So, a couple of years ago at the beginning of the holiday season, we shared a poem called “‘Twas a 5S Christmas,” which turned out to be a really big hit with the Lyall blog readers. Well, this year, we came across an equally awesome article about that same favorite Christmas guy, based on a sister methodology: 6 Sigma.
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The Lyall team has been working together for over 50 years now. And for 21 of those years, we’ve been traveling together on our lean manufacturing journey. We’ve learned a lot along the way, but one the most important things we’ve picked up is how important it is to never forget the people amid the process.
After all, great lean processes don’t just happen; they require great people who operate like great leaders, regardless of their position in the organization. Following is a quick four-point breakdown explaining how we define leadership from a lean perspective at Lyall.
Last month, we held a facility tour as a pre-summit session for the Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit. Our attendee evaluations just rolled in, so we thought we’d go through and tease out any info that might be helpful to those planning their own facility tour in the near future. So here’s are our top 5 takeaways:
Top energy publication, PennEnergy, lets us throw in our two cents on natural gas and our clean energy future
Late last month, PennEnergy published our thoughts on the Clean Power Plan and natural gas. In the article, titled “Clean Power Plan should give more than a nod to natural gas R&D,” our Marketing Manager Greg Hernandez presents a pretty convincing argument for renewing our focus on natural gas in the fight against climate change.
If you’ve been thinking about starting your company on the lean 5S journey, these initial steps will help you get your show on the road.
At R.W. Lyall, we’re about 15 years into our lean 5S journey. As you can imagine, we’ve learned a few things along the way. Probably the most important of these things has also been the simplest—you’ve got to follow a plan. 5S implementation can feel a bit like standing in front of the garage you’ve procrastinated organizing for 10 years. But never fear, the 5-step plan below is sure to get you that strong start you need.
Our products support almost all 41 founding partners in the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program
For years at Lyall, we’ve been making innovative prefab products and meter set valves to help some of the country’s biggest natural gas utilities reduce stray methane emissions. And we’ve done this for two main reasons: (1) It’s a great business to be in, and (2) we like leaving work every day feeling like our efforts might help make the world a better place. So when we learned several of our utility customers would serve as founding partners in one of the EPA’s most ambitious programs in history to reduce methane emissions, we were smiling really big (and still are). The program, called the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge, was launched late last month at the Global Methane Forum in Washington, D.C., where all 41 founding partners committed to adopt a set of best practices within five years.