Lean manufacturing for small and medium sized wood product companies

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 1:00 – 4:00pm


Speakers: Earl Kline, VT; Daniel Saloni, NCSU


Lean, the management practice behind the success of companies such as Toyota, GE, Merillat, Steelcase is about eliminating waste such as overproduction, unnecessary inventory, over-processing, waiting, unnecessary motions and movements, rejects, and repairs. Find out how to take advantage of this powerful practice for your operation.




Earl Kline is a professor of wood products manufacturing systems. For the past 23 years at Virginia Tech, Earl's main priority has been to teach and mentor students for the next generation of wood products business managers and leaders. Subjects taught include computer control applications for forest products manufacturing, lean manufacturing, production operations management, and systems engineering design principles. Earl is currently faculty coordinator of the Wood Enterprise Institute, a student-owned and managed production enterprise that offers a vehicle for “hands-on” learning and experience that only come by leading and managing real day-to-day production business operations. Earl also has extensive R&D experience resulting in over 70 peer reviewed journal articles in the area of industrial engineering and process control technologies to improve upon wood products manufactur­ing systems. Work in this area has involved developing and applying new automation tech­nologies such as machine vision and computer integrated manufacturing to optimize manufacturing systems. Recent work has utilized industrial systems engineering concepts such as lean manufacturing and supply chain management to help link critical production operations more closely to market demand.


Dr. Daniel Saloni is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. Before applying to a faculty position at NCSU, he was a laboratory manager and research assistant in the Wood Machining and Tooling Research Program at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining NCSU, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Junior Consultant in UCAB Consulting for five years at Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.


Dr. Saloni received his Ph.D. in Wood Science from the Department of Wood and Paper Science and a Master’s degree in Integrated Manufacturing System Engineering at North Carolina State University. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Project Management at Andres Bello Catholic University. Dr. Saloni is currently a chair of Milling and Machining group of the Forest Products Society.


Dr. Daniel Saloni has specialized in the area of Manufacturing and process improvement for the forest products industry. He has published various papers and participated in several conferences on biomass supply chain, techno-economical analysis on energy densification (briquettes and pellets). His areas of interest include life cycle analysis, supply chain management for biomass and bioenergy, and process improvement.