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Facilitated by: IPFW & Purdue University Technical Assistance Program

Purpose of the Network

Bring together manufacturing leaders to discuss the newest trends in advanced manufacturing especially within lean and share lessons learned for the purpose of advancing the competitiveness of their companies and the region. Beyond the networking, activities will include but not limited to plant tours, presentations on hot topics, demonstrations, or panel discussions. The agenda will be driven by the network.

Upcoming Meetings:


Tuesday, December 16 - Fort Wayne - IPFW Systems Engineering- EDL Lab - Register 

Wednesday, December 17 - Warsaw - Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) - Register

Meeting topic: Machine/Line/Cell Monitoring for process optimization is the focus of these meetings - Should we monitor OEE, Performance to Takt Time, or something else? We will explore the topic with short company presentations - volunteers needed. IPFW Systems Engineering will introduce the concept of White Sheet Standard work - for when things are going according to plan and Green (the color of money) Sheet Standard Work - for when abnormal conditions exist and things are not going as planned. We will include a member exercise where tables/groups are asked to share at least one benchmark or challenge with the meeting.


Tuesday, February 03 - Fort Wayne - IPFW Systems Engineering- EDL Lab - Register 

Wednesday, February 04 - Warsaw - Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) - Register 

Meeting topic: Sustaining Improvements - "How To?" - Best Practices. Looking for short company presentations and networking sharing best practices and challenges. Use of Problem Solving and a culture that supports it and use of PDCA will be discussed.


Tuesday, April 14 - Fort Wayne - IPFW Systems Engineering- EDL Lab - Register 

Wednesday, April 15 - Warsaw - Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) - Register 

Meeting topic: Energy/resource Management - The next generation for "Green" - with short company presentations. Focusing on use of technology and logic to monitor, limit, and control energy/resource consumption. We are looking for companies to do short presentations on current benchmarking opportunities.


Tuesday, June 09 - Fort Wayne - IPFW Systems Engineering- EDL Lab - Register 

Wednesday, June 10 - Warsaw - Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo) - Register 

Meeting topic: Matrices to Run the business. As Jeff Hockemeyer put it --- so that everyone knows true North. We will build on this over the next few months. We would like for this to include how and what to communicate to whom in the organization for best results.

If you would like to be considered for the advisory committee, suggest a new member, volunteer to provide a tour, propose a topic or have any other suggestions please email Melissa Kurten, Director of Training Outreach or Joe Sepkovich, Systems Engineering--Senior Research Associate.


Corporate Advantage Newsletter -  December 2014

Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Fall 2014

Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Summer 2014

Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Spring 2014

Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Winter 2014

Reference Documents and Presentations

New - Collective System Design 

New - Toyoto Kata Presentation

Where to Begin QCO

Introduction to ERP

Kaizen - Wayne Metals

Wayne Metals Presentation

Introduction to Value Stream Mapping

Smith Brothers Setup Reduction

Lean Network Meeting - July 15

Quick Changeover Presentation

Lean Overview & Paper Airplane Activity

Chemtura NE IN Lean Network SMED

Bendix ECCO2 Presentation

Chemtura Changeover Sheets

Fort Wayne Metal Green Initiative

Bendix - Fork Lift SMED

I and M Presentation

Advisory Committee

Purdue TAP Lean Network Meeting

Energy Efficiency Services Presentation

Smith Bros Going Green

Grants & Green Manufacturing Links & Contacts

Wayne Metals Going Green

Kaizen - Human Side of Lean Bunge

Root Cause Analysis Presentation

Kaizen - Line 2 CO Reduction BioLab

Root Cause Analysis Group Activity

How to Maintain a Problem Solving Culture

Indiana Michigan Power's C & I Rebates Program

Project Charter

Lean Office Improvement Handout

Lean Office Presentation

Ergonomics and Their Impact

Kaizen Presentation Format Guidelines

Kaizen Presentation Basics

Oji Intertech Value Stream Presentation

Lean Overview

5S Training

Nisco Lean Service Kaizen 6-6-13

Nisco Low Volume Lean 6-6-13

Wayne Metals Our Lean 6-6-13

OJI Job Shop Lean 6-6-13

Trelleborg Job Ship 6-6-13

Additional Links

IPFW Entrepreneurship & Corporate Training Center

Purdue University TAP

Discover Six Sigma

Lead by Members - Sponsored by IPFW Training Outreach, IPFW Systems Engineering and Purdue TAP/MEP



Training Programs in Lean Manufacturing:

Lean Links

Corporate Advantage Newsletter

Reference Documents and Presentations

Additional Links

Contact Information

Questions or to have your name added to the Network, please contact:

Melissa Kurten


or email melissa.kurten@ipfw.edu