The Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV
May 7-9th, 2017

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Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas
May 7-9th, 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
  • Workplace Motivation for Continuous Improvement
  • Successful Continuous Improvement Strategies
  • Ensuring Sustainability of Programs

Breakout Presentations

Lean Six Sigma – Deployment from the Middle

SPEAKERS

April Young
Director, Operational Excellence, Alcon

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Lean Six Sigma – Deployment from the Middle

Many books and presentations have been given about the successful Top-Down Deployment approaches to Lean Six Sigma at places like GE and Toyota.  However, not every organization has the support required for this type of deployment.  This presentation will give real examples of the Lean Journey that began from the Middle Management and spread throughout the organization. It will compare and contrast the two deployment methods, and share key learnings on how to be successful deploying Lean Six Sigma from the Middle.

Key Take-Aways

  • Identify your key influencers
  • Relationships are critical
  • Do you like to Limbo? A test in flexibility
  • Approach may take longer, but may be more sustainable
Lean & Continuous Improvement in a

SPEAKERS

Warren (Bud) Degraff
Chief Operating Officer, Numotion

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Lean & Continuous Improvement in a "Transactional" Environment

Discuss opportunities on transactional environment to remove non-value added work and drive process efficiencies.  How to best utilize automation to drive productivity and "poka-yoke" systems and processes to remove waste and increase transaction speed.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Creating a DMAIC "Six Sigma" Culture
  • Understanding your true process flow
  • Removing process waste and inefficiencies
  • Expected results of process improvement & decreased cycle times
 
The Four Points of Lean Leadership

SPEAKERS

Shannon Barrett
Director of LEAN Six Sigma, Jabil

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The Four Points of Lean Leadership

Regardless of if your organization is just beginning your Lean journey or if you have achieved a high level of maturity, leading in a Lean organization requires a deliberate and thoughtful approach.  During this engaging presentation, we will discuss the mindset, habits, and behaviors needed to lead a Lean Transformation irrespective of your place on the organizational chart. These timeless concepts are applicable on the manufacturing floor, as well as our back office and service processes. And managers, supervisors and leaders at every level will discover new ways to help drive Lean thinking in their organizations.

Key Take-Aways

  • Self-reflection; examining your own leadership.
  • What are the things that successful Lean leaders are willing to do?
  • What are the pitfalls and traps that prevent most organizations from becoming Lean?
  • In a Lean organization, what are the behaviors that we should demand from ourselves and our teams?
  • What are the systems we should deploy to assure our success in a Lean Transformation?
Continuous Improvement at Rolls Royce - A Journey to deliver excellence

SPEAKERS

Emer Higgins
Head of Manufacturing Operations, Rolls Royce

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Continuous Improvement at Rolls Royce - A Journey to deliver excellence

An overview of the continuous improvement journey at Rolls Royce, from failed starts, to highly successful employee led initiatives.  What it takes to succeed and how to get started, how to push forward and how to celebrate the success.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Fundamentals of what it takes to create a lean environment
  • How to engage the workforce
  • How to take the knowledge of tools and apply them 
  • What the behaviors of a lean leader look like
 
Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: One CI Methodology is Not Enough

SPEAKERS

Aubrey Jones
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement Deployment, Ingredion

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Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: One CI Methodology is Not Enough

The presentation will cover why one CI methodology is not sufficient to drive and sustain CI in manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations.  An array of CI methodologies and tools are required meet the demands of today’s business environment.  A roadmap to evolve to a diversified, mature CI program will be provided.

Key Take-Aways

  • Why Lean and Six Sigma are only a partial solution for CI in today’s business environment
  • Different types of processes and problems require different CI tools and methods for optimal results
  • How to evolve from where you are today to a mature, diversified CI program
  • What a mature CI program encompasses
  • A description of the business benefits that a mature CI program delivers
Pioneer Through the Decades - Continual Evolution Through Industry Trends

SPEAKERS

Chris Cramer
CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Pioneer Through the Decades - Continual Evolution Through Industry Trends

Craft beer revolutions run in the family for this presenter. Follow the story of how along with his famous relative, Master Brewer Karl Strauss, Chris and his partner, Matt, have started San Diego’s craft beer revolution and how they have built manufacturing systems, customer feedback loops, and a company culture focused on continuous improvement that has enabled them to keep pioneering through the decades.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Product development and innovation to keep up with beer & food trends
  • Shifting consumer trends – how vastly the US beer landscape has changed since 1989
  • How Karl Strauss has adapted and developed new products to keep up emerging trends
  • Sustainability and management of manufacturing flexibility and automation to keep up with customer demands
The VOC (Voice of Customer) Quest - The Difficult Journey Towards the Goal!

SPEAKERS

Jerold Schlegel
Director of Quality and Compliance, Sweet Street Desserts

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The VOC (Voice of Customer) Quest - The Difficult Journey Towards the Goal!

The principle objective is to help provide a proven approach to better understand the true voice of the customer needs and the select six sigma tools that are needed to satisfy the customer expectations. This presentation will provide the analysis techniques and process to determine valid customer needs and translate them into meaningful quality requirements.

Key Take-Aways:
  • How to identify the true VOC needs
  • How to analyze and breakdown the VOC needs into actionable areas
  • Design in the VOC requirements to satisfy the needs 
  • Effective Continuous Improvement Tools  
The Candy Game - Running a Sweet and Lean Business

SPEAKERS

David Levine
President, Illinois Nut & Candy

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The Candy Game - Running a Sweet and Lean Business

The concept of Lean and Continuous Improvement is a topic that can take weeks to cover. My goal is to look at defining what Lean is and by understanding how we can eliminate waste which in turn will lead to a Kaizen and improved business.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Defining lean and continuous improvement
  • Understanding the improvement process
  • Applying these concepts
FSMA Preventive Controls & Food Safety Plan: Simplified.

SPEAKERS

James Giranda
Global Director, Product Safety & Quality Systems, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

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FSMA Preventive Controls & Food Safety Plan: Simplified.

FSMA requirements will be presented and discussed: preventive controls for human foods and how to develop your food safety plan. HACCP and HARPC will be compared and contrasted.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Preventive Controls: Simplified.
  • The Food Safety Plan: Everything you need to Know.
  • HACCP versus HARPC: What’s the difference?
Food Trends : The Beauty of Inspiration, The Agony of the Chase

SPEAKERS

Ann Hickey
President, Plush Puffs Gourment Marshmallows

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Food Trends : The Beauty of Inspiration, The Agony of the Chase

Cauliflower Rice, Avocado Toast, Salted Caramel, Cold Brewed.. are these trends, fads, inspirations or a source of annoying hipster instagram pics?  One, two or all of the above?  Trends can evoke a lot of emotions and being in the business where they are an integral part of what we do as food manufactures can make them a source of joy or a generator of madness.  But, they can be tamed and even embraced - with the right perspective, tools, skills and mantras.  Whether your in a business that boldly aims to set trends, maintain a more traditional and steady approach, or somewhere in between, join me in untangling, deciphering and setting a course of action in product development with a keen eye on how trends play a role.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Differentiate a trend from a fad - and gain an understanding of the pluses and minuses of both
  • Understand how to follow and stay up with trends (from Food Trucks to Web Influencers) without draining your brain and schedule
  • Incorporate trends into product development that make sense (and potentially only make sense to a minority of colleagues)
  • Explain how a product can stay relevant and profitable for years while following trends that are by definition fickle
  • Give trends their due; embrace the inspiration, motivation, excitement and positive energy that is generated when imagination becomes innovation
Manufacturing Logistics Solutions

SPEAKERS

William Marvin
Chief Procurement Officer, Diversified Foods & Seasonings, LLC

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Manufacturing Logistics Solutions

Changing market conditions and elevated distribution costs have forced many companies to adapt in order to survive in today's volatile age. In my review, I will discuss supply chain basics, challenges and solutions to combat distribution price increases.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Supply Chain Basics
  • Key Challenges
  • Solutions
  • Summary