AME Chicagoland Lean Tours

December 6, 2017 | 6:45 am to December 7, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Fees
Non-Member Fee: $645
Member Fee: $495
Student Member Fee: $495

Location

Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg-Chicago Hotel
3405 W Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
DESCRIPTION

Tour four companies that are demonstrating how to deploy and sustain lean and enterprise excellence at their sites. Over the course of two days, see lean practices in action on the shop floor at Acme Alliance Die Casting in Northbrook, Gleason Cutting Tools in Rockford, United Conveyor in Waukegan and G&W Electric in Bolingbrook.

This event is not a presentation seminar, but a hands-on tour series. Highlights include: Visual management, kanban, leader standard work, TPM, kaizen, supply chain management, employee engagement in continuous improvement initiatives, 6S standards, office 5S, heijunka/level loading and more. Previous companies and participants have stated that this is the one event they strive to attend because of the excellent learning opportunities. Early registration is encouraged.

Please note: Competitors will be excluded from some companies’ tours. 

 

Thank you to our generous sponsor, TourGuide Solutions, for providing tour headsets.

HOST COMPANIES

Acme Alliance is a global manufacturer of custom engineered die cast components. The company started its lean journey in 2001; Acme production facilities follow standard work performance metrics and produce components in a value stream environment on globally, standardized equipment. At Acme Alliance Die Casting, Northbrook, experience four value-stream teams and their visual Kanban scheduling boards, leaders standard work, TPM, kaizen/CI process, excellent employee engagement and more. To learn more about the company's lean journey, click here
 

Gleason Corporation is a global leader in the technology of gearing, supporting leading companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, agricultural, construction equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, energy, and truck industries. At Gleason Cutting Tools, Rockford, see 6S standards throughout the facility, employee engagement in continuous improvement initiatives, eliminating waste through empowered kaizen teams, and more.

 

United Conveyor Corporation is a global leader in ash handling solutions for the power generation industry and a preferred supplier for dry sorbent injection, activated carbon injection and reagent handling. At United Conveyor, Waukegan, experience visual management and standard work in new product development, managing for daily improvement in supply chain using team huddle boards, Kaizen/CI as a core value, leader standard work and office 5S.

 

G&W Electric has been a global supplier of electric power equipment since 1905. At G&W Electric, Bolingbrook, see custom engineered products, office and factory Kaizen/CI process, visual management, team huddle boards, standard work, heijunka / level loading, Kanban and more.

AGENDA

MEETING LOCATION/RECOMMENDED LODGING: Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg-Chicago Hotel
ADDRESS
Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg-Chicago Hotel
3405 W Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 259-5000

Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
6:45 a.m. Registration and breakfast (Meet at McKenna's restaurant in the Holiday Inn)
7:45 a.m. Depart for Acme Alliance Die Casting
8:15 a.m. Arrive at Acme Alliance
8:30 a.m. Welcome & introduction
9:00 a.m. Tour (4-5 groups of 8-10)
11:00 a.m. Feedback Session for Acme Alliance
11:30 a.m. Depart for Gleason; Lunch on bus
1:00 p.m. Arrive at Gleason Cutting Tools
1:15 p.m. Welcome & introduction
1:45 p.m. Tour (4-5 groups of 8-10)
3:45 p.m. Feedback session for Gleason
4:15 p.m. Depart for hotel; highpoints recap on bus
5:45 p.m. Arrive at hotel

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:45 a.m. Breakfast (Meet at McKenna's restaurant in the Holiday Inn)
7:45 a.m. Depart for United Conveyor Corp.
8:15 a.m. Arrive at United Conveyor
8:30 a.m. Welcome & introduction
9:00 a.m. Tour (4-5 groups of 8-10)
11:00 a.m. Feedback session for United Conveyor
11:30 a.m. Depart for G&W Electric; lunch on bus
1:00 p.m. Arrive at G&W Electric
1:15 p.m. Welcome & introduction
1:45 p.m. Tour (4-5 groups of 8-10)
3:45 p.m. Feedback session for G&W Electric
4:15 p.m. Depart for hotel / highpoints recap
5:45 p.m. Arrive at hotel and adjourn

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS
  • See lean implementations in practice and ask site personnel what went well and what they would do differently
  • See lean adopted in four distinctly different businesses: die casting auto parts, precision tools, engineered materials handling systems and electrical utilities switch gear
  • Meet other similar-minded professionals in your area of expertise and develop contacts for benchmarking and best practice sharing
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about lean practices
  • Company or business leaders who want to take their organizations to the next level of safety, quality, lean, service and productivity
  • CI professionals, engineers and operations leaders who want to expand their toolkit and look for new ways to implement and sustain lean
  • CEOs, company owners that need to make improvements within their teams to get results
  • Students, teachers and others seeking how to learn and develop lean practices
OTHER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $150 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.