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Vantec Team Members “go see” with a St. Louis Gemba Walk to learn from other Continuous Improvement companies.

5 Members of the Vantec Team, travel to St. Louis to learn to see waste and benchmark best practices, in St. Louis.  We visited four manufacturing sites in two days.  Many ideas to bring back and implement in our plant.  Thank you to our hosts, Empire Comfort, Cambridge Engineering, and Emerson.

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10 members of the Vantec Team benchmark best practices from other great manufacturers, in Wisconsin.

We visited 6 plants in three days. Thank you to our gracious hosts for allowing us inside to benchmark with their continuous improvement leaders. We visited Ariens, Parker, Bemis Manufacturing, Harley Davidson Powertrain Operations, H-D Museum, Serigraph, and Hansen Plastics.

The Vantec Team came back excited and ready to implement great improvements!! Our team rocks!!  Our next Lean learning journey, will be to St. Louis to spend time with Cambridge Engineering and Empire Comfort.

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Vantec takes team members on Michigan benchmarking gemba walks with YPO Manufacturing Excellence Network, in October.

Vantec visited Lean leading companies, Herman Miller, Shingo Silver award winner- Micron, Zingerman’s, Fanuc North American HQ, Cascade Engineering, Flex-N-Gate, Jabil, AMT, GE digital Hub, and we had two MIT speakers joining us,  

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Governor Branstad visits Vantec for MFG DAY, today, along with Iowa House Representative, Rob Bacon, and Iowa Senator, Jerry Behn

 

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MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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Vantec team featured in Plastics News article

http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20160719/NEWS/160719831/hotzler-is-a-lean-maniac

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Lean manufacturing expert visits local plant. Improving processes, reducing waste.

Former Toyota President, Ritsuo Shingo, visits Vantec after attending the Shingo Institute Conference.

Read the full article published in the Freeman Journal on 6-7-2016  https://shar.es/1Jvnyr

Some pictures courtesy of the Freeman Journal.  Tanya Shingo and Sherri Tanya and Shingo Shingo with Vantec Team 6-2-2016 Ritsuo Shingo at Vantec June 2 2016

 

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Vantec strongly believes in learning the Toyota Production System. Vantec president & CEO studies Toyota and their suppliers in Japan with other presidents.

Vantec CEO, Sherri Hotzler, attends Japan Study Mission with Norm Bodek and Paul Akers.  As Chairman of  the Manufacturing Excellence Network in Young Presidents Organization, she lead the Lean Study Mission with John Shook, Karl Wadensten, Tadahiro Kawada and Paul Akers.  The event won YPO”s Best Business Network Event 2016.  Time was spent touring Toyota and their supplier plants, as well as Lexus Plant 2.  Former Toyota president Mr, Amezawa, Mr. Ritsuo Shingo, Dr. Mori of DMG Mori, John Shook of LEI, Takahiro Fujimoto of the University of Tokyo, and many of the attendees fortunate enough to learn from these extraordinary leaders.

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 1, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCe1Xs50fDE

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 2, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbDCy8zIgSM

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 3, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgMSwfxofY

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 4, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZDs-K-4cVc

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 5, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQH3GVTBaI

YPO Japan Study Mission Day 6, by Paul Akers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvNnq6qhuIM

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Vantec adds four new presses to their lineup.

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Vantec adds two new TOYO Si-200-6 presses and two new ARBURG 165-520E presses for additional capacity.

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Vantec adds two new presses to their Webster City plant.

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Vantec adds a new TOYO Si-110-6 and a new TOYO Si-150-6 injection molding machine to replace older models. The new models have many new features, take up less space, and monitor electricity usage.

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Vantec hosts a gemba walk with Paul Akers and Karl Wadensten.

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