Sept. 29, 2021

Lean manufacturing in the USA

Augmented reveals the stories behind the new era of industrial operations, where technology will restore the agility of frontline workers. 

In episode 49 of the podcast, the topic is: Lean manufacturing in the USA. Our guest is Karl Wadensten, CEO, Vibco.

In this conversation, we talk about how to create a company culture that fosters lean manufacturing practices, becoming a learning organization, and how to be an industry leader who always inspires your employees.

Augmented is a podcast for industry leaders and operators, hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim, presented by, the frontline operations platform, and associated with, the industrial upskilling community launched at the World Economic Forum. Each episode dives deep into a contemporary topic of concern across the industry and airs at 9 am US Eastern Time every Wednesday. Augmented--the industry 4.0 podcast--industrial conversations that matter.

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My takeaway is that lean manufacturing is not just a process you can implement for efficiency, it is a culture you need to build for impact on the whole organization and the people in it. Quality follows from inspired, encouraged, and empowered workers who act on ideas and provide exceptional customer experiences.

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Karl Wadensten

CEO, Vibco

Karl is a global operations and business development executive overseeiing operations of 1800 vibrator products with 46 US Patents and many more worldwide, to over 360k customers.

He is a Lean Executive with proven results streamlining operations, new product development, recruiting & building lean and highly effective management teams, developing and maintaining strong customer relationships, and supervising major product development projects. Karl has a passion for gaining and sustaining dramatic improvements in inventory, lead times, SMED, quality, and implementing employee ideas to gain operational effectiveness.

Karl is a Member of the National Speakers Bureau, a lecturer on culture change, Lean Operations,  strategic utilization of Lean Tools regarding 5S, Kaizen, Poka-Yoke, Pull Planning, and Hoshin Kanri as well as Learnings from Joint Venture with VIBCO & GE Digital.