Association for Manufacturing Excellence

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San Diego is widely known as a hub of innovation. That’s just one of the many reasons AME chose San Diego to host its 2018 International Conference. This year AME San Diego 2018 conference attendees can go and see operational excellence firsthand at more than 40 local best practice tours. Tours committee co-chair Jerry Wright spoke with us about...

People volunteer for AME for different reasons… some do so to give back to the lean and continuous improvement community, others volunteer because they want to meet like-minded peers and gain insights they can take back to their companies. Whatever their motivations, volunteers have been the key ingredient for AME’s success since day one. Next week...

With the coming of the Digital Age, companies are embracing the emerging “no-collar” workforce trend by redesigning jobs and imagining how work gets done in a hybrid human-and-machine environment as reported by Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report. The rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) may require companies to reinvent...

by Anne C. Graham, #1 Best Selling Author - Profit in Plain Sight. AME Director-British Columbia, Canada www.AnneCGraham.com If I asked you to define enterprise excellence, how would you answer that? We all “sort of” know what it is. But when discussing enterprise excellence as our goal for the new Vancouver Consortium, I found manufacturing...

My ‘Mini-Assessment’ at the gemba By Mark Russell, President & COO, Worthington Industries We have formal assessments we use at Worthington to quantify our Transformation 2.0 progress. In addition to these, I have my own personal “mini-assessment” going on in my mind as I travel around the company and meet and talk with our people. I’m always...

Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc., AME author and Great Lakes Region Board Member We hadn’t quite figured out how to use our ERP systems effectively when we started our lean journeys. Not sure how to integrate the two, we stumble, but keep trying. We’ve been told so many times that both are critical to success that we know we shouldn’t kick either of...

Master Black Belt, Tremco http://www.tremcosealants.com, AME Cleveland Lean Consortia, https://www.ame.org/ame-cleveland-consortium Having trouble with resistance to lean? Try putting your lean practice on a pull system! If you are a continuous improvement (CI) practitioner, you know the meaning of pull. When pulling, we use only what we need, when...

#1 Best Selling Author - Profit in Plain Sight. AME Director-British Columbia, Canada www.AnneCGraham.com Costly friction is everywhere in your business, at every stage of the value chain. On the shop floor, we see it as re-work and on-time issues. In the supply chain, we see it as poor-quality products and lost time required to resolve the...

Target Online contributor, AME marketing coordinator Before 1946, if a guitar was damaged inside a manufacturing facility, there was a good chance it would never be played. Leo Fender, a southern California inventor, had the idea to build a guitar that came apart, specifically by bolting the neck to the body rather than gluing it (among other...

Lean and Business Management Consultant at Mountain Ridge Consulting, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardgemin The ideal changeover should be tool-less. This means standard bolts used in changeovers are the enemy and must be identified and replaced. We need to look at the bolts and how they are used and determine if there is a better fastener. Bolts...