Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Several months ago, we started you on the road to Lean with Value Stream Mapping. Then, we continued to demystify Lean techniques by focusing on 5S, setup reduction, and Total Productive Maintenance, Kanban, and Visual Control. Join us as we turn our attention toward Quality at the Source. We hope you enjoy the story.
Lean Part VII: Quality at the Source  

"Fix your situation before it becomes a condition." Author Larry Winget.

Catch errors at the earliest point of production, and measure quality output at every step of the production process with the application of Quality at the Source.
Another Look at 5S

A Tidy Workplace and the Psychology Behind 5S    
A recent and rigorous study shows that the mere appearance of neatness and organization improves work performance. Specifically, the study demonstrated 167% improvement in persistence and attention span, 10% improvement in productivity, and improved ability to control impulse behavior. 
6 Proven Ways to Boost Your Manufacturing Performance 

Improvement usually requires innovation, and innovation is often the distinguishing factor that separates the leaders from the followers.
Collaboration + Diversification = How Sales & Operations Can Win More Together
If Sales and Operations collaborate, diversification can happen along with increased profitability, without incurring additional costs.
HVTDC Welcomes Valley Manufacturers for ISO Update Event 
On Friday, March 18, manufacturers from across the Hudson Valley were introduced to the latest updates to ISO 9001:2015.
Manufacturing Trivia of the Month

How many pounds of pesticides are used annually on lawns in the United State?

A. 4 million
B. 17 million
C. 45 million
D. 67 million
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Quote of the Month

"Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you."

~ Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO  
Upcoming Events
Infrastructure and the Region
Friday, May 20 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
2016 CCMR Symposium
Wednesday, May 25 in Ithaca, NY: highlighting recent advances in novel characterization methods utilizing electrons for probing structural, physical and chemical properties of materials with spatial resolution ranging from atomic to macroscopic length scale
Food Safety Modernization Act Educational Seminar
Tuesday, June 21 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am at SUNY New Paltz, room TBD : What does FSMA mean for your business? Who needs a PCQI? The FDA rolled out the final installment of the new safety regulations that begun in 2011. Take part in this educational seminar to find out if your business is fully compliant, and what to do to get your facility up to date if it's not. Stay tuned for more information. 
Manufacturing Trivia of the Month

Answer: D
A  whopping 67 million pounds of pesticides are used annually on lawns in the United States. 
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