Seventy-Fourth Meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Journey to Lean and Green Manufacturing

November 7-8, 2013

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Sustainability: Business-Builder For A New Era

Bruce Hagenau, President
Alpharetta, GA

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, has become a recognized industry leader in quality, environmental management and lean manufacturing―all of which are components of “sustainability.” Metcam has not only achieved a sustainable posture; it has successfully used it to garner new business, including multi-national U.S. and global companies.

In today’s marketplace, companies increasingly demand sustainability from their suppliers. Metcam President Bruce Hagenau will discuss Metcam’s journey to sustainability and detail how simple improvements―such as tweaking production processes and streamlining logistics―can help manufacturers begin to achieve this goal while decreasing expenses and increasing revenue.

Reducing Negative Environmental Impacts BeyondZeroTM

Erika Huyett, Manager Of Sustainability
SKF USA, Landsdale, PA

SKF Group is the leading global supplier of products, solutions, and services within the areas of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services, and lubrication systems. SKF was founded in Sweden in 1907, and presently has 140 production facilities in 32 countries and a presence in over 130 countries. Within SKF, sustainability is recognized as a way of working, as well as a key business driver necessary for achieving long-term growth. This presentation will discuss SKF’s sustainability efforts of the SKF BeyondZeroTM Program, with an emphasis on internal corporate initiatives related to ISO 50001- Energy Management Systems, LEED, and SKF’s Sustainable Factory Rating. Many companies seek to reduce negative environmental impacts to “zero” net emissions. SKF seeks to help its customers and external partners become more energy efficient and, in combination with internal efforts, to reduce negative environmental impacts; that is, to go beyond the zero target.

CAT REMAN – Sustainability Is Our Business

Mark Stratton, General Manager
Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Peoria, IL

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar, Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2012 sales and revenues of $65.875 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services. Caterpillar leverages technology and innovation to drive sustainability through the enterprise. This is witnessed no better than through Cat Reman parts – a full line of remanufactured parts and components to service Cat machines and engines. Mark will explore the sustainability aspects of remanufactured products and the remanufacturing industry as well as the challenges and successes of implementing sustainability principles while creating and capturing value within the manufacturing environment.

A Seamless Evolution From Lean To Green Manufacturing

Dolf Kahle, CEO
Virtual Marking Systems, Twinsburg, OH

Visual Marking Systems is the high performance printer to many of America’s most well-known companies.  VMS made a logical and seamless evolution from lean to green manufacturing.  The custom graphic design service company invested in lean for nearly a decade, and then launched a year-long green initiative to eliminate waste and minimize its carbon footprint.  VMS’ waste elimination projects included a closed-loop recycling program that diverted 15 tons of material from landfills and converted it into a sustainable resource for new products.

VMS became the first company in northern Ohio to achieve certification as a Sustainable Green Printer and second in the state.  This certification commits the company to undergo a stringent third-party audit and disclose sustainable improvements to stakeholders. VMS was recognized with the 2012 Summit of Sustainability Award in the Small Business Category for its waste-reduction practices and sustainability commitment. VMS is an ISO 9000 facility that recently received Master Certification status from the Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA) for the installation of vehicle/fleet graphics.