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Seminar: A3 Thinking and Problem-Solving
It’s nice to have every step in a problem-solving process fit on one page but don’t get caught in the trap of filling in an A3 just to get your project done and “check the box.” Likewise, don’t let templates dictate every step you use to address a problem. Instead, take the time to understand why the method and thinking behind the form is important, then customize the A3 to fit your companies needs and show your “lessons learned”. Learn how senior improvement practitioners have leveraged A3’s to build consensus, unify culture, improve communication, and develop more problem solvers. Presented by Dave Newman at Apex International, Todd Roth at Thomson Reuters, and Rebecca Windhorst at Hill-Rom.
Seminar: Standardize and Sustain 5S
Being able to quickly see and solve problems with 5S has a positive measurable impact on employees, equipment, facilities and profits. But backsliding is easily caused by an ERP implementation, the urgency of hitting monthly targets, or lack of discipline. The best companies have figured out how to engage everyone in 5S every day and make it a part of their culture. Presented by Brian Murray at Lifetouch, Blake Dammann, at Midwest Rubber Service & Supply, and Jim Garvin at Cass Precision Machining.
Seminar: Resolving Conflict at Work
Conflict can come from anywhere: a process change, co-worker’s opinions, or a new policy. Consciously selecting the best method to address it is difficult. Do it the right way and people feel valued, do it the wrong way and watch engagement plummet. Leaders resolve conflict while respecting every individual and getting results. Learn what other manufacturing leaders have done to successfully address and prevent conflict. Presented by Brian Kraemer at Japs-Olson Company, Barbara Lindsey at Thomson Reuters and Sam Wagner at FAST Global Solutions.
Seminar: Make to Order Lean
Many examples of lean manufacturing come from companies that make the same parts regularly. It can be tough to understand how those same improvement methods can be applied when you produce custom equipment, or systems in low volume operations. Start by understanding the principles behind the improvements, then customize an approach that works for your people and processes. Presented by Larry Arguello at Carl Zeiss, Jimmy Osborne at Hypertherm, and Josh Flatla at Loram.
Seminar: Engaging Every Individual in Safety
When safety incidents rarely happen to you, it inherently breeds complacency that it will not happen. Therefore, it is paramount to constantly keep safety in the top of your mind. How? Sharing a safety vision, developing accountability, providing training, incorporating proactive metrics, as well as celebrating success will help. But what would you do to customize these for your company? Learn from several presenters with different experiences and perspectives what has worked and what hasn’t so you can help ensure the safety of your peers. Presented by Katherine Syverson at Lube-Tech, Mark Horton at Medtronic, and Greg Wesling at ProtoLabs.
Seminar: Process Mapping for Improvement
Mapping a process will help you see opportunities for improvement whether you focus on recruiting, scheduling, customer service or the shop floor. No matter what area you focus on this technique will help teams be on the same page, discuss cross-functional issues, and work together towards improvement. Presented by Tammi Dorion at Manufacturers Alliance, Jennifer Lindquist at Whirltronics, Inc., and Bree Bowersox at Boston Scientific.
Seminar: Gemba Walks
Behaviors help or hinder your lean journey, Gemba Walks are a great way to ensure they help! Gemba Walks help leaders recognize issues on the floor, understand the context of problems, and provide day-to-day coaching. Learn from experienced peers during our presentations, Q&A, and networking - what has worked and what hasn’t so you can effectively develop your own Gemba Walks. Presented by Mike Deason with Nor-Lake, Inc., Jeff Morin at Herold Precision Metals, and Lorena Grimm at Wabash National
Seminar: Improvement Cultures that Last
Progressive manufacturers reach world-class results by embedding continuous improvement into the culture. To do this, leaders must develop lasting systems to drive behavior that shapes company culture. Don’t get caught up in the flavor of the month effort, avoid focusing on the application of tools alone, and overcome the “this too shall pass” mentality. Presented by Lee Zachman, rms Company; Leigh Erickson, Honeywell; and Chris Lawless, Wilson Tool.
Seminar: Improving Equipment Reliability
Engaging your maintenance, engineering, and production employees in a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program will help ensure equipment is safe and working correctly when you need it. It will also help minimize equipment breakdowns, defects, and parts needing to be reworked. This Seminar features Lawrence Harer with Eaton Corporation, Kelly Pearson with The Toro Company, and Doug Meyer with 3M.
Seminar: Learning to See Waste
Understanding frustrations among employees and customers is a good place to find motivation to improve. Ideas and complaints come easily. But by ensuring everyone has a similar improvement language and perspective you can go a lot further. Teaching all employees how to identify common forms of waste will significantly accelerate your pace of improvement! Presented by Renee Thurmer at Cell Culture Company and Shelly Sauer at GN ReSound.
Seminar: Working Effectively with Communication Styles
Regardless of exact title effective leaders understand the communication styles of people on their teams so they can reduce tension and increase focus on solving problems and improving processes. Hear peer presenters share their personal experiences and answer questions to help improve your teams cohesiveness. Presented by Lisa Kraft-Kujawa, Schwing America; Rodney Wood, MDI; and Erin Jauert, Sil-Pro.
Seminar: Tools For Finding the Real Root Cause
Fixing an issue quickly is easier than understanding why it happened. Identifying the true cause may involve a team or several tools - from simple but effective “5 whys” to more extensive 8D or 8-Step methods. Learn from the presenters of what worked well, what didn't, and why.