Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Five 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. Join us as we turn our attention toward Kanban. We hope you enjoy the story.
Lean Part V: Demystifying Kanban

If your business value isn't flowing out the door consistently, it's not performing to its maximum potential. A stricter focus on flow will reset your mind to value finishing over starting.
Bringing Technology to Your Business - Part I: Analysis and Improvement 
"Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road."
HVTDC Congratulates Fala Technologies

Fala Technologies successfully completed the Front Line Leadership Training series as they continue ushering in a renewed company-wide focus on improving the direct management and leadership of employees.

Senator Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation to Boost Manufacturing 

The legislation will look to create a permanent program to put designated "manufacturing communities" in front of the line to receive federal economic development funding.
Lean: A Sales Approach

"How's business"? How often do you hear or ask this? More often than not, the answer is "Good". What does that mean?
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

In what year was the first American automobile sold for export?

A. 1893
B. 1905
C. 1910
D. 1923
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Quote of the Month

"Don't worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop."

~ Jeffrey Zeldman, author & designer

Upcoming Events
2016 NY-BEST Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10, 2016 at The Marriott in Albany, NY: Join industry leaders at Capture the Energy 2016, the largest energy storage conference in the Northeastern US and NY-BEST's premier event.
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!
Manufacturers Alliance Advocacy in Albany Day
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Albany, NY: Visit with statewide manufacturers and discuss issues of importance with elected officials. Don't miss the opportunity to make your voice heard!
ISO 9001:2015 Update
Friday, March 18, 2016 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in New Windsor, NY: 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. Join Co-Founder and President of E-Prism Solutions, Chuck Mitman, for a workshop addressing critical issues surrounding the change.
The Seven Macro Developments Reshaping Supply Chain Management
Wednesday, April, 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm aAttend this APICS Extra Live webinar to discover the seven key advancements, shifts, and events influencing both management style and action and how the implications of these macro developments will change the future of supply chain management. Available to APICS members only.

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
Manufacturing Trivia of the Month

Answer: A

In 1893, an Olds gasoline steam carriage was shipped to Bombay, India for use by the branch office of a British patent medicine company. 
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