Bowden Blog – New Hiring Program

Our Bowden Blog is back after sorting out some technical issues in our filming and editing and I’m excited to stray a little from our recent 2-Second Lean theme.

We’ve got a new hiring program that we’re very excited about, bringing in fresh Engineering graduates into our shop.  They are seeking to learn and we are seeking to help them on a journey to be Manufacturing Engineers.

In this quick video, we’ll introduce a few of them to you!

Thanks for watching,  Andy

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean Struggle – “What Should I Improve Today?!?”

For this edition of the Bowden Blog, we’re dealing with the struggle of what to do with our Daily Improvement Time.

It’s mid-January and my daughter, Abby, is helping film and edit the videos.  It’s her first one and this one ended up a bit long…she’ll clearly have to work to get the “talent” (me!) to ramble a bit less…

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you keep your Team focused and engaged, as there is always plenty of opportunity to improve!

Thanks, Andy

Bowden Blog – New Year’s Edition to Kickoff 2018!

We’re excited to get 2018 started here at Bowden!

My New Year’s Resolution is to get more consistently adding content to the Blog and my youngest daughter, Abby, is going to help me out!

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Thanks, Andy

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean – Changing Out Windows During Improvement Time

We’ve got a new Team in action for our 30-minute improvement time – Replacing machine windows.

This is a big example of what Paul Akers describes in his book, 2-Second Lean, of FIXING WHAT BUGS YOU!

It’s so much nicer and more effective to have clean windows….and it doesn’t cost that much to do it.

Check out Tony, Adam, Jeremy and Brent in action!

Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes Continued

Once again, we’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’ve taken the next steps in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Marvin continues to refine our method to keep the chips contained from ending up on the floor near the machine.

Bowden Blog: 2 Second Lean – Clamp Cell Chip Chutes

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey with our Daily Morning Improvement Time each day and creating videos to show our improvements.

We’re continuing in our Machining Cell where we’re running Clamps, as we look to transform the Cell through our daily actions.

In today’s video, Jeremy and Marvin are working to keep the chips from the machining operation contained to keep their workbench cleaner.

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean – It’s Hammer Time!

We’re continuing on our 2-Second Lean journey each day and starting to put together more videos showing our improvements.

Here’s our latest one from this morning’s Improvement Time on the shop floor.  It was a really simple improvement, but will save a lot of time for Marvin as he goes through his day!

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean Improvements in the Tool Room

Our 2-Second Lean journey continues on a daily basis.

Based on the book, 2-Second Lean by Paul Akers, we are doing our morning improvement time each day and looking to report our progress.

Below is our latest video showing the Before and After conditions in our tool room:

We’ve still got work to do, but we’re seeing signs of progress and we know that if we continue relentlessly, we’ll improve dramatically over time!

Thanks, Andy

Bowden Blog: 2-Second Lean Starting at Bowden!

While we’ve done various aspects of Lean Manufacturing for many years, we’re in the midst of a resurgence using a book that’s new to us (We highly recommend the book to everyone!):

2 Second Lean

It’s already starting to shake things up here at Bowden!

Two of Paul’s big ideas are Daily Improvement Time and Before & After Videos, so I’ve been doing 15 minutes of Daily Improvement time in my office each morning before I get to work.

Below is my first Before & After Video showing Phase 1 of my office improvements (Don’t worry, the videos will start to get better as I/we get more experience!):

There will certainly be more to come as this week, we are starting our Daily Improvement Time at the start of our First Shift each day!

Thanks much,  Andy

The Bowden Blog is Back! 3 Thank You’s and 3 Encouragements

It’s been too long, but the Bowden Blog is back!

We’re going with video – very fun and just a little bit scary for me! – and I’m sure they’ll get better over time!

Just wanted to kick things off with three Thank You’s:

  • Dennis Hanink – Mentor & Friend to me and to Bowden
  • Darren Hardy – Personal Development Teacher & Coach
  • Amy McCartney – My loving wife and Inspiration to Me

And three Encouragements:

  • Seek out Mentorship
  • Begin on a Path of Personal Development
  • Share Your Love with Others

Have a great day!
– Andy