LEAN Website

By: Ken Snyder

A little over a year ago, at the invitation of Professor Eric Olsen of Cal Poly, the Shingo Institute became re-engaged in the Lean Education Academic Network, or LEAN. This is a group of teachers, researchers and other academics from around the world who are involved in Lean curriculum design and research. LEAN was originally formed in the 1990s and was fairly active until a few years ago. The Shingo Institute was heavily involved in this group for a while, but then pulled out. As mentioned, a little over a year ago, Eric got a group of us got together for the purpose of re-invigorating LEAN.

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A First for Russia

By: Ken Snyder

I am pleased to announce that the Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, Naro Fominsk Ends facility will receive the Shingo Prize at our annual conference in April. This is the first organization located in Russia to receive a Shingo Prize, or any Shingo-related recognition. The Naro Fominsk Ends facility is located about 70 km southwest of Moscow and manufactures beverage cans for use in the Russian marketplace. This facility, originally part of Rexam PLC until Ball’s acquisition in 2016, is now part of the Ball Beverage Packaging Europe region and one of four end manufacturing plants in Europe.

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