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My First Production Gemba

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gemba is a Japanese term meaning "the real place." In business, gemba refers to the place where value is created; in manufacturing the gemba is the factory floor. I had heard the term used at Orchid and today, I witnessed first-hand the Production Gemba at Orchid Memphis. Every day at 9:00 am, Jeff Wippel and his leadership team perform their Gemba. To me, being an old school guy, it is very similar to the MBWA management method (Manage By Walking Around) but with more structure, teamwork and data.  

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Orchid Detroit: Not Just a Name Change

Posted: Monday, May 06, 2013

In the past year, all of Orchid’s facilities changed their names. With Orchid’s strong brand in the industry, it was felt that the former names of each facility was no longer the driving factor in who we are as a company. In the case of Orchid Detroit, which was founded as BioCoat in 1990, there is more than meets the eye.  

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Orchid Chelsea Attends Chelsea Spring Expo

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Orchid Chelsea joined more than 130 vendors at the Chelsea Spring Expo, in Chelsea, MI, on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The expo is essentially a showcase for what the city has to offer.  

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Weston Park Hospital Cancer Center

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013

Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and its reputations a center of excellence in the fight against cancer is recognized not only here in the UK, but also internationally. 

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Green Initiatives in Manufacturing

Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013

Manufacturing is generally thought to unfriendly to the environment. However, there are initiatives that companies can take to lessen the impact of their environmental footprint. 

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AAOS - Volunteer Playground Build

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013

AAOS - Volunteer Playground BuildLast year, the fourth most important San Franciscan tourist attraction during the month of February – after a bridge, a crooked street and a water-bound prison – was undoubtedly the Moscone Centre which was hosting the 2012 AAOS meeting. 

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Orchid Design Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

January was National Mentoring Month and Orchid Design in Shelton, CT proudly participates in their local Mentoring Program.  

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With a Heavy Heart

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I spent the entire day today serving on the Fire Department Honor Guard at the wake, funeral and burial services for six-year-old Jesse Lewis, a victim of the horrific and senseless massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14, 2012. It was both one of the saddest and proudest days of my life. 

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Orchid Oregon Casting School

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Orchid is dedicated to educating fellow associates and our customers. Part of that effort is casting school which is held in our Oregon facility. 

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Welcome to the New Orchid Blog (and New Website)

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Welcome to the Orchid Orthopedic Solutions Blog. We hope that you will find the information that we post here to be informative and helpful. It will include spotlights on our manufacturing facilities and employees, news and events regarding the medical device industry, trade show schedules and career opportunities. 

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