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Congratulations to L. B. Foster for winning the Industry Week 2016 Best Plants Award! – Single Piece Flow Spells Success at L.B. Foster Threaded Products.  Click on the link to read the full article by Jill Jusko in her Industry Week article.


L.B. Foster decided to re-imagine their business by changing their market focus for their threaded products and build a new manufacturing facility to facilitate the change. “Single-piece flow manufacturing is at the heart of this site, which produces water well system pipes for agricultural, municipal and industrial applications. "[Single piece flow] sets us apart. It makes us more efficient," says Jeffrey Robinson, quality manager. “

Employees were asked for their input in designing the new plant and processes that lead to significant improvements:

Achievements: greater than 99% finished-product first-pass yield on pump column threaded pipe; 76% reduction in scrap and rework costs (as a percentage of sales) in the past 3 years; Implemented approximately 11 improvement suggestions per employee; 99% on time delivery, based on customer request date.

SAP is fortunate to have our Mill Products customer, L.B. Foster presenting at the ASUG Annual Conference/SAPPHIRE Now on Thursday May 18 at 11:00 am.  For those attending, please look for this session:

MPM7603:  Zero defects at go-live: How LB Foster successfully leveraged Best Practices

Speaker: Dan Strader, LB Foster and James KeaneMurphy, Dickinson+Associates

This session will cover L.B. Foster's journey in implementing best practices for mill products with SAP S/4HANA. The session will cover the process, decisions, and results of the implantation, and how L.B. Foster achieved an astounding zero defects after go live. There were many lessons learned that will be shared with the audience.

Date: Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  ASUG, S322

Learn more about SAPPHIRENOW and secure your spot today!

Please also follow us on Twitter at #SAPPHIRENOW and @sapmillmining channel and share your ideas and impressions with us at this year’s SAPPHIRE and ASUG Conference.