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LEAN Directions

March 2014

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Ingersoll Rand Walks the Talk

The company has established standard work procedures for its managers on where to go, what to observe, and what questions to ask when they visit the shop floor. The exercise is called the Management Daily Improvement walk.

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Lift Your Load Safely with Carr Lane Hoist Rings

Carr Lane offers more hoist rings than any other manufacturer in the world, with over 20 different hoist-ring types, all in a wide range of sizes, and many new and patented items. Pivoting hoist rings, swivel hoist rings, side-pull swivel hoist rings and lifting eyes are some of the types now carried by Carr Lane, ranging from economical, low profile versions to heavy-duty, extra-large types with load capacities up to 250,000 lbs. Click for more details...


Lean, writes Jamie Flinchbaugh in a Lean Learning Center blog, is all about becoming scientists of how things work, but instead of trying to figure out how nanotechnology works or chemical bonding, it focuses on understanding how organizations work.

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8 Must-have ERP Features for the Automotive Industry

Automotive OEMS and parts manufacturers share one common goal —streamlined, efficient operations that maximize profitability. Plex cloud ERP brings the automotive manufacturer the features they need to produce the highest quality products, operate efficiently and maximize profitability. Download the paper.


A Lean Approach to Drug Delivery Systems

Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer, applies Lean principles not only in manufacturing, but also in terms of eliminating non-value added activity from its overall process, thereby shortening the product development cycle.

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2014 World Conference on Quality and Improvement May 5 — 7, 2014 | Dallas, TX

The 2014 World Conference on Quality and Improvement offers you—no matter your geographic location, industry, or level of quality knowledge—a forum to learn new ideas and the opportunity to connect with an international network of thought leaders, experts, and peers eager to share best practices, tested solutions, and proven results in the world of quality.
Visit wqci.asq.org to register!

Holding Lean to Account

Lean guru Norman Bodek is featured in a new DVD that explains how Lean and Just in Time principles apply to accounting. Bodek cites examples from his experience as an accountant, auditor as to how Lean can improve these processes.

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Lean Enterprise Institute Chairman and CEO John Shook explains to Entrepreneur magazine how startups can think lean and—something a bit more difficult to do—stay lean while maintaining growth.

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[MC]2 2014 MT Connect

The third [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing will be held in Orlando, Fla., April 8-10 at the Caribe Royale Orlando. The conference will feature a world class roster of thought leaders and industry insiders committed to advancing data-driven manufacturing. Building on the MTConnect foundation, this conference will focus on the real world benefits and practical implementation of digital manufacturing technology.


Triathletes Go Lean

USC's triathlon team doesn't worry about its “ship” coming in when it competes on the road. Team sponsor Spinlister provides the option of renting bikes on site, saving the team time and money that would have been spent on shipping.

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Lean Hardware Startups

Kitako-Shimada CNC Lathes with Revolutionary Four Spindle Design

Kitako-Shimada vertical and horizontal CNC lathes feature a unique four spindle design allowing two parts to be continuously machined while two new parts are loaded and unloaded with no idle time in between. Combined with extremely fast index times up to 1.5 seconds, Kitako-Shimada offers unparalleled production times over any twin spindle lathe on the market. Click to learn more.


LEI Event To Showcase Lean Transformation

At the Lean Transformation Summit in Orlando, FL, March 5-6, the Lean Enterprise Institute will show how companies are improving through Lean. Attendees will hear from GE, Ingersoll Rand, Cardinal Health and TaylorMade, among others.

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Increase Shop-Floor Productivity with Accurate and Timely Data

Increase productivity up to 20% and identify production issues in real-time with ShopViz®, a 24/7 machine monitoring tool for small to medium-sized manufacturers. ShopViz® provides direct visibility into operations across the shop floor and lets you know which machines are running, which are not, and where you need to focus your attention to increase productivity. Watch our video to learn more or click here to learn why shop-floor monitoring is critical to improving factory processes.


Campbell's Super Effort

Soup maker's Napoleon, OH, facility is using process improvement to increase flexibility, efficiency and profitability.

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