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Below are photos that we took at Eaton Corporation in Aurora, Ohio.  There, we completed 2 days of Problem Solving Training which included but was not limited to a balanced scorecard overview, problem solving sheet training, problem solving sheet management (via the problem solving board), and how to facilitate a daily meeting using prompts and problem solving sheets. Photo Eaton Photo 2 Eaton  

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!  

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... 

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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Lean Culture Assessment The spider diagram below is the results of KCOE’s Lean Culture Assessment from a company we have been working with since the second quarter of 2009.  After implementation and initial alignment of the steering committee, implementation of the balanced scorecard, problem solving I, 5S, suggestion system, and safety system, the scores have changed a bit.  Within the next several months we will be performing the second Lean Culture Assessment of the organization.  We will share with you the results on our blog and client testimonial page. Interested in KCOE’s... 

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Check us out on World News at http://www.wn.com/engagingkcoe.  Screen shot below!  

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Master Plan Example I am in the process of transferring a pencil/paper master plan to an Excel sheet.  It’s easy to read so I am sharing a screen shot with those interested.  Send us a message if you’re interested in learning more about master planning within the KCOE System of Operational Excellence.  Enjoy! Master Plan Example  

Balanced Scorecard Example Definition Balanced Scorecard: Most businesses have a set of metrics that they follow periodically.  The balanced scorecard forces the Operational Excellence Steering Committee (SC) to determine 10–15 key metrics only that drive the business.  These metrics are found by determining goals and objectives in the five priority areas (safety, quality, productivity, human development and cost). General balanced scorecard example metrics can be seen below. The BSC planning process involves setting targets for these objectives (expressed as metrics) for the next five... 

The following is a Production Manager opening at Fibrek, Fairmont Division. Information Title:  Production Manager Report to: Mill Manager Department: Operations Date: October 25, 2010 Purpose Directs and coordinates activities within Operations in order to meet production schedules, quality, and cost objectives and achieve company’s vision. Determines requirements for material, equipment, and manpower resources. Responsibilities Supervises mill operations employees in each area of responsibility and support staff.  Establishes specific... 

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Operational Excellence Acronyms | KCOE Operational Excellence Acronyms About KCOE | Operational Excellence Acronyms The Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE) is a team of expert coaches who, through their own practical experiences and studies, are uniquely qualified to provide high quality, results-driven training and coaching in Operational Excellence (OE). During the course of our training and coaching session the “OE Faithful” begin to know, understand, and use certain operational excellence acronyms.  If you’re new to an event it may be helpful to read... 

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