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Lean Technologies Receives Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award

On January 22, 2018 Sandy Ehrig of Iowa Farm Bureau and Bob Quinn from WHO Radio (The Big Show) in Des Moines visited the Strawtown Inn office complex to award Lean Technologies with the Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award. Scott & Jenny Sorheim were on hand to receive the award and were joined by David Garner (Lean Tech Software Developer) and Joel Bennett (Veel Hoeden Consulting) who nominated Lean Tech for the award. A portion of the award presentation interview can be found on the The Big Show podcast. (Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2, or Full Hour Podcast)

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Thank you Iowa Farm Bureau and WHO Radio for the recognition!

January 22, 2018 Award Presentation


By |2018-02-16T21:42:21+00:00February 16th, 2018|Awards, Lean Tech, Podcast|0 Comments

Release Notes For January 2018

Release Notes for January 2018


  • Attribute Data added to calibration group
  • Up and Down keyboard arrow keys can now be used for navigation when entering multiple readings in Calibrations
  • Data point numbering now appears when multiple calibration readings are taken at one point
  • Custom pick lists now have the ability to add items directly from the list on the page
  • Calibration Groups upgraded to Thrive Version 3


  • Task Set name can now be updated even if the Category field is empty
  • Project Roles updated to improve Site list and Role deletions
  • Inventory Vendor list is now visible for Administrator roles
  • Copy Gauges now copies the calibration group if it is defined and copy functionality has been improved


By |2018-02-16T21:15:38+00:00February 5th, 2018|Lean Tech, Release History|0 Comments

We Thrive. ASSA ABLOY EMS in Phoenix

At Lean Technologies, we are focused on solving customer problems and providing year over year value to client organizations. One such client is ASSA ABLOY where we work with a number of the North America sites. Although the name ASSA ABLOY may not yet be a household name in North America, you are likely to be familiar with one of their many popular brands of entry systems. In fact, you probably scanned an access card, turned a handle, or walked through one of their doors the last time you entered a school, hotel, hospital, or workplace. ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions and a market leader in most of Europe, North America, South America, China and Oceania. The EMS Division plant in Phoenix, AZ called upon Thrive Goal Boards to solve a particular need on the plant floor to monitor production activity, provide real time feedback to the operators, communicate performance to management, and track day to day performance gains.

The operations team leaders at ASSA ABLOY EMS were gracious enough to sit down with a video crew so we could share a little bit of their Thrive experience with the rest of the world. We are thankful for their willingness to participate in this video and continued use of Thrive throughout their organization.


For more information, contact the Lean Tech team at info@leantech.com or fill out the contact form on our website


Release Notes October 2017

Release Notes for October 2017

New Features

  • Beta Version of KPI Tracking Tool to provide KPI metrics for daily trending, with an eye towards expanded functionality and customization in the future


  • Added on screen communication about how Next Start Date is used on PMs and Task Sets
  • Now preventing users from double clicking quick task and accidentally creating two projects


  • Assignments are now correctly marked as Rejected if a project request is rejected
  • Assignments with completion dates now automatically change the status to Complete and Percent Complete to 100%.  This affects Project Follow Up (Assignments), Safety Corrective Actions, Nonconformance Assignments, CI Homework, and Master Project Tasks
  • Description on Task/Audit items now saves correctly when marked as read only
  • Filtering now works as expected for “is blank” and “is not blank” options
  • Image rotation is now handled on all device and OS types (Windows, Android, iOS, etc.)
  • OSHA Log no longer displays repeat entries for a safety incident if the same job code exists on multiple sites


By |2017-11-02T21:20:03+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Lean Tech, Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes September 2017

Release Notes for September 2017

New Features

  • Image attachments can now be edited
  • Real time chat communication


  • Fixed attachment file name issue on the Project Requests screen
  • Fixed loading and search related error in Public Safety Data Sheets
  • Requisition printing not available in list view unless administrator
  • Saved Range values for Task Items that weren’t appearing when editing at a later point
  • Now preventing inactive vendor selection on Requisitions screen
  • Added Requisition Line items back to Advanced Search in Requisitions
  • Fixed Vendor lookup to only show vendors within the Sites that a user has access to (this applies to multi-site Thrive installations)
  • Currency for Mexico was incorrectly identified
  • Address, vendor name, and other information was not always displayed on the Requisition screen


  • All task and audit areas with an updated user interface
  • Added the option to specify “from” addresses when emailing reports
  • Faster status changes on the Requisition List screen
  • Memorizing the last selection on the Requisition List screen
  • Improved Public Safety Data Sheets to incorporate site selection and remove features that are unavailable to public users
By |2017-10-16T17:09:15+00:00October 16th, 2017|Lean Tech, Release History|0 Comments

Release Notes August 2017

Release Notes for August 2017

New Features

  • Printing is now available on the Requisitions page
  • You can now add drawings and text to images in Incident Investigations


  • Activities section of home screen is now in sync with the user’s assignment count
  • Corrected routing problem when creating a Requisition from a Purchasing Suggestion
  • Exporting in Reporting now works in Chrome.  It continues to work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.
  • Fixed export problem with special ASCII characters
  • No longer need to click twice on Add Item button when performing an Audit in Quality with no items defined
  • Prevented duplicate notifications
  • Removed permissions issue with Requisition Routing Lists
  • Resolved Department ID hyperlink issue in Task Grids
  • Update Employee ID and Update User Account ID now save all records properly
  • Updated Module Reference to Quality from Maintenance for Quality Task Detail
  • Updated Notifications filtering


  • Goalboards are now updated in real time
  • Synchronization between Employee ID and User Accounts ID
  • Upgraded Task Pages from V2 to V3
By |2017-10-16T17:08:28+00:00September 15th, 2017|Lean Tech, Release History|0 Comments

Spreadsheet Chaos?





  • Panicked Employee to IT: “I have lost my Excel document….can you recover it?”
  • Hopeful Leader: “I think we are doing well, but I will know for sure when we get the numbers at the end of the month.”
  • Puzzled Employee to Boss: “I know I updated the graph with the latest numbers. They must not have saved.”
  • You get the point.  Feel free to say the other 20 examples we didn’t list!

We know these pains, because we have lived them.  Thrive solves these issues.

  1. Simplicity and Flexibility   Sure, everyone says this, so judge for yourselves
    • Share your Dashboard graph with team members.
    • One-click drill down feature to find the info you want.
    • Personalize the naming of your fields.
    • Quick search features.
    • Mobile-friendly for point of use (audits, uploading pictures….).
  2. Tracking Work Flow or Closing the Loop
    • Measure – Monitor – Communicate (Real-Time)
    • Capture Data  – Assign Improvements – Complete Improvements – Report

                        Learn more about how Thrive will add value:
[button link=”https://leantech.com/maintenance/” color=”teal”]Maintenance[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/reporting/” color=”teal”]Reporting[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/quality/” color=”teal”]Quality[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/safety/” color=”teal”]Safety[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/continuous-improvement/” color=”teal”]Continuous Improvement[/button] 



By |2015-03-03T16:02:47+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments

E.R.P. Pain?

Thrive is not an ERP.  It complements your ERP  to accomplish your shopfloor goals!

Thrive vs. an ERP?

  1. An ERP is designed to manage financial data while Thrive is designed to manage your shopfloor processes.
    • We like to say the ERP tracks the money and Thrive helps make the money. We are shopfloor people who designed a very useful software tool to help create a lean manufacturing culture and save money.
    • Thrive was built on Microsoft ASP.NET architecture and SQL Server database. Thrive links to SQL Servers.  We currently link with Epicor, JD Edwards, Oracle and others.
    • Thrive is web-based and mobile-friendly. It requires little hand-holding. Everything from installation to usage on the floor is simplified so you can spend less time learning software and more time making profitable decisions.
  2. Simplified Pricing: ONE price, ALL of your users. [ilink url=”https://leantech.com/pricing-options/”]Pricing Info[/ilink]

Learn more about how Thrive will add value:
[button link=”https://leantech.com/maintenance/” color=”teal”]Maintenance[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/reporting/” color=”teal”]Reporting[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/quality/” color=”teal”]Quality[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/safety/” color=”teal”]Safety[/button][button link=”https://leantech.com/continuous-improvement/” color=”teal”]Continuous Improvement[/button] 



By |2015-03-02T16:03:16+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments

Process Gaps?



[button link=”https://leantech.com/maintenance/” color=”teal”]Maintenance[/button]Thrive Contains a Full CMMS – Cost justify with this module alone…remember no user fees [ilink url=”https://leantech.com/pricing-options/”]Pricing Info[/ilink]

[button link=”https://leantech.com/reporting/” color=”teal”]Reporting[/button]Easy-to-Use Reporting Across All Areas – Personalized Dashboards and reports are easy to share

[button link=”https://leantech.com/quality/” color=”teal”]Quality[/button]Gain Control of Your Shopfloor Quality – You will make your quality team happy and drive improvement

[button link=”https://leantech.com/safety/” color=”teal”]Safety[/button]Safety Information in One Spot – Manage your safety processes and people

[button link=”https://leantech.com/continuous-improvement/” color=”teal”]Continuous Improvement[/button]Use Real-Time Data to Take Out Cost – We make it easy to leverage and communicate data


By |2015-03-01T16:04:08+00:00March 1st, 2015|Lean Tech|0 Comments
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