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April 2013 Newsletter

How Automation Improves Safety

In February, Steve Reed presented How Automation Improves Safety to GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society). For larger grain elevators, Level 4 Automation improves safety by decreasing the incidence of manual intervention (shoveling) and allows a grain elevator to run more efficiently. Level 4 Automation provides historical tracking and the use of the PLC data to make automation and business decisions. 

The Levels of Automation are:

  • Level 0 - Hardwired Controls
  • Level 1 - Mimic Panel
  • Level 2 - Touch Screen
  • Level 3 - PC Based
  • Level 4 - Database and Web

Level 4 Automation isn't just for grain elevators. Any manufacturing environment can benefit from optimizing production while using manufacturing information. Kasa has been involved with a number of projects similar to the one recently referenced in Industry Week.

Find out more about Level 4 Automation by scheduling an online webinar with Ray Perez.

Salina Journal Article Features Kasa

picture of panel wiringOn February 17, 2013, Kasa was featured in a story about re-shoring and how Kasa Companies has been expanding recently.

As manufacturing continues to grow, all of the companies at Kasa Companies are expanding with an increased workforce, an office in Mexico and continual recruitment efforts. 


Using PCM® to Handle Others' Distressdistressed person

Distress Example:  “Look, it’s obvious that he just doesn’t care about the Continuous
Improvement process!  Sometimes you just have to tell them to do it or fire them!”

Have you heard the above example in your company before? At Kasa, the above example or some variant of it, happens more than we'd like. So we've studied what to do when it does. The person above is in distress. If you try to immediately inquire, fact find, or problem solve the content of their distrees, it won't go well. She will probably answer your questions with more attacks, more pushed beliefs, and you're getting nowhere. That doesn't mean you can't try asking questions to gather more data.  Just do it after you offer her a battery charge, a motivator.  Hopefully, she settles down and answers your questions with a clear head.

Is this hard to do?  YES!   It's tough to offer a sincere battery charge or motivator to someone who is attacking us.  At Kasa, we spend a lot of time asking questions, and it "feels right" to many of us to start asking for info when others are in distress.  Someone attacks someone else and it's questions galore!  What we are learning in our Process Communication Model® (PCM®) training is that we will have to get out of our comfort zones to be effective with others. Joe will have to eat crow and offer a motivator when Sue has just attacked him to his face.  That is so hard.  But Sue needs a sincere motivator, and it will feel good to her, even if it doesn't feel good to Joe.  It works.  We've seen it.

So, how to handle the above distress example?  Here are some possible responses:

"CI's are really important to Kasa, and you've consistently been a champion for the cause."  (Motivator) "How can we make it so that everyone cares?"  (Followup Question)

"You've always been very passionate about CIs."  (Motivator) "How can we make the CI process meaningful for everyone?" (Followup Question)

"I respect your opinions on our CI initiatives."  (Motivator)  "What should we do to further the cause?  (Followup Question)

PCM isn't a silver bullet for every situation. But, we are seeing it produce positive results at Kasa by reducing the wasted energy and time that comes with distress.


Small Floorspace Not a Problem for IntelliFinishing

Going beyond our technologically advanced components and space saving design, a large part of our job at IntelliFinishing is working with our customers to solve their problems and challenges. There are usually a few key hurdles that lead a customer to consider purchasing a system or renovating their existing setup. As part of a four part series, we will look at the specific challenges one of our recent customers faced, and the solutions provided by IntelliFinishing.

The first concern for our customer was how they were going to replace their existing manual paint shop with an automated, state-of-the-art IntelliFinishing system in the same space, which only measured 74 feet across and 55 feet deep. Read More...

Kasa Fab’s Job Fair a Success

On February 15, Kasa Fab held a job fair. More than 100 people applied and interviewed that day. Kasa Fab is filling approximately 20 positions as demand for our services have increased.

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