The Journey to Lean Continues...
October 20-21, 2005
Absecon Mills, a major contract upholstery manufacturer, showed how lean principles could be applied to any industry. David Adair discussed the company's successful start on their journey to a lean enterprise and the challenges and obstacles in that transformation. Adair discussed how basic lean initiatives apply 'cross-industry' and how reducing excess inventory and managing waste make lean implementation self-funding. An overview of funding options and employee training and involvement were included.
Absecon Mills Executive Summary (34KB pdf)
Pella Corporation, a leading producer of windows and doors, began their lean journey over ten years ago. However, the Gettysburg plant has been in operation only since 2003, producing the company's new line of vinyl windows and doors. Ackerson talked through Pella's overall lean journey and the Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI) methodology that Pella uses to sustain results.
Pella Corporation Executive Summary (37 KB pdf)
Baxter Healthcare's North Cove plant is the world's largest manufacturer of IV solutions in flexible containers. Baxter chose Lean as its operating strategy for their continuous improvement processes. Their presentation covered the team's successful value stream mapping exercises.
Baxter Healthcare Executive Summary (27 KB pdf)
Barkhouse provided a history of Caterpillar's Lean journey, and how that journey led to the development of the Caterpillar Production System, a system that was ultimately deployed throughout the company and into its supply chain.
Caterpillar Executive Summary (28 Kb pdf)