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.




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