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Tweet On Tuesday October 18, KCOE held its 8th annual North American Operational Excellence Summit at Saint Vincent College. The topic of this year’s conference was “The Spark: Igniting an Excellent Culture.” The Summit began with its traditional Pre-Summit Dinner which was held the evening before and featured Eric Kulikowski of Philips Respironics. Tuesday’s keynote presentations featured Scott Becker, the CEO of Conemaugh Health System and Dany Paradis, the VP of Change Management and Supply Chain at Fibrek. Breakout speakers at the Summit included Brian Wilmoth and Dewey... 

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Tweet At Fibrek’s Fairmont Recycling Paper Mill there are times when 50+ trucks a day of recycled paper are coming into the facility and times when just as many are leaving with finished products. This number doesn’t include all the contractors, vendors, and other deliveries in and out of this facility on a 3 mile stretch of road.  Unfortunately, not everyone takes pride and appreciates what mother nature has given us; but here at Fairmont, the employees are trying to improve our environmental foot print, make a difference out in the community and be good neighbors. We had about 11 employees,... 

Tweet Operational Excellence Club | Article by Courtney Briggs On Wednesday April 6, 2011 The Operational Excellence Club (OE) had their second club meeting. The club was created this spring semester to allow operational excellence minors to gain hands on experience in the field. It welcomes anyone who has an interest in operational excellence and will help them learn OE concepts through real life experience. Four officers are responsible for running the club which include Mario Mercadal as President, Minhtuan Duong as Vice President, Ciara Moran as Secretary, and Courtney Briggs as Treasurer.... 

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Tweet Broken pdCa Cycles Abound! I’ve been ruminating on this article for a few days now. I am seeing broken pdCA cycles as the root causes for so many problems. I see it here in the Center and in the hospitals and factories where we coach. I thought I’d give my two cents or, rather, two tips, for strengthening your PDCA cycles. PDCA Weaknesses First, be aware of your personal weak areas. Many process problems stem from what I call shunted PDCA cycles. These weak cycles are usually the weakest at the “check” step. The check is either shallow or completely missing.... 

Tweet After just a few days of the safety system implementation, Phoenix Sintered Metals emailed me a few pictures.  Below you will see improvement made after the kick-off meeting of the safety system.  If you’re interested in the OE Safety System you can read more here or contact us. Tweet  

Tweet We had a chance to do a quick assessment of a manufacturing facility near the Center earlier this week.  Our own Dr. Rick Kunkle (the famous cow poke and emergency physician…oh, and frequent-ish commentator on CNN) talks to Production Manager Matt Miller.  What do you see – positive and negative – in the photo?  Give us your semi-direct observations in the comment field below! Tweet  

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Tweet Safety System Implementation I’m in between meetings at a plant in central Pennsylvania and we are kicking off the OE Safety System. One of the first questions we asked was -”What does an ideal situation for “Safety” look like?” We then went through the results of an audit we performed last month and identified gaps and possible solutions. The day has just started, but here’s what we’ve come up with so far for the “ideal”: Beyond compliance – meeting or exceeding Federal, State, Local, OSHA, etc. All employees act and behave safely, as... 

Tweet Great (but blurry) candid photo of one of our stalwart client CIP leaders using his Master Plan to make PDCA a living, breathing part of his life. Way to go, Brian! Tweet  

Tweet World Class Alignment Common targets, valid for everybody, are fixed together.  Personal and common targets harmonize.  All targets are quantified and are adapted to the changing environment completely.  The whole company agrees on the targets one or two times per year and orients measured plans accordingly.  Core strategies, measures, targets, and plans are written down and visualized on the spot.  All employees have an extensive look on the status and change on how they can contribute to the efficiency.  Necessary data is no longer thrown without doubt. How to get to World Class Alignment At... 

Tweet Lean Manager GrafTech International Holdings Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon and graphite products for industrial applications in a diverse array of industries.  We operate 11 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities strategically located on four continents with our corporate headquarters located in Cleveland (Parma), OH. GrafTech has an opening for a Lean Manager.  The principal responsibility for this position is to drive continuous improvement through a strong understanding of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques at our St. Marys, PA facility. ... 

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