News Article | May 8, 2017
Lantech, a star of the lean management movement in the 1990s, enjoyed success after success for more than a decade as it converted operations from wasteful batch production to efficient flow production. Lead times and costs shrank. Manufacturing velocity and quality grew. Millions of dollars in inventory were freed up. Its turnaround was featured in the Harvard Business Review and business best-seller “Lean Thinking,” co-authored by Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute. Groups of executives, managers, and continuous improvement practitioners visited the capital equipment maker’s Louisville, KY, plant to learn how a company committed to continuous lean improvements operated. Lantech was an American manufacturing success story. Or so it seemed. But when the tours left, Lantech CEO Jim Lancaster was left with two deepening mysteries: Join Lancaster for the answers during a free 60-minute webinar and Q&A, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 PM (Eastern). For complete details about the webinar and to register, visit: https://www.lean.org/events/may_2017_webinar.cfm About Lantech Lantech is known as the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as case handling equipment. It has sales and manufacturing headquarters in Louisville, KY, sales and manufacturing facilities in The Netherlands, and sales and service operations in Australia and China. Annual gross sales exceed $130 million. Lantech employs approximately 475 associates. Visit lantech.com/about for more information About LEI Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit lean.org for more information.
News Article | June 5, 2017
After years of overseeing and participating in successful continuous improvement (kaizen) events, Lantech CEO Jim Lancaster was listening to an improvement team report results from its latest effort when he had an unsettling déjà vu moment. “I’ve heard this before,” he said, vividly recalling the incident a decade ago. “I’ve heard this problem before and I’ve heard this solution before in this area.” In a frank interview, Lancaster tells Lean Blog Podcast host Mark Graban that he ultimately realized the company was repeating improvement activities that had deteriorated after just a couple of years. As a result, much of the work from implementing lean wasn’t hitting the bottom line. A star of the early lean movement in the 1990s, Lantech earned acclaim converting operations from wasteful batch production to efficient flow production, dramatically cutting costs and customer lead times while increasing manufacturing velocity and quality. It freed millions of dollars in inventory and a large number of resources. The remarkable results were featured in the Harvard Business Review and business best-seller Lean Thinking. But like many companies implementing continuous improvement strategies, Lantech struggled over time to sustain gains and improve financial performance significantly. Improving Continuous Improvement In the just-released podcast #283, Lancaster explains how the Louisville, KY-maker of stretch wrapping equipment, learned how to sustain the benefits of continuous improvement activities to spur growth and become much more profitable. The key to revitalizing the program was Lancaster spending months designing and managing frontline work himself. He realized first-hand how fluctuation in hundreds of variables, which is inevitable in any work environment, caused processes to deteriorate, despite the best continuous improvement efforts. As a result, Lantech developed a new daily management system of “cascading, cross-functional, standardized steps” for every employee and executive. The system connects all the value-adding work of the business to support resources that catch and reverse process deterioration immediately every single day. Listen or download the podcast at http://www.leanblog.org/283 Lancaster reveals more how-to details about the daily management system’s development and implementation in The Work of Management: A Daily Path to Real Improvement, just published by the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute. Readers can buy the book at: https://www.lean.org/BookStore/ProductDetails.cfm?SelectedProductId=410 About Lantech Lantech is known as the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as case handling equipment. It has sales and manufacturing headquarters in Louisville, KY, sales and manufacturing facilities in The Netherlands, and sales and service operations in Australia and China. Annual gross sales exceed $130 million. Lantech employs approximately 475 associates. Visit lantech.com/about for more information About LEI Lean Enterprise Institute Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit lean.org for more information.
Xian J&R Fire Fighting Equipment Co., Wu, Zhai, Zheng, Lei and Yang | Date: 2016-11-23
The present invention relates to a fire-extinguishing composition containing a heterocyclic compound. The fire-extinguishing composition releases a great quantity of active fire-extinguishing particles by making use of the heat generated from combustion of a pyrotechnic agent. The fire-extinguishing composition containing a heterocyclic compound in the present invention reacts at a high temperature to generate free radicals and takes reaction with one or more of O-, OH-, H- free radicals necessary for a chain combustion reaction through the free radicals, so as to cut off the chain combustion reaction and take physical and chemical inhibiting effects to jointly achieve a fire extinguishing effect at the same time. Meanwhile, it takes synergistic interaction effects with the pyrotechnic agent to further raise the fire extinguishing efficiency of the fire extinguishing agent and greatly shorten the effective fire extinguishing time.
Xian J&R Fire Fighting Equipment Co., Yao, Yang, Zheng and Lei | Date: 2016-11-23
The present invention relates to a fire-extinguishing composition containing an aldehyde/ketone compound. The fire-extinguishing composition releases a great quantity of active fire-extinguishing particles by making use of the heat generated from combustion of a pyrotechnic agent. The fire-extinguishing composition containing an aldehyde/ketone compound in the present invention reacts at a high temperature to generate free radicals and takes reaction with one or more of O-, OH-, H- free radicals necessary for a chain combustion reaction through the free radicals, so as to cut off the chain combustion reaction and take physical and chemical inhibiting effects to jointly achieve a fire extinguishing effect at the same time. Meanwhile, it takes synergistic interaction effects with the pyrotechnic agent to further raise the fire extinguishing efficiency of the fire extinguishing agent and greatly shorten the effective fire extinguishing time.
Zhou, Sun and Lei | Date: 2016-07-20
A pressure swing adsorption apparatus comprises: a housing (1) with an arc-shaped inner surface (10), the housing (1) being arranged with at least one gas inlet (12), at least one exhaust port (14) and at least one gas outlet (16) for discharging the separated gas; a rotor (2) arranged in the housing (1), at least two contact ends (21, 23, 25) being arranged on the rotor (2) for maintaining a non-stop sliding contact with the inner surface (10) of the housing (1), individual cavities, i.e., air cavities between the adjacent contact ends (21, 23, 25) and formed between the external surface of the rotor (2) and the inner surface (10) of the housing (1), and each air cavity being separated by the contact ends (21, 23, 25); adsorption chambers (32, 34, 36) set inside the rotor (2) as parts of the rotor (2) and rotated along with the rotor (2), molecular sieves being loaded in the interior of the adsorption chambers (32, 34, 36), and the adsorption chambers (32, 34, 36) being provided with screen openings for connection with the air cavities.
Zhou, Sun and Lei | Date: 2016-09-21
A membrane separation apparatus comprises: a shell (1), wherein an inner surface (11) of the shell is an arc surface, and at least one medium inlet and at least one medium outlet used for discharging a medium that is separated are arranged on the shell (1); a rotor (2) arranged inside the shell (1), wherein at least two contact ends (24, 26) that are always in slidably contact with the inner surface (11) of the shell are arranged on an outer surface of the rotor (2), the outer surface of the rotor (2) and the inner surface (11) of the shell form sealed separate cavities between the adjacent contact ends (24, 26), and an empty part inside the rotor (2) is used as a medium storage chamber; and separation chambers (32, 34, 36) arranged inside the rotor (2), wherein insides of the separation chambers (32, 34, 36) are filled with a membrane (6), one-way valves corresponding to the separate cavities are arranged on outer walls of the separation chambers (32, 34, 36) for communicating with the separate cavities, medium outlets corresponding to the medium storage chamber are arranged on inner walls of the separation chambers (32, 34, 36), and the medium storage chamber is communicated with the medium outlet of the shell (1).
News Article | December 3, 2016
These key personnel have been with the company from the outset and have been instrumental in its achievement of the company’s accomplishments. “A company is only as successful as the capabilities and contributions of its employees,” states Jim Wilmott, Chief Scientific Officer and General Manager. When LEI was established in 2008, Wilmott fervently believed that the company had a transformational market plan with game-changing science to offer to a variety of health and beauty care companies who were clamoring for innovative products. He was also well aware of the high failure rate of start-up companies, especially in the these highly competitive markets. “However, when you have a passion and drive to bring forth innovation, sometimes you’re compelled to go for it,” explains Wilmott. He further states that no company can be successful without finding people who share and embrace the passion and dedicate themselves into making it a reality. “Thankfully, we have great, talented people who share the vision, and have put forth the effort to getting LEI off and running.” Jill and Michael are both long-standing and accomplished professionals in consumer product development and manufacturing. Michael Ross brings more than 20 years of experience in the creative design, development and manufacture of new products for the health and personal care industry to his new role. He has a strong background in raw material product development, nanotechnology and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining LEI, he served as Manager of Development Services for Collaborative Laboratories, Senior Scientist at Chanel, and Director of R&D/Director of Regulatory and Safety for Distinctive Cosmetic Ingredients. Michael received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The State University of New York at Oswego, post graduate credits towards an MBA from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has completed numerous professional advancement courses within the Personal Care Industry. Jill Crandall’s career is equally accomplished, as she brings more than 25 years of experience on the contract manufacturing side of the beauty business. Her breadth of knowledge and experience covers the entire supply chain, from product concept to delivery. Jill has worked with dozens of brands in multiple channels of distribution, covering all categories of personal care products. As Marketing Product Director at Outsourcing Services Group, Jill led marketing and new product development for OSG companies, including Kolmar Laboratories, Aerosol Services, Acupac Packaging, and Piedmont Laboratories. Her expertise includes marketing, product concept development and product evaluation, customer service, new business development and project management package procurement and in-depth knowledge of the manufacturing, filling and assembly process. Jill has spent many years developing customer strategies using a combination of need gap analysis, market surveillance and insights into trend forecasting and working with brands to launch new products into the market and support their supply chain needs. Of the recent promotions, Wilmott commented, “They are certainly justified, and critical at this point in LEI’s expansion. As we build our leadership team, we are also welcoming new employees at all levels of the company to play important roles to support our next level of growth. Both Michael and Jill have proven that they have the ability and expertise to grow with the company, and they have done so every step of the way. I’m grateful for the contributions they have already made, and we’re excited to move forward on the next leg of our journey together as we continue to bring forth new formulations that represent safer, aesthetically unique, and more effective solutions for consumers worldwide.” In addition, Chris Delaney, a representative of J. Burke Capital Partners (LEI’s main equity sponsor) and member of LEI’s board commented “These promotions are not only a reflection of Michael and Jill’s hard work in the past that has enabled the company’s tremendous growth, but also a reflection that both managers possess the drive, expertise and leadership qualities necessary to continue the company’s momentum well into the future. LEI is fortunate to have them.” NJ based, Leading Edge Innovations (LEI) was founded in April, 2008. The company is dedicated to the principle of identifying unique technologies, marrying them to future perceived trends, and creating innovative products in categories such as Cosmetics, Personal Care, OTC drugs, Food, Nutritional, Pet Care, Pharmaceutical, and other consumer products categories. It develops customized, trend-based products for leading brands using its proprietary technologies. Of particular importance is its MicroSperse® Technology platform, LEI’s proprietary process that enables the production of sub-micron particles, which eliminates the need for traditional surface-active agents and other harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the skin’s fragile natural lipid moisture barrier. The MicroSperse® Technology process generates dispersions of highly concentrated particles of oil and other hydrophobic materials in water that can be combined in virtually any ratios to permit unique compositions that could not be achieved previously by other means. It covers a wide range of products with unique and desirable qualities. The MicroSperse® Technology process results in outstanding products that deliver aesthetic excellence thus creating a perfect vehicle for a wide range of innovative and high-performance formulas. From product concept to delivery of finished goods, LEI helps brands meet the needs of the ever-changing markets they serve. The company was recently awarded a United States patent for aqueous-based compositions containing sub-micron oil particles and high water miscible solvents. This ground-breaking patent permits the formation of products with unique textural and application properties while greatly enhancing product performance in a manner that cannot be duplicated by conventional practices. For more information on LEI’s wide range of innovative and high-performance formulations, please visit: http://www.le-innovations.com. For more press information, please contact:
Lei | Date: 2014-10-15
A portable backup power supply comprises a battery pack (1), which is composed of lithium iron phosphate or lithium cobalt oxide batteries and is connected with an output terminal of a charger circuit (2). The battery pack (1) is synchronously connected with multiple DC-DC voltage regulating circuits, each of which is connected with a MCU microcomputer control circuit (7). A light emitting diode (LED) lamp (10) is connected with the battery pack through an LED driving circuit (3). The battery pack (1) is also connected with a large current output circuit (9) for car starting. By using the lithium iron phosphate or lithium cobalt oxides batteries as the battery pack, the power supply has advantages of being light in weight, small in volume, durable, high in instantaneous discharge current, and capable of being charged repeatedly, hence, it can meet the requirement of large current for car starting. By connecting with the voltage regulating circuits with various voltage levels, the power supply can meet the requirement of outdoor power supplying for mobile phones, computers, digital cameras, and so on. The LED lamp can provide outdoor lighting. The portable backup power supply is multi-purpose, portable, and can meet various requirements of power supplying in life, outing, and traveling.
Lei | Date: 2016-03-09
A movable spanner structure contains: a first body (10), a second body (20), an adjustable bolt (30), a first coupling element (40), a locking member (50), a third body (60), and a second coupling element (71). The first body (10) includes a first retainer (11), an accommodating groove (12), a quadrangle trench (13), a first orifice (14), a first cavity (15), a first connecting portion (16), and a second cavity (17). The second body (20) includes a second retainer (21), a slidable extension (22), and a first toothed portion (23). The adjustable bolt (30) includes a second toothed portion (31) and a second orifice (32). The first coupling element (40) is fixed in the first orifice (14). The locking member (50) includes an abutting portion (51), a third orifice (52), and a first pressing portion (53). The third body (60) includes a second connecting portion (61) and a second pressing portion (62). The second coupling element (71) is mounted in the first connecting portion (16) and the second connecting portion (61), such that the third body (60) is rotatably coupled with the first body (10).
Lei | Date: 2012-04-11
The present invention relates to a compressed-air wind turbine generator system having a substantially square, movable body, said system including: a wind turbine (B) positioned in a central portion of the system, the wind turbine having a central shaft (27) connected to input shafts of generator sets (7, 10) in order to drive the input shafts to rotate around a rotational central axis (z); a plurality of compressors (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5) for providing compressed air to the wind turbine (B), the plurality of compressors being alignedly stacked at a front side of the system in the direction of the rotational central axis (z), the plurality of compressors extending from their outer ends to their inner ends towards the central portion of the system taperedly along a curve, the outer ends of the compressors jointly containing an air inlet surface with a first width (w_(1)), and the inner ends of the compressors jointly containing an air outlet surface which encloses a cylindrical space for concentrically accommodating the wind turbine (B); a left sail (8a) and a right sail (8b) erecting at the left side and the right side of the system, respectively, symmetrically with respect to the center of the system, the left and right sails being arranged closer to the rear side of the system and extending from the front side to the rear side in such a manner that the distance between the left sail (8a) and the right sail (8b) gradually increases; and a rear sail (72) erecting at the rear side of the system, the rear sail being arranged closer to the left sail (8a) or the right sail (8b), depending the back profile of the compressors; wherein the plurality of compressors, the left and right sails and the rear sail are assembled into a unit in such a way that they can rotate together in the range of 360 degrees with respect to the wind turbine under the action of the sails to keep the air inlet surface of the compressors facing the largest wind. Therefore, the system has a lower cost, a high utilization efficiency of wind power, large installed capacity and a longer safe life.