Summary Rose Corporation, May 15, 2014

Submitted by Andrew Bishop who facilitated:

In attendance at Thursday’s meeting hosted by The Rose Corp:
Peiffer Machine
Four Seasons
Green Leaf Plants
Fenner Drives

Tom McDevitt of Rose made an excellent case for the role of communication and a focus on organizational alignment in sustaining a lean deployment.

Those of us who have visited Rose before were impressed by continued improvements on the shop floor and the progression from Rose’s strong 5S deployment to significant improvements in work processes.  Color coding, kitting, vendor engagement in improvements all add up:  “The job is easier now” – Assembly Foreman Emilio G.

Next network meeting Thursday 5/15/14 at Rose Corp.

Where – Rose Corp., 401 N 8th St, Reading, PA 19601,   phone 610-376-5004

When – Thursday May 15, 2004 from 9am to noon

What – “Sustaining Improvement” – Ten years of continuous improvement

Who – 2 attendees per member company  – Please register at this link      REGISTER HERE

Why – Go see and hear what Rose has learned and continues to learn.


Next Network meetings

June 4, 2014 at RACC – Idea-Driven Organizations – a public presentation by Alan Robinson

June 5, 2014 at RACC- Overcoming Organizational Obstacles – Influencing and training Improvement and Coaching Kata

Summary – Gemba Walk Network meeting at Baystate Hospital 4.24.14

If you are interested in how organizations overcome obstacles in a complicated and physically challenging environment you missed a great meeting.

The theme was Standardized Work for Managers and Visual Management but our tour and discussions went well beyond those subjects.

Companies in attendance:

St. Vincents Hospital

OFS Vitel

EIS Wire and Cable

Holyoke Community College.

Next meeting Thursday June 12, 2014 at OFS Fitel

Next Gemba Walk Network meeting, June 12, 2014 at OFS

Where: OFS Fitel, 55 Darling Drive, Avon, CT
Phone (860) 678-0371

When:  Thursday June 12, 2014 from 8:30am to Noon

What: Idea Systems and empowering the workforce for continuous improvement

Who: Maximum of 25 attendees (no consultants please).  All attendees must register.  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses provided.

Why:  Go see and listen to OFS’s story.  While you are there check out their Maintenance Department, a model of effective workplace organization.

All attendees must be registered

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Summary Lean Thinking Network Meeting at Philips Ultrasound April 10, 2014

A very interesting look at improving the improved as we spent time in the recently reconfigured “Lensing cell”.

We were very impressed with the pride the Lensing cell team demonstrated.  It was clear to us they worked hard and together to make the improvements.  One key was the improvements reduced the need for cell operators by three people and those people were needed and placed in other departments.  Improvement did not mean layoff, a key philosophy of continuous improvement.

Great job by Dave Lauder and everyone in the Lensing cell team!

Attending companies:

  • ACT
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Restek
  • Videon Central
  • Rose Corporation

Our next network meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 15, 2014 at Rose Corporation, details to follow

Next Network Meeting, April 24, 2014 at Baystate Hospital in Springfield MA

Where:  Baystate Hospital, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA  01199
(413) 794-0000

Use the Daly Entrance.  We will collect in the Tolosky Living room, just off the Daly Lobby (on the right as you enter, past the help desk).

When:  Thursday April 24, 2014 from 8:30am until Noon

What:  Standard Work for Managers and Supervisors and Visual Management

Who: Maximum of 15 attendees, registration required

Why:  Good Visual Management allows Managers and Supervisors to build standard work in to their daily schedule.  Come see and learn how this is being addressed at Baystate Hospital.



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Next Lean Thinking Network Meeting Thursday April 10, 2014 @ Philips

Philips Where: 1 Echo Dr, Reedsville, PA 17084 phone 717-667-5000 Dave Lauder is our contact

When:  Thursday April 10, 2014 from 9am until Noon

What:  The A3 process, improving standard work in a large work cell……..go see and discuss the powerful results.

Who: 2 attendees per member company.  This meeting is designed for advanced lean learners.

Why:  A success story with standard work and A3!  Philips has targeted and achieved improvement in this cell three times.


9:00-9:30     Arrival/Introductions

9:30-10:30    A3 Standard Work Methodology

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:30   Lensing A3 (manufacturing), and other examples as required (we have some transactional A3’s that may also interest the group)

11:30-12:00  Gemba Walk in the Lensing cell (space limited to 5 per group – not sure how many groups we will need.

12:00-1:00   Delta Review with pizza


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Upcoming schedule:

May 15, 2014 at Rose Corp.  subject to be determined.

June 5, 2014 – training day at RACC – Coaching Up – overcoming organization obstacles will be presented by Dwight Bowen

Next Gemba Walk Network Meeting March 20, 2014 at Protonex




When: Thursday, March 20, 2014, meet and greet from 8am to 8:30, meeting begins at 8:30 ending by noon.

Where: Protonex, 153 Northboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
Phone:(508) 490-9960

What – Subject – Cellular flow – go see and discuss Protonex’s assembly cell.
Who – Max attendees: 12 – no consultants please.  All attendees must first register

Why – Cellular flow is key to reducing lead-time, reducing waiting and costs.
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Summary, Gemba Walk Network meeting 2/27/14

10 years of Lean at EIS Wire & Cable

“Mistakes made, lessons learned and continuing improvement”.

An inspiring morning for network attendees as Roy St. Andre and his team went through each of the last ten years with highlights, lessons learned and measures.  Continued growth (10% per year for the last few years) with no staffing additions.

Great stuff and a compelling argument for continuous improvement.

We went to see the entire shop floor and noticed good workplace organization; effective visuals supporting a supermarket/kanban pull system.

Businesses in attendance:

  • Precision Autocraft
  • Protonex
  • OFS Optics
  • Quirkwire
  • Southworth
  • Revere Smelting
  • North Amherst Motors


Next Meeting March 20, 2014 at Protonex.  Details to follow soon.


Summary, Network Meeting held at Green Leaf Enterprises 2/20/14

Recap from Andrew Bishop:

We had a good day.  How do I know?  Assessment based on much uproar (fun during the simulation) as well as positive feedback regarding both morning tour/meeting and the afternoon training session.

Companies participating:
Four Seasons
Rose/Mark Metals
Green Leaf (hosting)

Greatest challenge of the day:  preventing people from jumping to countermeasures when trying to discuss problems and waste!


I was very impressed by the sophisticated tour feedback given to Green Leaf.  Collectively, our network is gaining significant experience, confidence and insight which is demonstrated again and again.  I am delighted!

Many thanks to Andrew Bishop, the esteemed facilitator, and everyone at Green Leaf who put on a great show.