Y-12 Lean Six Sigma recently hosted a visit to the DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. to see lean tools and principles in action.
Josh McDaniel of Lean Six Sigma said, “We looked for ideas on how we could apply their use of lean tools to our work. DENSO’s plant employs more than 1, 500 and is a supplier to some of the top automobile manufacturers in the world, with one of those being the Toyota Manufacturing Company, the model we chose to base our Performance Enterprise System on.”
Meghan Lovelace of the Oak Ridge Metrology Center said, “From the moment we entered the building, you could tell that DENSO runs lean. I liked the management boards posted in the various work areas. It was a great way to keep lines of communication open between workers on the line and supervisors.”
Infrastructure’s Brandon Peters said, “Lean is a vision and journey that takes time, but results in great teamwork. We saw the importance of taking the consideration and thoughts from the folks doing the jobs and then implementing them.”
“One thing that really impressed me was how they incorporated 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain) in to all parts of their operations,” Tony Beal of Production Support said. “Seeing the 5S sign as you are entering the visitors’ parking lot made me realize that it is not just something that they do, but something that is part of who they are.”
McDaniel said, “It was evident at the heart of DENSO’s lean culture was employee involvement. Just like our PES lean approach, none of this works without empowering people to drive change. This trip gave us opportunity to brainstorm areas of new applicability to use the lean methodologies at CNS.”
Pantex’s Leonardo Lerma and Y-12’s Joseph McVeigh, both of Mission Engineering, are the CNS selected nominees for the Sandia Weapon Intern Program, Class of 2019. The 24th class of the program will receive instruction through a large contingent of subject matter experts in weapon areas including technology, design, and management.
“I have interacted with talented, committed men and women who have opened the door for me to learn about our operations and mission from a regional perspective,” Lerma said. “This internship will further increase my understanding of how multiple organizations within the NNSA operate in pursuit of the greater mission of global security.”
McVeigh said, “I am honored to represent Y-12 in the program. It is humbling to know that I will learn all of the subject matter of the systems that were designed by our nation’s greatest scientists.”
Both men look forward to what they will gain from the program. “The experiences and training I obtain will allow me to better support Y-12’s mission and the people who make it happen,” McVeigh said.
“The prospect of building bridges within the NNSA and teaming with others to solve some of the technical challenges ahead is exhilarating. I am humbled and honored to represent CNS and Pantex in this program,” Lerma said.
CNS recently hosted the Joint Working Group 39 Manufacturing Practices Lean Summit to grow continuous improvement through a community of sharing and practice. The summit, held at Y‑12, included attendees from each site within the Nuclear Security Enterprise as well as the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment.
“A significant part of our operation is continuous improvement, and we learn from others in the complex,” said Pantex Site Manager Todd Ailes. “The summit has given us an opportunity to share lean strategies to help us continue forward. Our work is about people, core missions, and techniques for continuous improvement.”
Reed Mullins, senior director of Production Operations at Y‑12, said, “We’re coming together as a complex to break out of our silos, to learn from our mistakes, and to look at what did and did not work well. Our goal is to better support our people daily.”
With a nickname like “Wolf,” Neal Wolfenbarger was bound to be a key player in Y-12’s Protective Force Operations. A recent NNSA security award confirms that assessment.
Wolfenbarger was recognized, along with Y-12’s Meghann Parrilla, at a June 7 ceremony at Y-12’s New Hope Center, where they were joined by their families and co workers. Wolfenbarger received the NNSA Security Manager of the Year award, and Parrilla received the NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year award.
NNSA Deputy Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security David B. McDarby presented the awards, telling Parrilla and Wolfenbarger, “For what you have done, thank you, continue to do it, and motivate others to do it.”
Pantex security personnel also received an NNSA award that acknowledged their excellence and dedication to national nuclear security and their contributions to NNSA security programs.
The Pantex Security Posture Change Working Group won the NNSA Security Team or Group Award. Team members included Richard Belott, Randy Boone, Jeff Collins, Dwayne Cunningham, Daniel Holmes, Kirk Kelley, Byron Logan, Dunnigan McWhorter, Matthew Mullins, Jeff Oldham, Mike Stumbo, and Zeb Wilson.
Holmes, part of Pantex Protective Force Operations and Training, said, “Safeguards and Security works tirelessly to protect our Pantex family and assets entrusted to us. Recognition of our efforts to implement a modern protection strategy that helps us complete our mission is very rewarding. Our recognition is only possible because of the many men and women who protect our site day and night. We have amazing people that stand guard in all conditions and all hours no matter what. We would not be able to accomplish anything at Pantex if it wasn’t for their diligence.”
Award presentation arrangements are being made for the Pantex team.
At the Y-12 ceremony, NPO Assistant Manager for Safeguards and Security Arnold Guevara congratulated the recipients and remarked on their commitment to tasks and distinguished efforts.
“Every time I see Meghann and Wolf, I thank them,” Guevara said. “You have got a glow on you now that shines on CNS, DOE, and NPO. This is a milestone for us.”
For Senior Director of Y-12 Safeguards and Security Tom Hayden, the awards confirm CNS’s commitment to excellence.
“I think the award itself signifies excellence in the nuclear security profession and it reinforces what we as a company view as one of our core values,” Hayden said. “It is exciting for the CNS security team to see these talented professionals recognized for their hard work, talent, and commitment to excellence. Each award recipient represents all of us in S&S and we are proud of their accomplishment and the example they set for all of us.”
CNS welcomed 47 summer interns pursuing bachelors’, masters’, and doctoral degrees to Pantex and Y‑12. The students, who will be on site until August, represent 24 universities and have a variety of backgrounds: engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics. Six CNS organizations are hosting the interns, and 21 are part of NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program or other university partnership programs and consortia.
“The intern program at Pantex and Y‑12 helps ensure that the workforce of tomorrow understands the critical role our sites play in global security,” said Nicole Eminger, acting senior manager of Diversity and Talent Management. “These students spend 10 weeks in the program performing important hands‑on work, growing professionally, and getting an idea of how their future careers could look. In addition, they go back to their campuses across the country as advocates, sharing their experiences and the extraordinary work that goes on here.”
Interns will spend 10 weeks at Y‑12 this summer working across various disciplines and building skills for their future careers.