Join Lean Technologies (Thrive) for Shingo Institute Training in Phoenix on January 12 & 13, 2017

Key Performance Consulting is proud to be a licensed affiliate of The Shingo Institute, home of the Shingo Prize. We are happy to announce that in collaboration with the ASSA ABLOY EMS & OEM Group and Lean Technologies (Thrive operations platform), we will be offering the DISCOVER EXCELLENCE on January 12th & 13th , 2017 at ASSA ABLOY’s plant in Phoenix, AZ.

The Shingo Institute’s mission is to guide leaders in creating sustainable cultures of excellence based on universally accepted principles.  The result of 25 years of organizational assessment and study is the Shingo Model™ for enterprise excellence.  The principles apply in any organization and ultimately provide the scaffolding for sustaining any operational excellence effort. A basic understanding of the Shingo Model™ is developed through four successive workshops.  The Shingo Model™ is about creating a culture of lean sustainment and provides the foundational tools for sustaining gains.

This foundational, two-day workshop introduces participants to the Shingo Model™, the Guiding Principles and the Three Insights to Enterprise Excellence™. With real-time discussions and on-site learning, this program is a highly interactive experience. It is designed to make your learning meaningful and immediately applicable as you learn how to release the latent potential in your organization and achieve enterprise excellence. As a DISCOVER EXCELLENCE participant, you will:shingo_model

  • LEARN and understand the Shingo Model.
  • DISCOVER the Three Insights of Enterprise Excellence™.
  • EXPLORE how the Guiding Principles inform ideal behaviors that ultimately lead to sustainable results.
  • UNDERSTAND the behavioral assessment process through an interactive case study and on-site learning.
  • APPLY your learning with a call to action.

The Electromechanical Specialties & OEM Group, based out of Phoenix, AZ, includes ASSA ABLOY Group brands Adams Rite, Alarm Controls, HES, and Securitron. As part of ASSA ABLOY Americas, the Group is proud to supply the highest quality products for access control, premium customer care, and easy ordering.

ASSA ABLOY is located at:
10027 S 51st Street, Ste 102
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Lean Technologies’ cornerstone manufacturing operations platform is Thrive.   Thrive software combines the core competencies found in a manufacturing plant into one cohesive, integrated, intuitive system.  You will see Thrive in action while at this workshop. (

The workshop runs from 8:00am to 4:30pm each day. Lunch and Snacks included.

Register for this workshop at the this link:

Contact Jamie at Lean Technologies for more information 866-532-6832
or send email to the Lean Technologies team at

By |2016-11-22T10:06:35+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Tradeshows/Events|0 Comments

Lean 2008 Maintenance and Reliability in Review

Well, my first trade show is over.  It was a good experience!  I learned a lot (about being a vendor at a trade show instead of an attendee) and met some good people that are working hard to improve their organizations.


I made a quasi-three-dimensional tour of the vendor area.  You can view that here, if you’d like.  (It’s made with Photosynth…you’ll need Internet Explorer…sorry FireFox and Chrome users).

Also made some contacts at a couple of partnership opportunities.  Hung out in the booth next to Glenn Davis of VenTek.  He’s got some cool remote sensing technology that’s worth a look…and it appears they’re might be some synergy between the hardware they provide and Thrive.  Also spent some time talking with Mike Bresko of General Physics.  They help many of the country’s Fortune 500 companies to "achieve operational excellence" (a throwback for me to the original Compass tag-line…"Compass" being the original name for Thrive before some trademark concerns…trip down memory lane displayed below).  Check them out if you need consulting or training services.

Compass throwback logo!


Some Summaries

While I didn’t attend them all, I did go to some of the keynotes.  I’m just taking a quick scan of my notes, and will probably end up highlighting some pretty arbitrary stuff here, but here goes!

Klaus Blache, General Motors

Klaus kicked off the whole event on Monday.  He had some pretty diverse experiences with General Motors, including transforming the culture to lean at both existing GM facilities and at newly created ones.  Interesting connection that Klaus made through data during his experiences was an indirect connection between ergonomics and quality.  Ergonomics impacting peoples’ attendance, and poor attendance impacts quality.


Also, I loved Klaus’s presentation because somehow he managed to get his hands on some pretty old-school slides!  It’s like they’re out of some film produced in the 1970’s.  Good stuff!

slide1 slide2

Rick Fox, Alcoa Power Plant

Rick "chaired" a panel discussion with some other Alcoa employees.  They rattled off some impressive statistics about their successes through lean, including a $5 million ROI, 2 years without a recordable injury, and a maintenance backlog that went from 22 weeks down to 3-5 weeks.  And they shared an interesting statistic that the price of electricity changes every 6 minutes…woah!

David Hicks, Auburn University

I thought David had an excellent presentation and certainly disproved my generally held belief that people from academic institutions are often out of touch with the "real world" (wherever that is, anyway).  The Auburn University Technical Assistance Center surely gets my endorsement if you’re in need of assistance.  What really stood out in his presentation was their use of visual performance/information boards.


Todd Bennett, United Southern

Todd’s and United Southern’s (USI) is a great story that is still unfolding.  With significant competition in the plastic injection molding industry, USI has had to adopt a tremendous change in culture just to stay in business.  Through "zone control" on the shop floor, they have been able to drive significant improvement in quality, delivery, safety, and cost.  Some of the more impressive stats are that they took PPM down from 3417 to 255 in just two years and have an approximate annual savings of $80K in scrap costs, which for a company their size (I forget, but I believe it’s less than 100 people), makes a tremendous impact.

Okay, Worn Out

Alright, that’s about all the summarizing I can do for now.  In the meantime, I’m thinking about some future shows: one of which is in Florida in April (can’t find their web site right now) and the other is the GATF/PIA Continuous Improvement Conference in Lexington, KY in April.  Maybe see you there!

By |2008-10-22T10:07:47+00:00October 22nd, 2008|Manufacturing, People, Tradeshows/Events|0 Comments

Live from Chicago! It’s Lean 2008

All setup for Lean Tech’s first trade show.  At the Marriott in Schaumberg, IL for Lean Manufacturing 2008: Lean Tools for Maintenance & Reliability.  Here’s my booth!


Thanks to Tom Flynn of Lessing Flynn in Des Moines for the awesome booth design, Chuck Bloyer at Beeline and Blue in Des Moines for the booth printing and rental, and Jamie and Sarah Gyolai and Mike Kleis for their trade show insight!

For some reason the picture came out a little dark…may have to try another shot later without the blinding flood light on.

Everything gets going tomorrow morning.  First keynote is from Klaus Blache of General Motors.  See you in the morning!

By |2008-10-05T19:53:50+00:00October 5th, 2008|Business, Manufacturing, People, Tradeshows/Events|0 Comments

Lean Technologies heading to Lean Manufacturing 2008

…in Schaumburg, IL on October 6-8.  "Lean Tools for Maintenance & Reliability" is the tagline for the event.  Look for us at booth #112.  This is a first for Lean Tech, so we’ll see how it goes!  Should be a good opportunity to see how we can help people, as a lot of Lean Tech’s customers have used Thrive to drive improvement in machine reliability as a part of their lean efforts.  Looking forward to it.

By |2008-08-04T14:00:45+00:00August 4th, 2008|Tradeshows/Events|0 Comments
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