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Learn What Lean Means to Toyota, re:
Problem Solving Methodology

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A two-day educational program from the Tool and Die Futures Initiative, sponsored by Oakland University’s Center for Integrated Business Research and Education, will feature guest speaker Jeff Lucas, assistant manager for the Toyota Purchasing Total Cost Assessment Group. The program’s theme: Communication, Lean Manufacturing and a Problem-Solving Challenge. It sets out to explain that lean manufacturing is not a set of tools nor some new technology or software program. Rather, it’s a company culture and a of thinking, and requires concise communication and a consistent problem-solving methodology—a of life, if you will, and a necessity for competing in a global market with a competitive cost index. The program runs from Thursday, September 30 (1-5 p.m.) to Friday, October 1 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.),at Elliot Hall Auditorium at Oakland University, Auburn Hills, MI, and addresses these and other topics: • Communication and Change Point Management • Problem Solving Methodology • 14 Principles of a Culture Returning to its Roots • Driving Growth through Innovation—Developing an Innovation Ecosystem. Learn more and register to attend here.

Little Rock HVAC Fabricator Acquired

Monday, September 20, 2010
M&M Manufacturing, LLC, Fort Worth, TX, acquired The Wilkins Corp., Little Rock, AR. Wilkins operates a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant to manufacture steel duct pipe and fittings for the HVAC industry. M&M, also a supplier of HVAC pipe and fittings, operates facilities in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston, TX, and also operates a Precision Products division that manufactures precision sheetmetal parts for a variety of industries;

AP&T Introduces Turnkey Production Lines
for Air-Duct Parts

Monday, September 20, 2010
Designed to allow a production facility to quickly begin serving customers reliably and efficiently, new turnkey air-duct production lines from AP&T include a hydraulic press and tooling, and all of the equipment needed for blank feeding with cutting, press feeding and outfeeding. Production solutions can be delivered as a fully automated line or as individual machines prepared for later automation;


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