Manufacturing excellence within an organization begins with growing people’s knowledge. Over the past 30 years, our membership has learned that to thrive in a highly competitive environment requires two key ingredients: People engaged in excellence in their daily work and the sharing of enlightened knowledge throughout the enterprise. To help members succeed, AME hosts events across North America, where our membership presents its greatest and most enlightened best practices. We’ve learned that by leaning on the insights of members who have been there and done that, members are provided with a trusted network of like-minded people they can rely on to confidently make the changes needed to accelerate growth. By bringing members together to share, learn and grow, we inspire each other’s journey to enterprise excellence.
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World-class plant tour: O.C. Tanner
Get an in-depth look at how O.C. Tanner has implemented lean during the AME Canadian world-class tour series. O.C. Tanner is a custom manufacturer and distributor of emblematic recognition rewards for a wide variety of organizations in the private and public sectors. On this tour, you will see the results of one-piece flow made possible by a true north culture focused on respect for people and continuous improvement.
Honda R&D Americas
AME Lean Sensei seminar
AME offers the AME Lean Sensei seminar to anyone interested in benchmarking their organization against distinguished AME Excellence Award recipient companies. The AME Lean Sensei is a free tool that helps organizations self-assess their current process improvement strategy, learn where they stand, identify the gaps and plan for the future. Join this seminar and learn how to improve your organization through the application of this tool.
Lean Six Sigma at AM General
Tour the plant that powers the #1 tactical vehicle in the world and learn how use of lean tools have resulted in over $1 million in savings in labor and overhead. AM General’s Powertrain Assembly Plant was built in the late 1990's to produce the 6.5-liter diesel engine and later the 4-speed automatic transmission. Today, it manufactures HUMVEE power-train components. Processes at the plant are mature and capable, but a recent shift in focus to efficiency has required the facility to embrace lean and continuous improvement tools.
Best practice workshop
This workshop will cover Improvement Kata, a repeating four-step routine by which an organization improves and adapts. It makes continuous improvement through the scientific problem-solving method of plan, do, check, act (PDCAA) a daily habit.
AME Chicago lean tour
This two-day event will feature tours of multile lean-thinking companies in the Chicagoland area. See how local companies are using lean in their processes, learn about what worked and what didn't work, and discover the tools and techniques companies are using to improve their organizations.
Value stream mapping workshop
In this one-day workshop, you will learn the basics of value stream mapping, a powerful tool to help expose waste (non-value-added elements) in your processes.
Lean safety workshop
Lean thinkers agree that culturally impacting employee engagement leads to long-term lean success. Too often lean has been used as a cost savings methodology by management, and as a result, gaining employee buy-in can be difficult. This workshop suggests a different path to lean success-a safe path. By using some of the common tools in a lean thinker's tool box and focusing on safety instead of cycle time, you can easily start to build an understanding and acceptance of lean while you improve safety in your facility. Day one of this workshop will be held in a classroom. On day two, attendees will be formed into safety kaizen teams and will work on the shop floor.
AME Lean boot camp
Learn how to use lean tools and techniques to quickly identify waste, recognize opportunities and improve productivity across a wide range of processes.
Regional excellence forum
Hear how different organizations are working to continuously improve their organizations as you network with the AME Midwest lean community. This event will feature presentations from local companies on a variety of hot-button lean topics.
Peer-to-peer work group breakfast
Join a small group of working professionals to share and learn best practices in continuous improvement. This free two-hour session includes a light breakfast and:
- Peer to peer brainstorming intended to aide members in the challenges of implementing continuous improvement culture, tools and approaches
- Sharing of online and offline resources, forms, training materials and other aides when implementing continuous improvement
- Networking with fellow continuous improvement practitioners
AME Chicagoland Lean Consortium benchmarking tours and kaizan workshops
Chicago, IL (Chicago Central, Collar Counties, Waukegan, Elgin, Aurora, Joliet, University Park)
Is your company located in the Chicagoland area and committed to continuous improvement? Are you seeking ways to accelerate your improvement journey, deliver better value to your customers, and engage your workforce? Join the AME Chicagoland Lean Consortium and become part of a collaborative learning network of local practitioners who are committed to performance excellence and collaborative learning. The AME Consortia program is designed to support you in accelerating your company’s journey toward excellence through:
- Plant tours rotating through the member companies
- Round-table discussions on a host company’s hot issue
- Special interest groups on a common hot issue (e.g. 5S, VSM, pull, SCM, etc.)
- Shared-cost learning events
- Special discounts to AME workshops and events
People-centric leadership roundtable
AME is committed to the people-centric leadership movement. We feel it is an awesome responsibility to create a cultural environment in which people can realize their gifts, develop and apply their talents and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions in pursuit of a common purpose. PCL involves employees at every level: manufacturing, office staff, management and the CEO. AME offers a variety of events to help you, your co-workers and your company to fully embrace and live the people-centric leadership way. Join us at this roundtable event and find out how you can bring the people-centric leadership movement to your organization.
Value stream mapping workshop
This workshop will develop basic skills in value stream mapping. Value stream mapping is a visual tool that helps companies identify and eliminate waste, cut lead times, reduce costs and increase quality. Learn how to create a value stream map and identify value, non-value and sustaining non-value-added activities. Workshop leaders will help you create a current state map, establish takt time for a product or process family, link data to process activities and analyze the outcome and develop a future state map.
AME Dine & Learn events
Monthly after-hours Dine & Learn events include brief networking followed by dinner and a short presentation on a different topic. These events are a great opportunity for members and non-members alike to share, learn and grow with other lean thinkers and practitioners. There’s no conflict with normal business hours, and dinner is included!
Design Ready Controls
Best practice event
Brooklyn Park, MN
Named Manufacturer of the Year 2018 by the Manufacturers Alliance, Design Ready Controls defines modern manufacturing. State-of-the-art automation, lean practices and a culture of continuous improvement has driven its success since 1989. On this world-class plant your, see the latest lean initiatives and advanced automation and the production of high volume, high variability control panels and wire harnesses.
Lean advocates meeting
Twin Cities, MN
Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced lean practitioner, join us for a monthly breakfast to collaborate on starting a lean journey at your company. Sample agenda topics include: Updates from AME and the North Central Regional board; what problem or challenge are you striving to address in your lean journey? What is your goal or target (perhaps in 3-12 months, depending on the situation)? What is the current situation? What are you trying or testing now? What are you learning/have you learned recently? What will you try next? Go to network.ame.org to connect with other lean advocates and for more information on upcoming monthly meeting dates and times.
People-centric leadership 101
Twin Cities, MN
Developing a passionate, engaged workforce is the recipe for a thriving, successful business. Accomplishing this requires a foundation of strong communication skills, critical listening capabilities and a robust process for converting people’s ideas into continuous improvement action. The AME PCL 101 course was designed by AME to provide organizations with a comprehensive overview of people-centric leadership and the behaviors required to build a culture where every day, everyone is fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. If you’re interested in improving leadership behaviors and increasing engagement, the AME PCL 101 Course is for you.
Integrating lean tools and concepts to create flow can be a challenge for any company. This is especially true in made/engineered-to-order environments, products with high variation or aging factories where equipment and layout were designed for mass production. Power Partners’ factory in Athens, GA is all the above. In this workshop, you’ll step into an ongoing case study of lean transformation. Learn how Power Partners has used value stream mapping, work combination tables and various forms of physical and electronic scheduling systems. The workshop will include hands-on practice as well as a plant tour.
Lean Bronze Review & Exam
This course is intended to prepare participants to take and pass the Lean Bronze Certification Examination, which will be offered on the third day for those who sign up separately with SME. This three-hour multiple-choice exam is designed to test understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge. The review course helps participants understand the body of knowledge that test questions are drawn from, provides practice exams and exercises to give students a good idea of what will be included in the exam, and offers several takeaways that students will find useful on exam day.
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Visual management workshop
Is there lack of understanding in your organization of what needs to be done when? Do you wonder how your organization is doing or what steps to take next? Every organization can benefit from learning and applying visual management. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn visual management techniques and apply what they learn to improve the visual management of a product line.
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
PDCA workshop and tour
This workshop helps front line leaders drive plan, do, check, act (PDCA) at their organizations. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation started its lean journey in 2010 with a single value stream and to date has seven active value streams. Its aim is to unleash the intellectual power of every member of every team. Clinical operations managers, supervisors and directors will share their journey to eliminate non-value-added activities and replace them with value-added activities through coaching and developing their teams into effective problem solvers.
Lean agile project management
Learn how to manage projects in a lean and agile format. This workshop will explore a variety of techniques to help project management professionals get the most from their project teams while ensuring on-time and on-budget project results.
San Francisco Bay Area lean tour
San Francisco, CA
Spend the day touring lean companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and see each of their best practices in action. You’ll get a firsthand look at each facility’s lean transformations and talk with practitioners. This event features companies that are demonstrating how to deploy and sustain lean and enterprise excellence at their sites.
PDCA: The core of sustained improvement efforts
The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to develop participants’ lean thinking abilities and to build their skills in creating lean processes throughout their organizations while facilitating continual learning and improvement.
Advanced visual management workshop
In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to create visual controls and use visual management tools. You will participate in multiple hands-on exercises that will teach you how to create effective visual management tools and use them to help drive your problem-solving processes. Workshop leaders will discuss and review strategies for how these types of visual controls can help any business be successful and share their personal experiences developing and applying these tools and methods in various environments.
Visual management for busy managers
Mission Bell is a California-based company that specializes in quality architectural woodwork, millwork and custom casework, ranging from intricate one-of-a kind quality woodwork fixtures to standard production cabinets. The company uses a highly visual system to manage in a hectic environment. Go and see how visual systems allow Mission Bell supervisors and managers to minimize errors in their fast-paced world.