Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
October 1-3rd, 2017

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a great way for companies to identify opportunities and integrate improvements into their day-to-day operations. Working to constantly improve is the number one way in which businesses reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan allows companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some effective and tested continuous improvement strategies through carefully crafted presentations and case studies for the manufacturing leader of today.

  • Innovative Application to Lean & Six Sigma Processes
  • Successful Continuous Improvement Strategies
  • Ensuring Sustainability of Programs

Breakout Presentations

Competing for the Future: The Future of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement

SPEAKERS

John Biedry
Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise, Nike

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Competing for the Future: The Future of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement

The world is changing, business is changing, and all of it is changing faster than ever before. Business is experiencing a revolution rather than evolution. So, with change impacting business like never before how has operational excellence changed and where it is heading in the future? What are we doing and what do we need to do differently to be able to compete in the future?

  • How have operational excellence methodologies changed over the years?
  • How will the deployments change to adapt to business changes?
  • Leading the change: What are key initiatives from Nike to shape the future of continuous improvement?
Manufacturing Takes the Lead in Lean Product Creation

SPEAKERS

Art Hyde
Global Product Development System Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company

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Manufacturing Takes the Lead in Lean Product Creation

During this presentation, you will see how to harmonize three business functions to address customer needs.  The needs of the customer are obtained by capturing the Voice of the Customer or VOC.  The three business functions that need to work as one cohesive and unified team are: Commercial (Sales and Marketing), R&D (Product Properties and Services) and Operations (Product Quality). When we collect the VOC, it is not always obvious on how it is translated to company metrics.  That is why we link the VOC to the business functions by using the Design for Six Sigma tool: Houses of Quality or HOQ.  Threading the VOC through the Houses of Quality helps map those customer needs all the way to the factory floor variables that are key to the customer’s CTQs.

Key Take-Aways

  • Using “house of quality” methodology to meet customer quality standards
  • Translating the customer’s needs all the way up to the manufacturing parameters
  • From critical to quality to functional requirements
  • Process variables as key indicators of your process
Maximizing Strategic Planning to Drive Results from Senior Leadership to the Factory Floor

SPEAKERS

Scott Detillo
Vice President of Operations, Safariland

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Maximizing Strategic Planning to Drive Results from Senior Leadership to the Factory Floor

Strategic planning is an effective way for an organization and a senior leadership team to become aligned on goals, however, how can you use this plan to drive continuous improvement on the factory floor? In this presentation you'll learn the process to develop a strategic plan that can be used by the entire organization to get results and become a little better every day.

Key Take-Aways

  • The strategic planning process and getting alignment on key goals
  • Benchmarking to understand strengths and opportunities
  • Best practice sharing to leverage organizational learning and improvement
  • Utilizing skills assessments to drive training
  • Daily use of the strategic plan on the factory floor to drive decision making
Future Proofing Manufacturing with Non-Destructive Testing

SPEAKERS

Gail Stultz
Business Development Director, Advanced Material Solutions

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Future Proofing Manufacturing with Non-Destructive Testing

Competitive forces are driving unheard-of levels of innovation in product design, materials and lean manufacturing processes. A rigorous and proactive approach to risk containment is essential to protect your brand and bottom line. This talk presents an overview of various NDT methods, their strengths and limitations, and culminates with a 4-step plan for implementation.

Key Take-Aways

  • NDT 101: An overview and comparison of NDT disciplines, capabilities, limitations and application
  • Minimizing containment costs through proactive materials evaluation
  • “Seeing things differently” to protect your company’s tomorrow
 
SERVANT OF THE CUSTOMER; DRIVING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE BY ACTIVELY LEADING A QUALITY CULTURE AND PRODUCTION OF A GREAT WIDGET

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Mike Davis
Director of Quality, Baldwin Richardson Foods

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SERVANT OF THE CUSTOMER; DRIVING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE BY ACTIVELY LEADING A QUALITY CULTURE AND PRODUCTION OF A GREAT WIDGET

This presentation will address the principle objectives are to drive engagement with each other and encourage serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives. Humble Pie – Lessons in Leadership through Humility (a modest view of one’s own importance)

Key Take-Aways

  • Act with Humility
  • Be a Giver
  • Challenge yourself to be a better leader
  • Listen and Learn
Continuous Improvement will Solve all your Problems... Really?

SPEAKERS

Rafael Romero
Enterprise Principle Leader for Continuous Improvement Culture, Value Stream Flow and Visual Factory, Johnson Controls

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Continuous Improvement will Solve all your Problems... Really?

Johnson Controls launched a Manufacturing Excellence Strategy to achieve its vision of becoming the most operationally capable company in the world. The centerpiece of the strategy,is the Johnson Controls Manufacturing System (JCMS). The system has 9 Principles and one of them is Continuous Improvement Culture where provides a comprehensive model with clear road maps for engaging employees, driving manufacturing excellence and growing the business via One Johnson Controls Way of manufacturing.
Key Take-Aways
  • How the Continuous Improvement Culture 'Principle' provide increased sustainment of value delivery
  • Practical examples of Continuous Improvement's success 
  • CI teams vs all plant employees continuously improving  
  • How to integrate Continuous Improvement into a Manufacturing System  

 

Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

SPEAKERS

Mark Novak
Director of Operations, Global Organics

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Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

Production operations are increasingly asked to use less processed materials as part of a sustainable initiative. Recognizing the functional differences in the way materials perform is essential to project success. We adapt the R&D commercialization process to explicitly identify differences, and in partnership with Operations, develop solutions consistent with the sustainable values a new product represents.This presentation will walk you through some essential basic understanding needed to work with less processed natural and/or organic raw material.This process makes expected costs realistic. Your organization then goes to market with confidence and meets consumer expectations. 

Key Take Aways

  • The Sustainable Difference:  Implications for sourcing and use of more natural Raw Materials
  • Identifying where costs are different: Accurate assessment of cost of production for sustainable products
  • Cost Control: Developing solutions to maintain throughput and yield
  • Walking the Walk : Meeting customer expectations consistently 
ALLERGIES: THE POWER OF QR CODES TO PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND YOUR COMPANY

SPEAKERS

Colleen Kavanagh
CEO & Co-Founder, ZEGO Snacks

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ALLERGIES: THE POWER OF QR CODES TO PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND YOUR COMPANY

Food allergy awareness and prevalence are on the rise and FALCPA raises companies' liability for cross contamination. Learn how ZEGO has revolutionized allergy transparency for better consumer AND company protection.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Companies are increasingly being held responsible for cross contact.
  • Most of cross contact comes in as contamination in your other ingredients.
  • Batch testing the final product gives you constant feedback on your supply chain and operational effectiveness.
  • Tying the batch test results to the QR code on your packaging gives your customers the information they need to decide if eating that particular product is safe for them.
  • Costs of testing are minimal compared to cost of recall and could prevent a consumer having a reaction, hospitalization or fatality. You protect your customer and your brand