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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...

Most of you are trying to create a drastically different future. You’re doing that by using lean thinking, advanced technology, or new strategy. But you can’t create something you can’t envision. Any change without a specific purpose to move closer to a vision is no better than chaos or inertia.
What would your grandmother say about life today?...

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.
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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...

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 leaders struggled to define it and couldn’t outline what it would really take to get there. Without a roadmap, its unlikely to...

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 trying to improve on this approach, but currently it boils down to eight areas of inquiry:
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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 them out of our business.
Now we’re told that “smart manufacturing,” heavy with...

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is featured in Mediaplanet’s “Women in Skilled Trades” supplement in today’s USA Today. Designed to highlight opportunities for women and girls to pursue careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades, the supplement features stories about women making a difference and shares insights on how women can...

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 we need it. We study a production system and learn the bottlenecks and how material and information flow. We then pull the raw...

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 problem.
Friction is costly in soft dollars that you’ll never be able to track on the bottom line, it’s costly...