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Lean Apartment

The tiny transforming apartment that packs eight rooms into 350 square feet! So impressive!

FatBoy Pencil Lead Switcheroo

Martin Atkins, of Toolovation, sent up this video show a very creative way to switch leads on FastCap’s FatBoy Pencil. For more information on this product, visit our website.

Morning Meeting Visitor

Paul – GREAT meeting this morning, thank you for letting me be a part of your team for a bit. Most enjoyable items for me were:

  • Cleaning!
  • Openness in looking for problems, asking why 5 times and getting to the root problem, and how to improve.
  • Going through the 8 wastes using real life scenarios.
  • Being aware of your surroundings (zebras and crocs – what a brutal, but motivating video).

A fun saying that goes with survival:

“Each day, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion to survive. Each day the lion wakes up and knows he must outrun the slowest gazelle to survive. For us, that means every day, when the sun comes up, we better be running!”

You have an awesome culture there, open, honest, hardworking, not afraid, humble, and ready to work. Simply, put, you have an AWESOME team there!

The best is yet to come!

Fred Kennedy
General Manager
Pioneer Post Frame Inc

Viking Academy

Paul,

Just letting you know that I appreciate the email updates and links to the American Innovator. Also, I have no problem helping out people in our region that may reach out to you looking for some words of encouragement or knowledge / experience sharing.

Things are going well here. We just graduated our 3rd class of Viking Academy. These folks received some more targeted training in 2 second lean and cultural change to augment what is shared at our drumbeats. It’s a rewarding process. Lots of hard work, but rewarding. The group that recently graduated includes operators, material handlers, mold setup, customer service, program management, and our operations manager. It was a diverse group and allowed us to break down barriers between departments and through levels within the organization.

Have a great weekend. Travel safely.
Shawn
Viking Plastics

Timber Time Tips

Brab Baber, of Timber Time, provides some tips for using FastCaps ProCarpenter Timberframe Tape Measure. For more information on this product, visit our website.

Unloading Big Load of Bamboo

Wayne Adelkopf of Noble Woodworks submitted this video showing the lean way to unload a truck!

For more information on Lean, go to 2 Second Lean.

Walkway Rehabilitation

The folks at Walters & Wolf really show how to fix what bugs you!!!

For more information on Lean, go to 2 Second Lean.

Mounting a Drawer Front

Paul Aker’s demonstrated how to us FastCap’s Blind Nail Kit and Kolbe Korner (metal) to mount a drawer front. For more information on FastCap’s Blind Nail Kit, go here. For more information on FastCap’s Kolbe Korner (metal), go here. For more information on FastCap’s Fastcaps, go here. For more information on FastCap’s ProHold, go here.

Tube Offcut Sizing

Sam shares a 2 Second Lean improvement that not only saves time but also makes his job easier! What a great idea…and so simple! For more information on lean, visit 2 Second Lean.

iPole on the Longboard

Francisco Pardorla submitted this video stating, “Just got the iPole and wanted to test it out. Nothing to exciting or extreme just checking out the gadget that allows you to use for iPhone to film yourself. Cool device, well made, at a good price.”

For more information on FastCap’s iPole product line, visit our website.

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