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Value Stream 2 Systematic Daily Improvement

The Littelfuse TPM journey to excellence

How to develop and deploy a comprehensive, global TPM program
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Location Code
2:15pm-3:15pm Dallas Ballroom B, 1st floor TP/14

Hear about lessons learned in a global TPM effort and learn about LSGA (lean small group activities). Understand how TPM fits into Littelfuse Lean Enterprise and uses or complements its lean tools. Hear how culture has factored into its success and failures.


Four years ago, a team of lean leaders determined that standard work for Littelfuse TPM was critical to the company’s success. Since then, it has made tremendous progress. Learn the eight aspects of Littelfuse Lean Enterprise TPM; lessons captured about the pain points in standardization effort; and critical aspects of starting and continuing a TPM rollout, including how to get executive buy-in, how to prioritize, and the key points and successes of the overhaul kaizen blitz. See the before and after numbers for operators and technicians with the reduction in headcount being accomplished by attrition or moving people to new product lines. Hear about the reduction in spare parts (saving over $220,000 in the first year) and about the improvement in gross margin.


Littelfuse products are vital components in virtually every market that uses electrical energy, from consumer electronics to automobiles, commercial vehicles and industrial equipment. Littelfuse is the preferred brand for leading manufacturers around the world, with more than 30 sales, manufacturing and engineering facilities and a global network of distribution channels. Littelfuse is a recipient of the 2016 AME Excellence Award.

Presenter: Matt Swain / Scott Webber

Matt Swain is global director, lean enterprise, at Littelfuse and spearheads the global initiative to transform the corporation’s approach to TPM. His training has yielded impressive results across 12 manufacturing locations on three continents. Swain has held leadership positions in design, engineering and maintenance with world-class corporations, including Honeywell and Finisar. He has a master’s degree in manufacturing systems management, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and has certifications in lean and six sigma.

Scott Webber is currently the China lean manager at Littelfuse, responsible for the oversight of the lean journey for five Littelfuse manufacturing campuses. As a Littelfuse certified lean expert, he mentors and coaches lean teams and site leadership at each location. Prior to his lean role, Webber held leadership roles as warehouse manager, production manager and wafer fab operations manager. In addition to his manufacturing experience, he was a supply corps officer in the United States Navy, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander, and is a Gulf War veteran.