LEAN vs. MRP Friend or Foe?

KCMN April meeting and SOR plant tour – Thanks to all who made this tour a great success – for those who missed the tour, photos are below!

SOR has been on a LEAN journey since 2010.  A significant element of this LEAN journey has been design and implementation of techniques for improving demand flow.  Everything SOR supplies is executed via a configure and build to order process.  With the many options offered in our product set this results in a high mix production environment with a relatively high variability in demand.  Come see how SOR has used LEAN demand flow techniques such as design capacity, Kanban, and standard packaging, in concert with MRP in our LEAN implementation.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 
7:30  – 9:00 AM
14685 West 105th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215Print

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Registration, breakfast and networking
8:00 – 8:20 AM – SOR company presentation
8:20 – 9:00 AM  Plant tour

Please bring safety glasses or sunglasses to wear for the tour, as protective eyewear is required on the shop floor.  Closed toe shoes are also required.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

SOR Overview

SOR is a Kansas based globally recognized manufacturer and marketer of high quality process instrumentation. We offer a comprehensive line of pressure, level, temperature and flow measurement products. SOR actively serves all sectors of the process industry, with our particular strength being in the Oil & Gas, Power, Petrochemical, and Chemical segments.

 Due to limited space, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event. Guests may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

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Safety: What You Need to Know in 2013

Kansas City Manufacturing Network March MeetingSafety First

In a business environment where what you don’t know can hurt you, it’s important to know how to keep employees safe, and how regulatory requirements can affect both productivity and the health of your business. KCMN’s March meeting will feature 3 speakers who will get you up to speed on best practices and regulatory compliance.

David E. Redlin, REM, QSP, Registered Environmental & Safety Professional, Progressive Environmental & Safety Consulting Services: Safety is Every body’s Business, a “Common Sense” guide to: Assuring Worker Safety, OSHA Compliance, Insurance Rate Reduction (Lower EMR & Injury Case Management) and using your Safety Program as a Marketing Tool! Dave can answer any questions concerning OSHA, EPA or DOT regulations.

Allen Vinyard,  SHARP Coordinator,  Kansas Department of Labor: Allen’s  presentation will cover what to expect when the OSHA consultant visits your location.  What paperwork should be done, what the consultant looks for during an inspection, and what to expect from the report.

Daniel Stark, CIH, Assistant Director and Program Manager with the Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program: Daniel will provide an over view of the Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program.  The presentation will cover the Programs history, operational aspects, and the various benefits in participating in the Program.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013  – note the date change!
7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org   

Our founding sponsors, Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (www.mamtc.com) and Missouri Enterprise, (www.missourienterprise.org) will be our sponsors for this event. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

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About our Presenters

Allen Vinyard is a Safety Consultant/SHARP Coordinator with the Kansas Department of Labor, Industrial Safety and Health Unit. In his current position, he conducts work place inspections at various businesses across the state of Kansas, and coordinates the SHARP program. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) provides incentives and support to small, high-hazard employers to work with their employees to develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs. Allen is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Safety Management. In his career, he has worked with the Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Department of Transportation, and Hamm Construction.

Daniel Stark is the Program Manager for the Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program within the Missouri Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards.   Before becoming Program Manager, Mr. Stark was a safety and health consultant within the OSHA Consultation Program for 10 years in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.  He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri.   Mr. Stark is also Board Certified through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Dave Redlin, AKA Safety Dave, is a Registered Environmental Manager (REM), Qualified Safety Professional (QSP) an OSHA Training Institute Outreach Trainer and founder of Progressive Environmental & Safety (PES) Consultants based in Kansas City since 1988. He has experience in small and large Machine Shops, Tool & Die Shops, Plastic Injection Molding facilities and Construction companies. He has a vast knowledge of OSHA, EPA & DOT compliance, training and Audits. He is the “Go-To” Guy when OSHA, EPA or DOT conducts an inspection. He will represent you during the inspection, develop a corrective action plan and obtain a settlement or complete dismissal of some Citations or penalties. He has conducted more Informal Settlements with the Kansas and Kansas City Area Office of OSHA than anyone else in the industry!