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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 »

Next LTN Meeting reschedule for Thursday November 12, 2015

When – 9am to noon  Thursday November 12, 2015 What – Theme:  Standardized work (vs. Standard Work) in highly variable work environment Where:  Green Leaf Plants™ 2369 Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA  17602 Why:   Green Leaf is always a great tour as Andrew and his team really do continuous improvement.  Come see, ask question and… Read more »

Summary Brentwood Industries 10/15/15

Our first visit to Brentwood Industries gorgeous campus east of Reading. The focus of the day was 8D problem solving.  During the tour we spent quite a bit of time asking the people doing the work to discuss the process. Good feedback with respect to the process.  Those questioned appreciated being included in problem solving… Read more »

Next LTN meeting THE AFTERNOON of October 15, 2015

Who – Max of 3 per member company What – Problem solving using 8D The 8D steps and tools used are as follows: D0: Prepare for the 8D D1: Form a Team D2: Describe the Problem D3: Interim Containment Action D4: RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and Escape Point D5: Permanent Corrective Action D6: Implement and… Read more »