Idea generation study & roundtable with Dr. Alan Robinson

April 24, 2018 | 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $349
Student Member Fee: $349
Non-Member Fee: $399


Draeger Medical Systems, Inc.
6 Tech Drive
Andover, Massachusetts

Go and see how lean concepts are being applied at two organizations in the greater Boston area, and learn from Dr. Alan Robinson, one of the leading researchers in idea generation & employee suggestion systems. Attendees will benchmark active & ever-developing idea generation systems, and learn from Robinson's observations and suggestions for improving idea systems within each organization.


Morning host: Dräeger Medical Systems, Inc. is a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology. Since 1889, Dräger has been developing advanced technical devices and solutions trusted by users all over the world. No matter where Dräger products are used: it’s always about life. Whether for use in clinical, industrial or mining applications, in firefighting or rescue services, Dräger products protect, support and save lives.


Afternoon host: United Plastic Fabricating, Inc. (UPF) started with a simple thought: “There has to be a better way.” This simple thought is what continues to drive UPF. In the mid 80s, the founders of UPF evaluated water tanks used for fire apparatus. They determined that water tanks could be made from high impact polypropylene instead of galvanized steel, which is heavy and prone to corrosion. This strong, lightweight plastic could be welded using extruded sheet and made into a water tank with a lifetime warranty, while offering a weight savings and eliminating corrosion. Today, UPF designs and fabricates every product for the customer's specific needs. From the 1st POLY-TANK® built to replace a corroded steel tank in 1986, to every new industry it entered and every new product it fabricated, United Plastic Fabricating has proven to be the better way.


8:00 a.m.   -   8:30 a.m.   Welcome & networking
8:30 a.m.   - 12:00 p.m.   Draeger Medical Systems's lean journey, idea generation process & system, brief site tour, report-out of observations, Q&A and suggestions for improvement for host organization
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.   Break for lunch & depart for second tour site
1:00 p.m.   -   4:30 p.m.   United Plastic Fabricating's lean journey, idea generation process & system, brief site tour, report-out of observations, Q&A and suggestions for improvement for host organization


Dr. Alan Robinson specializes in managing high-performing organizations, creativity, ideas, innovation and lean production. He is the co-author of ten books, many of which have been translated into more than 25 languages. Robinson has advised more than 300 companies in twenty five countries on how to improve their performance. Over the years, his research has been covered in major U.S. newspapers and in a number of business publications. He has been interviewed on numerous local and national radio and television shows and also co-hosted a two-hour show on innovation for PBS/The Business Channel.

Robinson has served on the Board of Examiners for the U.S. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and on the Board of Examiners for the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. He is a faculty member of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. He has also taught at St. Petersburg Technical University in Russia, the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration in Greece (affiliated with INSEAD), the Jagiellonian University in Poland, the University of Porto in Portugal, the Hanoi Business School, and Tianjin University in China. Robinson holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

  • Tour two lean facilities in just one day
  • Learn from the insights & suggestions of Dr. Alan Robinson, one of the leading researchers in idea generation systems.
  • Network with and learn from fellow lean practitioners. 
  • Take away new ideas to apply at your own organization.
  • Lean leaders and practitioners
  • Manufacturing professionals
  • Continuous improvement personnel
  • Continuous improvement managers
  • Operations managers
  • Anyone who believes in the value of employee ideas 

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.

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