – Manheim Township Fire Rescue Eden Fire Company, 1695 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
What and Why – Workplace organization (5s or 6s) at it’s best because it saves lives and property.
Max attendees 3 per member company
Please, please, please register as space is limited and we may have to turn away those who did not register.
I have toured Adhesives Research at least five times in the last ten years and always notice improvement. Ten years on improvements with many more targets on their short term horizon. The networks May 7, 2015 was no exception as the A/R team has been focusing on reducing waste in Receiving and Setup Reduction.
A/R had the people who did the work explain their practice of the scientific method (PDCA).
The morning touched many aspects of continuous improvement, by seeing, listen and discussing.
Thanks to everyone at Adhesives Research who help make the morning successful.
Four Seasons Produce
Green Leaf Enterprises
Tentative schedule for balance of 2015
June 11, 2015 – Tour Manheim Township Fire Department
Mid August tbd – Tour Harley Davidson York Plant – facilitated by Andrew Bishop
September 3, 2015 – Inclinator – our first tour.
October – tbd – tour Brentwood Industries – our first tour
November – working on it.
December – Our networks first “Safety Forum” at Rose Corporation.
Where: Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: (717) 235-7979
When: Thursday May 7, 2015 from 9am until Noon.
What: Machine Changeover, and New Equipment Installation
Who: Three per member company
Safety: No opened toed shoes, safety glasses required and available.
Registration is required. To register please go to:
The primary focus of our network is fostering and supporting continuous improvement and Four Seasons again demonstrated by showing us the improvements made since our last visit (January 2014). Great work team!
The afternoon embraced PDCA in action as we experimented with a facilitated roundtable format. The afternoon topics examined what does and does not work to improve engagement and training. I and those I spoke with afterwards, thought the process a wonderful learning and collaborative experience. Please let me know your thoughts.
Tobyhanna Army Depot
Thanks to the team at Four Seasons for their participation in our event.
We have a hole in our April schedule and will try to fill it. Please contact me if you can host April 9 or April 11. However, Thursday May 7, 2015 at Adhesives Research is confirmed. Details to follow.
Where: Four Seasons Produce. 400 Wabash Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 717-721-2800
When: Thursday March 12, 2015 from 9am until 3pm.
What: The subject and the tour will focus on Logistics and velocity.
We have modified our “experimental” afternoon roundtable discussions….
The afternoon will introduce a network experimental “roundtable”, the subjects being 1. employee engagement and, 2. effective and ineffective training- We would like to focus most on war stories of failures and lessons learned. We plan to have two groups (one per subject), in breakout sessions. Each group will then report out to the other followed by some facilitated Q&A.
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 is required. To register please go to: