Industrial vibrators and health care
I’m heading down to Wyoming, RI this afternoon to meet with the folks at VIBCO. They make industrial vibrators- not the sexy kind, the type that shake wet cement so it creates a smooth surface.
What do industrial vibrators have to do with health care? In this case, more than you might think. VIBCO uses something called the Lean method to improve quality and efficiency at the factory. The concept originated at the Toyota plant in Japan and it’s been applied to all sorts of different industries. I wrote about how Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center uses Lean in an earlier blog post. And here’s another post about VIBCO.
A few years ago, folks at Lifespan came to take a tour of VIBCO’s plant to learn about the Lean method. Dr. Timothy Babineau, Rhode Island Hospital’s president and CEO, calls the experience “striking” and “eye opening.” Senior management was so impressed it decided to implement Lean at the hospital. Just last month, they invited VIBCO’s president Karl Wadensten to speak at Lifespan’s human resources conference.
I’m working on a radio piece about how folks at VIBCO have inspired the people at Lifespan. Later in the month, I’ll talk with hospital officials about what they’ve done so far. But today I’m touring the VIBCO factory. When I’m done, Karl Wadensten will interview ME on his weekly “Lean Nation” webcast. Tune in at 3pm if you want to watch live.
Special thanks to Mark Graban for the story tip!