Benchmarking Tour: A-dec – June 12 (FULL)

Benchmarking Tour: A-dec – June 12 (FULL)

Events, Learning Tours
Tour Focus: Lean Principles in Practice Host Company – A-dec website A-dec designs and manufactures dental equipment at their headquarters in Newberg, Oregon. The A-dec vision began with a simple idea: make the best better. From their simple beginnings, A-dec has emerged as one of the most respected names in the dental industry. In 1964, founders Ken and Joan Austin made the biggest choice of their lives: risk it all to start a company of their own. Little did they know that an invention and a dream would help revolutionize the world of dentistry. 60 years later, A-dec is an employer of choice and the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable dental operatory equipment. They continue to work for the betterment of dentistry and embed their values into the work they…
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Benchmarking Tour: WCT – May 16 (FULL)

Benchmarking Tour: WCT – May 16 (FULL)

Events, Learning Tours
Host Company – World Class Technology (WCT) website World Class Technology (WCT), located in McMinnville, OR has quickly become a global leader in the latest Metal Injection Molding techniques. Years of refining techniques have created uncompromising quality, high yields, and cost efficiency. WCT's state of the art equipment includes CAD/CAM design, CNC, EDM, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), Sintering and Coining. Our first exposure to CI was in 2019 when we invited Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to come in and help with a backlog problem in one of our production lines which resulted in a huge success. Since then, CI has been one of our main focuses for identifying Value Added and Non-Value Added steps in our production process. We’re still new to this CI mindset and still learning every day to…
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Benchmarking Tour: Ichor Systems – April 25th (FULL)

Benchmarking Tour: Ichor Systems – April 25th (FULL)

Events, Learning Tours
Host Company – Ichor Systems (website link) Ichor is the leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of critical fluid delivery subsystems and components for semiconductor capital equipment. Our products include the gas and chemical delivery subsystems that are key elements in the process tools used for commercial semiconductor device manufacturing. At our Tualatin, Oregon facility, our key processes include plastic fabrication for chemical delivery systems and stainless fabrications for gas delivery systems. Tour Summary Our goal as we began re-energizing our CI program a few years ago was a strong focus on sustaining improvement and employee engagement.  As we moved forward implementing 5S, visual management, and standard work, we wanted to ensure continuous improvement efforts were ongoing, recognized, and shared among all our sites.  One of the key management practices…
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The Bench – April 22nd

The Bench – April 22nd

Benchmark Request, Events
Two benchmarking topics: Choose to discuss 1) 5S/6S programs or 2) Employee Engagement (we split into breakout rooms) To increase the opportunities for each of our members to collaborate, share, and learn from each other we are inviting you to join us at The Bench on the 22nd of each month. The Bench is an open-forum exchange of best practices. In April, we’ll split into self-assigned groups and focus on the list of topics below. 1) 5S/6S programs - how to get started, how to sustain, easy wins, etc. 2) Employee Engagement - how you influence, how do you measure, what challenges are you facing, etc. Date: April 22, 2024 Time: 11-11:55am (Pacific) Registration: available for NWHPEC members through Zoom (click below) Register
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The Bench – March 22nd

The Bench – March 22nd

Benchmark Request, Events
Two benchmarking topics: Choose to discuss 1) DEI or 2) Quality Metrics/Quality Systems To increase the opportunities for each of our members to collaborate, share, and learn from each other we are inviting you to join us at The Bench on the 22nd of each month. The Bench is an open-forum exchange of best practices. In March, we’ll split into self-assigned groups and focus on the list of topics below. 1) DEI - An opportunity to talk about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in your organization. 2) Quality Metrics and Quality Systems. How do you measure quality? What's working, what isn't? How are your systems set up to support your metrics? Date: Mar 22, 2024 Time: 11-11:55am (Pacific) Registration: available for NWHPEC members through Zoom (click below) Register
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The Bench – Feb 22nd

The Bench – Feb 22nd

Benchmark Request, Events
2 Topics: Choose CI Metrics/CI Teams OR Leadership development skills To increase the opportunities for each of our members to collaborate, share, and learn from each other we are inviting you to join us at The Bench on the 22nd of each month. The Bench is an open-forum exchange of best practices. In February, we’ll split into self-assigned groups and focus on the list of topics below. 1) CI Metrics & How Lean Teams are organized You bring the questions and challenges; the group will offer advice and share lessons learned. 2) Supervisor/Leadership Development Skills What are your needs/requirements for training? Help shape NWHPEC leadership training in the upcoming year to fit your needs/demands. Date: Feb 22, 2024 Time: 11-11:55am (Pacific) Registration: available for NWHPEC members through Zoom (click below)…
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The Bench: Beyond Lean Manufacturing – Oct 23rd

The Bench: Beyond Lean Manufacturing – Oct 23rd

Benchmark Request, Events
In October's "Bench"marking session, we'll be discussing the topic of applying lean beyond manufacturing areas. This is a great opportunity to talk with others about where and how they are engaging people throughout the organization and making traction on documenting and improving administrative processes. This is an open forum discussion, all are welcome to come ask questions, share ideas, and share best practices. Applicable to any organization outside of manufacturing: HR, finance, product development, marketing, IT, etc. Date: Monday, October 23, 2023 Time: 11:30am (Pacific) Venue: Zoom Registration open to all NWHPEC members. Click here.
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