DRS Technologies 
Intermediate level

Fundamentals of lean

Tuesday, Oct. 20 Location Code
8:00am-12:30pm Departure area 2, 2nd floor TT/05
12:30pm-5:00pm Departure area 3, 2nd floor TT/12

US citizens only. Attendees must bring photo ID to tour (driver’s license or passport).

This tour will cover 200,000 sq. of floor space filled with a wide variety of products in an engineer/build-to-order environment.


Included in this tour will be the application of broad-based fundamentals (5S, gemba walks); specific application of lean tools to specific operational problems (standard work implementations, container exchange kanban with sheet metal suppliers, large scale material kitting at point-of-use, etc.); specific approaches to eliminating waste from the building of large products.


DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, it develops, manufactures and supports a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security. The company holds leading market positions in thermal imaging devices, combat display workstations, electronic sensor systems, power systems, rugged computer systems, air combat training systems, mission recorders, deployable flight incident recorders, environmental control systems, telecommunication systems, aircraft loaders, military trailers and shelters, and integrated logistics and support services. DRS – Environmental Systems specifically supports environmental control systems (ruggedized HVAC), refrigeration systems, telecommunication broadcast trailers, military trailers, and purpose built shelters. DRS’s products are deployed on a wide range of high-profile military platforms and on several platforms for non-military applications. www.drs.com

Tour Host

Don Cane is the vice president of operations for both the Cincinnati, OH and Florence, KY sites within DRS-Environmental Systems. Over his career, his experience has focused around lean manufacturing and supply chain excellence. Prior to DRS, Cane worked in the commercial markets which included valve, pump, and automotive component operations. He holds an M.B.A from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No cell phones
  • No competitors
  • No recording devices
  • U.S. citizens only
  • Hearing protection
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Safety glasses
  • Signed non-disclosure agreement