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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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            … Read more »

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…. Read more »

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…. Read more »

Next meeting Thursday 2/25/16 at Philips Ultrasound

When – 9am to 12pm  Thursday February 25, 2016 What – Theme: “Daily Management – problem solving escalation system”  Currently in early implementation phase Where: Philips Ultrasound 1 Echo Drive Reedsville PA TEL: (717) 667-5000 Why:   Opportunity to observe, ask questions and listen to feedback regarding this challenging experiment.  Escalation systems require people to follow… Read more »

Next LTN meeting – full day Tour and Safety Roundtable

When – 9am to 4pm  Thursday December 10, 2015 What – Theme: Morning session – Rose’s “house of change”, Afternoon – Safety Roundtable – Rose Corp and Misco will present, followed by interactive discussion, learning and sharing. Where: Rose Corporation 401 N. 8TH STREET READING, PA 19612-5208 TEL: 610.376.5004Why:   SAFETY FIRST…..the ultimate statement of respect… Read more »

Summary Green Leaf Plants 11/12/15

From Andrew Bishop taking over in my absence: Misco, Rose, Inclinator, Adhesives Research and Four Seasons were present at today’s meeting. We saw a some good things, among them: ·         Lots of visual controls, visual displays and visual work orders,  including visual work orders that are examples of direct connections:  work processes connected by a… Read more »