Lean Manufacturing and Bottom-Line Results

CGA-BC Surrey/ Langley/ North Delta Chapter and APICS Invite You to a Jointly Sponsored Event

Lean Manufacturing and Bottom-Line Results, March 28

Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time:  Registration 5:30 pm   Buffet Dinner 6 pm   Speaker 7 pm – 8:30 pm  Q&A and Door Prizes 8:30 – 9 pm

Location:  Newlands Golf Course, 21025 48th Ave., Langley, (604) 533-3288

Cost:  $50 (includes HST and a $3 donation to the CGA-BC Educational Foundation)

This seminar is worth two CPD hours.


Drop the Dogma! Five Missing Ingredients that Build the Bridge Between Lean Actions and Bottom-Line Results
Lean manufacturing is the most prominent improvement approach in industry today. Companies throughout North America are investing time, money and resources in Lean and some of the success stories are genuinely impressive. Yet, there’s an elephant in the room. Managers who have championed or invested in Lean are reluctant to talk about it, but the bottom-line impact is often far from impressive – or even non-existent. Sure, these companies can usually point to “local improvements,” a department or a work centre,  but where’s the ROI for the business?

Steve Jackson’s presentation will highlight exactly those circumstances that can lead to Lean disappointment; and he will introduce five missing ingredients that can transform Lean actions into solid bottom line results. In a 21-plant experiment just one of these ingredients triggered a 10-times greater level of cost savings. But to gain the benefits, managers have to have the courage to challenge the dogma and trust their own thinking!

Speaker: Steve Jackson of Synchronix Technologies, Inc.

In the days before Lean, Just-In-Time, Kaizen or Six Sigma, Steve project-managed 23 manufacturing system implementations (MRP-based) in Europe and North America. He earned a CFPIM from APICS and his eight years on APICS boards included time served as President of the Vancouver Chapter.

Since being trained in the improvement technology known as Theory of Constraints, for 25 years Steve and his partner Rod Gelhorn have helped manufacturers:

§       reduce lead times by 70 per cent and more,

§       reduce inventories by 50 per cent and more,

§       consistently hit 98-99.9 per cent on-time performance, and

§       produce and ship 20 per cent to 40 per cent more products from the same resources.

This background, enhanced by the experience of colleagues worldwide who work daily with TOC and Lean and 6S, gives Steve a unique platform from which to recognize how to capitalize on the strengths of these technologies, avoid their weaknesses, and maintain a focus on results – not on the technology.



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