Next LTN meeting December 4, 2014 at Restek

Where – Restek Corporation, 110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte, PA:  phone 814-353-1300

When – Thursday December 4, 2014 arrive 8:30, begin 9:00am end noon

Who – max of 3 attendees per member company

What – Will be looking on the mfg floor where focus is renewed on 5S, and beginning the lean journey

Safety – Closed toe shoes
Long pants/slack etc, – no shorts, skirts, half length pants
Safety glasses required
No photo’s

Why – Let’s go see and discuss how Restek is “recharging” their lean/continuous improvement efforts


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Summary LTN meeting at MSC October 29, 2014

700,000 square feet, over 500,000 sku’s, 11,000 line items shipped per day, 40 hours of training, yearly, for all employees.

Some of the eye catching facts we witnessed.  Fast, accurate, competitive and an engaging culture.

A great morning for all in attendance:

  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Peiffer Machine
  • Philips Ultrasound
  • Restek
  • and a guest from Massachusetts, Excelsior Integrated

I am delighted to official announce two new members to our network:

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Inclinator Company of America

Summary LTN meeting at Fenner Drive 10/9/14

The network was very impressed by the amazing job Chad Enck and his team preformed in preparation and implementation of their department move.  In addition to getting everything in the best location to support flow and reduce process waste, the department missed ZERO shipments during the move.  Yes, they moved an entire department and missed no shipments with little overtime.  Applied logistics and hard work at its best.

Thank again to Chad and everyone at Fenner who participated or supported their move and then hosted our network.

Member companies in attendance:

  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Misco Products
  • Adhesives Research
  • Peiffer Machine
  • Green Leaf Enterprises
  • Restek

Prospective members/guests

  • Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Brentwood Industries


Network meeting Wednesday October 29, 2014 at MSC

I am truly delighted to announce October 29th as our date to visit the world-class MSC distribution center

Where – 100 MSC Drive, Jonestown, PA 17038  phone (717) 865-5888

When – Wednesday October 29, 2014 – arrive 8:30am, begin at 9am depart at noon


9 – 9:30am – Each attendee introduces themselves, their company and what aspect of continuous improvement they are currently engaged.


9:30am – 10am -Host company presents, brief background info, then more specific description of their selected lean/continuous improvement subject (such as 5S, Kanban, TPM, Pull/Flow, etc)


Next meeting Thursday October 9, 2014 @ Fenner Drive in Manheim

Next Lean Thinking Network Meeting

Where:  Fenner Drive, 311 West Stiegle St Manheim Pa 17545 parking in lower lot

When:  Thursday October 9, 2014, 9am-noon (arrive between 8:30 and 9)

What:  Topic- The Importance of Having a Future State Map prepared and Ready.  Fenner very recently moved a department, we will be able to go see and listen to the story from the people who did the work.

Who:  3 attendees per member company.

Safety: Safety glasses required we will be staying within the aisle so steel toes are not but no open toe shoes or heels.

Why: Moving a department is a challenging task, often filled with mistakes.  This will be a wonderful learning opportunity.

Fenner has requested the name, business and title of all attendees be available to them by Thursday Sept 25, 2014.

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We are looking at October 9th,  9am-noon (arrive between 8:30 and 9) at 311 West Stiegle St Manheim Pa 17545 parking in lower lot. I will need names of all attendees, place of business and their titles 2 weeks in advance.  We can handle 20-30 people total

Summary 8/7/14 visit to Tobyhanna Army Depot

Our second visit to the Shingo Prize winning Army Depot did not disappoint as we visited new areas and saw, heard and discussed the improvements made and opportunities to make further improvements.  Building #30 – Sandblast and Paint was the focus of our tour.  The highlight of the tour (to me) was an idea demonstrated by an operator in an assembly cell, simplifying the process of turning a thumb screw…….and then showing us an improvement to the improvement…..Great Stuff!

According to Brad Jones, the Depot’s Director of Continuous Process Improvement, the Depot follows David Mann’s management philosophy:  1. Visual Management 2. Visual Accountability

3. Standard Work for Supervisors.  Mann’s philosophy filled attendees with the prospect of making some fundamental changes in operations.

Our thanks to the Depot and the great team that supported our learning efforts.

Attending companys:

Misco Products

Green Leaf Enterprises

Restek Corp.




Network meeting Thursday August 7, 2014 at Tobyhanna Army Depot


Itinerary for the Visit of

Lean Thinking Network

7 Aug 14


0830 Arrival Building 20 Danielle E. Weinschenk, Directorate of Productivity Improvement and Innovation 
0900 Lean Six Sigma at Tobyhanna Army Depot Lean Six Sigma Room Brad Jones, Director, Productivity Improvement and InnovationSee Note 1
0930 Tour Building 30  Mr. Howard Slinger, Chief, Systems Preparation Branch, D/Systems Integration and Support
1130 Working Lunch Lean Six Sigma Room  
1300 Departure    


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


Lean Thinking Network attendees will be:


Dwight Bowen




(1)  Also attending the Briefings will be:  TO REGISTER GO TOregistration link




Mr. Donald Engel, Chief, Research and Analysis Division

Mr. Brian Regan, Chief, Process Improvement Division

Ms. Danielle Weinschenk, Directorate of Productivity Improvement and Innovation


(2)  Also attending the tour will be:


(3)  Personnel at Lunch will be:



Lunch will be Chicken Caesar Wraps, Pasta Salad, Assorted Potato Chips, Fresh Baked Cookies and Assorted Beverages. Cost will be $9.00 per person.



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

Team Tobyhanna – Excellence in Electronics!

Summary – Network Training at RACC 6/5/14

The morning’s training focused on necessary changes to Lean Management Principles.  Mentoring (Managing to Learn – John Shook), Practicing/Communicating (Toyota Kato – Mike Rother) and Idea Systems (Idea-Driven Organizations – Alan Robinson, Dean Schroeder) were the source documents of much of the presentation.  Also discussed were Gemba Walks and Kamishibai Boards.

In attendance were:

Misco Products

Four Seasons Produce

Rose Corporation

Fenner Drives

Thanks to Alan Robinson for donating a few copies of “The Idea-Driven Organization” to attendees.

Our next network event will be Thursday August 7, 2014 when we visit the Shingo Prize winner, Tobyhanna Army Depot – details to follow soon.

June 5, 2014 Overcoming Organizational Obstacles ……making it easier for leaders (CEO, President, COO, Plant Managers) to become involved in daily improvement

Who – targeted to the mid-level or member organizations, up to four per member company

When:  Thursday June 5, 2014 9am to Noon

Where:  Reading Area Community College, Schmidt Training and Technical Center (first floor) 10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19603  Phone 610-372-4721

What:  Dwight’s presentation will touch on:  Gemba walks, Improvement and Coaching Kata, Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye) boards and system, and idea systems as well as interactive training.

Why?:  Learn how other organizations have been successful in linking top leadership to daily improvement.  After-all, we all notice what the boss notices.

Click here to register

Ideas Presentation by Alan Robinson and Ideas Consortium Opportunity

Setting up and Launching a High-Performance Ideas Process
Unlock the Power of Bottom-up Ideas in Your Business
Act now to attend a 90-minute session and learn how to Unlock the Power of Bottom-up Ideas in Your Business

Wednesday, June 4
9:00—10:30 a.m.
at the

Schmidt Training & Technology Center at Reading Area Community College

Register today; mention
High-Performance Ideas
Call: 610-372-4721 x5716

Investment: $69
(includes free copy of
Alan Robinson’s book
The Idea-Driven Organization)

Payable at the door

Free parking available
in the adjacent parking garage at North Front & Washington Streets, Reading

The employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services are in the best position to see where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact. Every day, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities that their managers do not.

How often do those observations get acted upon in your organization?

The best ideas may come from the bottom, but they have to be systematically solicited from the top.

Most organizations largely ignore the enormous resource in their employee ideas. Either their managers do not realize the power in employee ideas, or they have never learned how to tap this power

Organizations usually do better at suppressing these ideas than promoting them.

Organizations that are not set up to listen to and act on front-line ideas are using at best only a fifth of their improvement engines.

What can you do to overcome that oversight?

Learn how high-performing idea processes work, and how to create an idea-driven organization.

Understand the key principles involved and the benefits you can expect from truly tapping ideas from your front-line people.

Our speaker: Alan Robinson, an internationally recognized expert on idea systems and author who has helped organizations all over the world, design and implement idea systems that allow managers

to implement 20, 50, or even a 100 ideas per person per year effectively.

The Idea Driven Organization


A copy of  Dr. Robinson’s latest book, The Idea-Driven Organization, is included in the price of the information session.