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Lean manufacturing major focus of Wood Pro Expo

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Create alignment and accountability through Lean thinking Value Stream Leaders is the first session. Successful businesses are a combination of robust processes and systems that are facilitated by Lean Thinking leaders who effectively engage all of the resources in their Value Steam. This session will enable participants to create alignment across their company’s leadership team to achieve corporate goals and objectives. Leadership skills essential for transforming your business to the Lean Business Model, developing a continuous improvement culture, and leadership accountability for achieving common goals and objectives will also be presented.

Target Audience includes business leaders, executives, managers, Lean Champions, Lean Coordinators, and all Lean practitioners. Participants will be able to create alignment across their company by applying Lean Thinking and organizing as interdependent Value Streams.

The second session, Measuring Success Through Lean Thinking, will enable participants to understand “How to Measure” and “What to Measure” in their continuous improvement initiatives through the application of Lean Thinking. “How to Measure” includes the identification and elimination of process waste. “What to Measure” includes the process of defining measurements that can be personalized across the enterprise so everyone has a means of measuring their individual performance towards the corporate objective.

This session s intended for business leaders, executives, managers, Lean Champions, Lean Coordinators, and all Lean practitioners. Participants will be able to establish meaningful measurement criteria for their company that will drive continuous improvement towards established goals.

The Art of Going to Gemba will be the third lean-themed session at Wood Pro Expo. Continuous improvement towards company goals becomes a crapshoot if a leader doesn’t fully understand the current situation. Too often groups come together in a meeting room to solve symptoms of problems based on their perception of what is happening in the workplace. In neither case will the problem solver successfully achieve the desired results because they are disconnected from where the work is getting done. Going to Gemba (where the work gets done) is a deliberate observation of the workplace with the intent of absorbing what is really taking place. Successfully going to Gemba is an art that requires patience, persistence, and perseverance to accomplish. Achieving success in your Lean journey is contingent on your leader’s ability to spend quality time in Gemba.

Business leaders, executives, managers, Lean Champions, Lean Coordinators, all Lean practitioners are the intended audience.Participants will be able to successfully go to Gemba to identify and prioritize real, achievable break-through improvement opportunities in their Lean journey.

A full line-up of speakers is planned for October 7-8 at the Wood Pro Expo Mid-Atlantic. Topics include pricing, CNC manufacturing, wood finishing, lean manufacturing, veneer, technology, and outsourcing in two full days of seminars at the show, which returns to the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Timonium, Maryland, just outside Baltimore.

For more information about the Wood Pro Expo, go to To register, phone 1.888.600.3220.

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October 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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Lewis talks lean manufacturing at Baltimore event

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Jim Lewis, widely recognized expert on lean manufacturing, will speak at Wood Pro Expo.

Wood Pro Expo Baltimore will take place October 8-9, 2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, located just north of downtown Baltimore. The event is designed to be a great opportunity for woodworking executives and suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast corridor to connect, especially those who don’t attend the industry’s major semi-annual trade shows. Wood Pro Expo will feature a strong education component and other opportunities for face-to-face networking.

Strong education program

Lewis’ Lean Journeys column is a popular monthly feature in CabinetMakerFDM, detailing real life examples of woodworking businesses working to adopt lean thinking to make their businesses for successful and efficient.
Jim Lewis will discuss lean with three woodworking executives, Dustin Hunter of Hunter Trim and Cabinets in Fort Worth, Texas, Brad Cairns of Signature Wood Systems in St. Thomas, Ontario, and either Jack Busby or Scott Pfaff of Busby Cabinets in Alachua, Florida. It is an open forum with the three panel members providing their testimony of lean at their facilities and a question and answer session with the audience. Lewis will moderate and facilitate the discussions and he will have his own questions for the panel to respond to. This is an opportunity for existing lean users or executives and managers contemplating lean to get answers/suggestions/recommendations from their peers regarding any and all concerns pertaining to a successful lean transformation.

In addition to Lewis’ talks, business skills, pricing, production efficiency, and technical information will all be in good supply as part of the education presentations, panels, and discussions available at Wood Pro Expo. A number of presentations that are part of the Cabinet Makers Association certification program will be available, including discussions about estimating, project management, web site development, automation and working with designers or architects.

Other talks will highlight key advice from industry experts. Jamison Scott of Air Handling will talk about issues related to combustible dust. A representative from KCD Software will talk about advances in kitchen design software. Jens Shulz of Leuco and Chad Sloan of Weinig will talk about tooling.

Columnists in person

CabinetMakerFDM readers will have the opportunity to meet and learn from featured columnists of the magazine who will be on hand in person. Editor Will Sampson will talk about pricing for the custom shop and results of the latest CabinetMakerFDM Pricing Survey. Lean columnist Jim Lewis will lead a panel discussion titled “Real Life Lean 5S,” featuring the true experiences of successful shop owners sharing their experiences with lean manufacturing transformations. And wood technology columnist Gene Wenger will offer his prescriptions in person, answering your wood technology questions.

Wengert has been training people in efficient use of wood for 35 years. He is extension specialist emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But to readers of CabinetMakerFDM, he will always be simply the Wood Doctor.

Networking barbecue

Another unique event of this new trade is a networking barbecue slated for Wednesday, October 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. right on the show floor. Attendees and exhibitors will have a chance to talk face-to-face outside of individual exhibit booths but still within the surroundings of the show floor. The full exhibit hall will remain open until 8 p.m. that day.

For more information about the show or sign up as either an attendee or exhibitor, just go to

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September 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

Lean Transformation Summit to be held March 5-6

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On March 5-6, the Lean Transformation Summit will be hosted in Orlando.

Various organizations will discuss how they are actively improving their lean management systems to deliver more value to customers. The focus is “Improve the Work, Develop the People.”

In addition to a variety of educational sessions, the summit offers the chance for the lean community to network.

View the complete schedule and register at

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February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

Virginia Tech to host Energy Reductions Using Lean Thinking workshop on Nov. 20

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Virginia Tech will host an Energy Reductions Using Lean Thinking workshop on Nov. 20 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wood Education Resource Center in Princeton, W.Va.

Lean thinking is reducing waste by focusing on value-added steps within the process, where value is defined by the customer. The goal of the workshop will be to inspire new strategies that address pressing energy challenges, as well as create new ideas for usage of Lean Principles in reducing energy use and costs. The workshop is of interest to plant managers, quality engineers, process engineers, procurement managers, supplier chain managers, purchasing managers, plant engineers and more.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Welcome and overview, Dr. Henry Quesada, assistant professor, Virginia Tech
  • Current and Future Scenario of Energy in Virginia, Charles Patton, president and COO, Appalachian Power
  • Lean Thinking Principles, Dr. Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech
  • Energy Management Systems, Tyler Gill, Enernoc
  • Industry Case Study, Dr. Brian Bond, associate professor, Virginia Tech.

The cost to attend this workshop is $50, which includes coffee breaks, lunch and materials. Please contact Dr. Henry Quesada with questions at or 540.231.0978.

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September 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

Hooker Furniture installs Plataine production optimization software

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Hooker Furniture has successfully implemented Plataine’s production optimization software to increase its manufacturing yields through better material utilization, reduced waste and overall operational costs savings.

“We were looking to improve the broader manufacturing metrics, beyond the focus on material of nesting-only software. TPO allowed us to cut frames just-in-time and reduce our work-in-process inventory while our parts require practically no downstream operations prior to assembly. Within a relatively short period we were able to see considerable plywood savings and become more efficient in both material and labor,” said David Davis, director of engineering at Hooker Furniture.

Plataine’s Total Production Optimization WoodOptimizer enables upholstery manufacturers to respond to market changes and customer demands for made-to-order, just-in-time products at competitive prices. WoodOptimizer’s RollingNest automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from one or more orders on multiple sheets of plywood for higher material yields. The TPO Production Scheduler compliments WoodOptimizer by offering automatic and optimal assignment of work to work centers and machines.

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March 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

‘American Innovator’ episode features lean manufacturing expert

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On a new episode of “The American Innovator,” host Paul Akers interviews Art Byrne, author of The Lean Turnaraound: How Business Leasers Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company.”

The “American Innovator” can be watched on, and can be subscribed to on podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS feed.

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December 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

Apollo Sprayers to implement Lean Six Sigma improvement program

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Apollo Sprayers International is working with the Lean Six Sigma Institute to implement a continuous quality improvement process to simultaneously reduces operating costs.
Lean Six Sigma uses a continuous improvement methodology and accompanying tools to improve productivity, quality and lead or service response time through the discovery and elimination of productivity limitations such as variability, waste and overburden.
“We selected Lean Six Sigma to help us discover and eliminate productivity limitations and to help our employees – myself included – focus on taking advantage of any and all resources that will improve our customer service and product quality,” said John A. Darroch, Apollo president and CEO.
Apollo Sprayers will conduct the Lean Six Sigma Program over the next 24 weeks. For more on the program at Apollo, visit


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November 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

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