Passionate commitment to the growth and success of customers

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Location Code
8:15am-1:30pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Room 313 TT/06

No competitors allowed on this tour, including: Argotech, Specialty Adhesives, Spunfab, Bostik, Worthen Industries, Adhesive Files (AFI), Dow Films, 3M, Safe Reflections, Majilite.

Please do not wear ties or loose clothing.

Bemis' "Sewfree" adhesive film and reinforcement tape contributed to the LZR suit's lightweight design and helped to limit drag and abrasion, allowing athletes to dramatically improve their race times in order to set new world records. Bemis began its lean journey in May 2007. See how it has gained competitive advantage through the use of pull systems, TPM and set-up reduction, improvement kata and an employee-led safety system.


Bemis Worldwide, a family-owned business, is a major manufacturer of thermoplastic adhesives, coatings, tapes and specialty film products that serve various markets worldwide. From textile to industrial, and apparel to building panels, Bemis products provide cost effective solutions that often solve complex technical challenges for other manufacturers. Improvement efforts have focused on introducing all employees to lean and applying tools aimed at helping to create process stability, such as 5S and TPM. Bemis has spread lean and systemizing the application of lean systems and tools across the business.  Improvement activities focused on creating continuous flow, capitalizing on set-up reduction opportunities, piloting pull systems and establishing an employee idea system, achieving substantial improvements to leading and lagging indicators: Material savings of > $450,000; inventory reductions in excess of $3 million; lead-time reduced from 5 weeks to 3 weeks; 2200 hours of time recovered from set-up reduction efforts; 50% reduction in returned goods. Employees are now invested in the process and the company has made an ongoing commitment to improvement as a business strategy, allowing time for training and to conduct improvement activities and events. Machines have been moved, methods have changed, managers have taken ownership for driving continuous improvement, and employee ideas are regularly being put into action.

Restrictions / Requirements

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  • No competitors
  • No recording devices
  • No cell phones
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Other: See tour description
  • Signed non-disclosure agreement
  • Steel-toed shoes