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July 2013 Newsletter

Siemens Updates Kasa Engineers

Kasa engineers receiving Siemens training

Kasa recently had more than a dozen engineers receive training on Siemens programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces,and operator hardware. Many of the engineers who were trained were recently hired and are helping ensure Kasa has a broad and diverse engineering base in the years to come.

Kasa’s focus on international growth is one of the reasons we chose to increase our capabilities and knowledge of the Siemens industrial products. Many of our customers and prospects with an international presence choose to automate their facilities with Siemens. 


Kasa Fab Demonstrates High-Def
Plasma Cutting

Picture of High-Def plasma demonstrationOn July 12, 2013, Kasa Fab held a demonstration for customers and prospects of our new Hypertherm High-Def Plasma Cutter. The automated plasma cutter has the following: 

  • HPR400XD Plasma system
  • True Hole™ cutting technology
  • Table Size 72" X 240"

2" Mild Steel —1 3/4" Stainless —1 3/4" Aluminum 


Purpose of Mission Statements

I don't know if this relates to any of you, but I hated seeing mission statements that were just a bunch of blah, blah, blah. And, I never quite understood how to position an internal mission statement and one that I shared with my customers. I still remember a boss telling me our mission statement was to "beat competitor XYZ". I really didn't think I could share that mission statement with our customers. 

The Advantage written by Patrick Lencioni, was recommended by a customer and it has helped me understand how to build the strategies that are essential to a company's survival. Below is an excerpt from the author's website:

Create Clarity

Creating alignment at the executive level is essential to building and maintaining a healthy organization. There is probably no greater frustration for employees than having to navigate the politics and confusion caused by leaders who are misaligned. Even the slightest bit of daylight between executive team members can cause an overwhelming effect on employees below.

There are six simple but critical questions that need to be answered, eliminating all discrepancies among team members. The six critical questions include:

  1. Why do we exist?

    The answer to this question will yield a core purpose, or the fundamental reason the company is in business.

  2. How do we behave?

    This question examines behaviors and values required for success.

  3. What do we do?

    This answer provides a simple, direct explanation of the business.

  4. How will we succeed?

    This question requires the team members to develop a strategy.

  5. What is most important, right now?

    The answer to this question is the establishment of a unifying thematic goal and action plan.

  6. Who must do what?
    This question addresses roles and responsibilities.


picture of groupAll of this can only happen after you build a cohesive leadership team who must master five behaviors:

  1. Building Trust
  2. Mastering Conflict
  3. Achieving Commitment
  4. Embracing Accountability
  5. Focusing on Results

 

The information above is from The Table Group website. 

 

 

Lean for Manufacturing

Midwest Coatings Seminar

IntelliFinishing is sponsoring a free seminar for manufacturers. Lean experts from Technical Change Associates are speaking at the third annual Midwest Coatings Seminar.  For the past three years, we have been saying that IntelliFinishing is a lean system, so we thought we would bring in some lean experts who will provide basic education and real-life case studies for manufacturers located in the Midwest.

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Kasa Controls Expands to Mexico

Demand for automation continues to grow in Mexico. To keep pace with the increased need for engineers, Kasa has opened an office in San Luis Potosi. This improves our capacity and allows us to be more responsive to our customers who are based in Mexico.


Upcoming Trade Shows

Elevator Design Conference

July 30th - August 1st
Omaha, NE

Midwest Coatings Seminar

Lean for Manufacturing
August 8th at 1:00pm with registraton beginning at 12:30pm
Courtyard Marriott, Salina, Kansas

Powder Coating Show

October 8th - 10th
St. Louis, Missouri

Wichita Industrial Trade Show

October 22nd - 24th
Wichita, Kansas

FABTECH

November 18th - 21st
Chicago, Illinois


Excel Tip

Have you ever had a column of numbers that you wanted to total, but some of the cells have #N/A from a formula? If you put in the formula, SUM(b1:b11), you would end up with a #N/A for the results. 

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If you want the sum but don't want to find and replace all of the #N/A's, then you could use SUMIF(B1:B42,"<>#N/A), resulting in a sum of the numbers. 

Kasa Companies:

  • Kasa Controls - Custom Controls provider to Fortune 500 and Local Manufacturers
  • Kasa Anlagen based in Chennai, India, is Kasa's global expansion to service customers in Asia and the Eastern Hemisphere
  • Kasa Fab - 100,000 sq. ft. of Metal Fabrication & Component Manufacturing
  • IntelliFinishing - Turnkey Finishing Systems
Kasa Companies 418 East Ave B Salina, KS 67401