Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Three 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, the workplace organization method standing for: sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain. Last month, we turned our attention toward setup reduction. In this issue, we hope you enjoy our story on Total Productive Maintenance.
Lean Part IV: Total Productive Maintenance

Every manufacturing business owner knows that breakdowns or delays in the manufacturing process can make or break an organization, 
Bringing Technology to Your Business

Lean management is just one approach to help maximize product quality and reduce production costs . Starting now, we are expanding our focus to touch on ways your organization can enhance its technology applications to bring about critical business solutions.
Hawkins, Inc. Acquires Stauber Performance Ingredients

In 2011, Stauber Performance Ingredients had a vision to take their "good" ingredients manufacturer to "world class" status. Today, that vision has become a reality. Hawkins, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Stauber from ICV Partners II, L.P. and its other shareholders in a cash for stock transaction.

Company Profile: GTI Graphic Technology Inc.

Read about HVTDC's client in the Council of Industry's Fall, 2015 issue of their magazine, HV Mfg. Located in the heart of Newburgh and celebrating its 40th year in business, GTI is the world's premier designer and manufacturer of critical color viewing and inspection systems.

Register Today for an Important ISO 9001:2015 Update

The ISO 9001:2015 revision has been officially released -- the first major revision since ISO 9001:2000. It takes into account the vast changes in technology, business diversity, and global commerce.

If you are interested in attending a special workshop on March 18 featuring the revisions, please register here. For more information, contact Phyllis Levine at (845) 391-8214 ext. 3001 or at

Manufacturing Trivia of the Month

With what product did the term "brand name" originate?

A. Cattle
B. Whiskey
C. Brandy
D. Bread

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Quote of the Month

"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen." 

~ Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder
This Day In History

January 20, 1857: Inventor William Kelly patented the blast furnace for manufacturing steel.

January 20, 1885:
The roller coaster was patented by inventor and businessman, LaMarcus Adna Thompson.  
Upcoming Events
Fuzehub Live Webinar
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 11 am - 12 pm: Join the live  webinar on how high performance computing helps companies win SBIR funding.
Mid-Hudson APICS Presents: The Marriage of ISO and Lean Six-Sigma
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Youngest Brother Italian Restaurant in Newburgh, NY: The revision of ISO 9001:2015 finally provides the missing balance between the ISO quality management system (QMS) requirements and your lean six-sigma process. The new version will force organizations to change their QMS, and this offers an excellent opportunity to integrate lean into your ISO-based QMS. The time to start is now!
Manufacturing Trivia of the Month

Answer: B

Whiskey producers branded their names on the barrels they shipped out. 
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