Posts By: Dwight Bowen

Lessons of the Square Watermelon

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than their US counterparts and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is how… Read more »

Dr. Steven Spear Network Conference update

Dr. Spear has confirmed April 10, 2008 for a video or teleconference for our network. The event is to be help at Rose Corporation in Reading. Details to follow, including the number of attendees per company. Dr. Spear will present for roughly 20 minutes and then Q&A of 20 to 30 minutes will follow. Dr…. Read more »

Next Network Meeting, Thursday, March 27th at Adhesives Research

It is my pleasure to announce our next network meeting: Where: Adhesives Research, 400 Seaks Run Road, Glen Rock, PA 17327, phone (Bill Stratton) 717-227-3254 When: Thursday March 27, 2008 from 8:30 until Noon What: Focusing on Stability – 5S, Poka Yoke and Six-Sigma Who: 2 representatives per member company Why: This is our network’s… Read more »

Summary of Network Meeting at Yoder Brothers 1-24-08

Visuals everywhere! Lots of Kaizen activity, improved flow, the world’s first “Heijunka cooler”, paced withdrawal etc. The Yoder Brothers team is making progress daily and training daily. Perhaps you get what you train to (and measure). Thanks to Yoder Brothers hosts for an insightful morning.

Competing – Noticing


I have been in business since 2000, working with over 60 companies to improve operations by using the Toyota Production and Management systems. During that time, I have seen potential achieved and too many organizations that never achieved their potential. Over the next few minutes I will give you my definitions of what I consider… Read more »

Welcome to the network Adhesives Research, Inc.

Please join me in welcoming the newest member to the network, Adhesives Research, Inc. Adhesives Research is one of the world’s leading independent developers of high-performance, custom pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, coatings, specialty films, and laminates. For over 44 years, our technology and products have set us apart and established our leadership in the pressure-sensitive adhesives… Read more »

Competing Interview with Dan Markovitz


Today’s podcast explores an area of Lean potential just beginning to gain momentum. Competing’s guest is Dan Markovitz founder and President of Time Back Management, a consulting firm that focuses on improving efficiency by applying lean manufacturing principles to knowledge workers and in the forefront of expanding the possibilities and scope of lean application.

Next Network Meeting 1/24/08 at Yoder Brothers

It is my pleasure to announce our next network meeting: Where: Yoder Brothers Greenhouse, 2369 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster PA 17602 phone: 717-299-0300 When: Thursday January 24, 2008 from 8:30 until Noon What: From data base to visuals and kaizen culture Who: 2 representatives per member company Why: Yoder Brothers is constantly improving operations. The…”How,… Read more »

Summary of Network Meeting at Misco Products 12/6/07

A very interesting morning as our host at Misco (thanks to Tony, Dave & Todd) showed us photos of the fire destruction and discussed the “old” and “new” (not yet complete) facility layouts and proposed flows, pathways and connections. In addition we discussed the possibility of using Shingo Prize criteria to clarify opportunity and improvements… Read more »