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Upcoming Events:
  • May 4 - Lean Coffee Chat in Brighton
  • May 17 - Event with ASQ (Open soon!)
  • May 18 - Healthcare Symposium (Lean: A Safer Tomorrow) at Henry Ford West Bloomfield 
  • May 25 - Lean at a Horse Farm
  • June 15 - Kanban for Everyone
  • June 22 - DTMB Energy Center Tour
  • August 8-10 - Annual Conference in Traverse City
If you have any ideas for events in 2018 or would like to be on the planning team, please respond to this email!
The annual conference will once again offer The Leadership Track: Continuous Improvement for The Lean Leader

We all need refreshers on the finer points of leadership but developing a customized leadership plan is what will take the points and turn them into positive change. Here’s what a 2017 participant in the program says:

“In August of 2017 I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the first ever Leadership Tracking program designed by the Michigan Lean Consortium at its annual conference. The layout consisted of highly effective speakers who have implemented many lean concepts and shared their learnings with the class. The class was small which allowed us to get the most out of each speaker’s presentation. There was some pre-work to be done and hands-on class work which both helped to make the program extremely successful. Being the inaugural leadership track program, it was very well done. The facilitators took our feedback seriously and are working on ways to improve the offering this year. One of my key takeaways is I have been paired up with another class member as a coach and to help each other on monthly calls to review the progress on our personal leadership plan. This has been very beneficial to both of us. Those who take this program will definitely learn and apply best practices to be the best leader they can be!”

-Pat Dwyse
2017 MLC Leadership Track Participant


To sign up, mark your calendars for August 8-10 in Traverse City! Registration opens VERY SOON!

Click HERE to see a bird’s eye view of the program.

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20 fewer trucks go to the hazardous waste landfill thanks to the work of Prahlad Krishna

Fly ash transportation and disposal costs were rising at the Energy Resources waste wood plant in Stockton, California. A closer look indicated a $158,000 monthly gap between targeted and actual disposal costs. Prahlad Krishna, CI Engineer, and his team were tasked with eliminating this gap.

Using an A3, the team broke down the problem and discovered there was no process in place to control the pH level of the fly ash. A pH of more than 12.44 is considered hazardous waste and many of the fly ash loads exceeded that level, thus requiring more costly transportation and disposal.

Through numerous rapid experiments, the team adjusted the application of calcium chloride to the fly ash to reduce its pH level. A new in-house pH testing protocol was designed and implemented to monitor and maintain pH levels below 12.44. This work eliminated the routing of at least 20 trucks to hazardous waste landfills and saves the plant $105,098 in monthly disposal costs.

Learnings from the experimentation and design criteria for Calcium Chloride treatment was shared with Stockton's sister plant in Woodland.

See the full A3 here.
We are looking for one more person to be on The Leaning Edge tomorrow! Respond to this email ASAP if you're interested! 
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