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Energy Savings Through Lean Thinking Workshop delivered in Marion, VA.

March 18, 2015 – Speakers from various organizations including Virginia Tech, the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) of Southwest Virginia, and Enernoc traveled to Marion, VA on November 20, 2014 to present and introduce knowledge on lean thinking and energy saving opportunities. The audience was composed of industry, academy, and state organizations supporting education in Southwest Virginia.


Energy Savings Through Lean Thinking Workshop Dr. Earl Kline explained how to generate and interpret a value stream map to the audience. The event took place at the Marion Extension Office.

From Virginia Tech, Drs. Earl Kline and Edgar Arias presented the concept of value- stream mapping (VSM) and data mining for energy consumption respectively. Dr. Henry Quesada, also from Virginia Tech, presented on energy audits and the linkage between VSM and energy savings. Mr. Nelson Teed from the Southwest Virginia MTC introduced the concept of lean thinking. Finally, Mr. Howard Henward from Enernoc introduced and explained how energy management systems can be used to monitor, control, and forecast energy consumption. A total of 14 people attended the workshop including speakers. The event was funded through a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. The name of the educational grant is the “VCE Agricultural Energy Efficiency Initiative” led by Dr. Martha Walker, Extension Specialist on Community Viability at Virginia Tech.
All presentations were recorded and they can be accessed them by visiting to the Wood Products Community of Practice (CoP) eXtension web site. To see the presentations please go to the web site

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Winter 2015


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Category-12 Wood Preservation Re-certification Workshops

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  • Madison Wood Preservers in Madison, VA from 9:00-12:00 on March 25th.
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“How to Use Pallet Design Differently” Date: April 21-23, 2015
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  • Principles of unit load design; 
  • Unit load material handling audit procedures; 
  • Packaging design; 
  • Pallet design; 
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  • Interactions between material handling equipment, packaging, and pallets; 
  • Diagnosing and solving material handling problems; 
  • Stringer and block class pallet design using Best LoadTM

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