Seminars On-Demand

Leverage the best practices and lessons learned from your peers on-demand. Seminar videos are complimentary for members but password protected. Contact Sue Moldenhauer at suem@mfrall.com for the password.

"Manufacturers Alliance Seminars provide great information on what others are doing, I've pulled away several ideas to use at work thanks to the expert presenters." 

Lisa Mingo
Human Resources
KEB Amercia, Inc.

 

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. 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seminar: Effectively Leading Change
It takes trust to guide and support significant change. How do you communicate why the change is important, address the inevitable challenges and inspire others to follow you through the transformation, so commitment doesn’t go off track? Learn how other leaders have dealt with fear and resistance, encouraged positive behaviors, and gleaned the best ideas from their whole team.

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Seminar: Set Up Reduction
With efficient Set Up Reduction methods, you can cut setup times dramatically! Hear and see how your peers are using SMED principles to reduce non-value added steps and increase labor efficiency to improve profit margins and satisfy customer demands.

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Seminar: Quick Wins & Continuous Improvement Systems 
Don't wait for the Kaizen event. Don't limit employee suggestions to an exhaustive review and approval process. Empower your workforce by removing barriers to implementing improvements and they will impact your bottom line. Learn what Lean systems are working to keep everyone on the same improvement trace.

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Seminar: A3 Problem Solving
Capture a story with this simple but powerful format. A3's are a closed-loop tool with built-in PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act). See the problem, assign resources and actions, then develop countermeasures so you stay within scope and on schedule.

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Seminar: Performance Metrics With Purpose
If we usually rely on “gut feel” but want solid proof efforts are headed in the right direction, we need to measure what matters. Margins, turns, efficiencies, up time, yields, deliveries and customer satisfaction may all be baselined to give us a starting point. Effectively communicating performance is as important as gathering the right data. Knowing what actions are needed should be transparent as well.  

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Seminar: 5S and Visual Management
Customers appreciate an environment that shows pride, and know at first glance if they enter a plant that is organized and well-maintained. Gain the competitive advantage of a factory showplace and feel the impact of workplace discipline with these Lean tools. Be "tour ready" every day!

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Seminar: Coaching for Daily Improvement
Effective leadership coaching can unleash positive growth in employees and help us to find untapped potential. The “old-school” direct management style won’t elicit great ideas from your workforce. Stretch your capacity to actively listen, influence, and clarify vision and goals, while you get out of the way of problem solvers and improved results.

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