Lean flow at Power Partners

November 7, 2017 | 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Student Member Fee: $245
Non-Member Fee: $295
Member Fee: $245


Power Partners
200 Newton Bridge Rd
Athens, Georgia

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 is designed for mass production. The Power Partners factory in Athens, GA is all of the above. In this workshop, you’ll step into an ongoing case study of lean transformation. Not only will you learn how Power Partners has used value stream mapping, work combination tables and various forms of physical and electronic scheduling systems, you will become part of the action by getting out on the shop floor and practicing what you learn.


Power Partners

Power Partners is a leading manufacturer of overhead distribution transformers in North America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and other markets. Their vision is to power communities around the world with innovative and sustainable solutions. More than 8.5 million transformers have been produced at the Power Partners plant in Athens, Georgia. powerpartners-usa.com


8:00 a.m.   - 10:00 a.m.    Safety first / Introductions / Value stream mapping overview / Value stream mapping skills
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.    Site tour
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Lunch
12:00 p.m. -   2:45 p.m.    Skills practice / Work combination tables / Synchronized flow
2:45 p.m.                           Wrap up, Q&A


Wesley Farris began his career in lean manufacturing more than 15 years ago working in different tier 1 automotive factories owned by Denso and Toyota Industries. There he was taught hands-on the concepts of 5S, Kaizen, jidoka, poka-yoke, heijunka, SMED and Kanban. Over the years he has moved through roles in engineering, logistics, production control and continuous improvement. Since leaving the automotive industry in 2008, his focus has been teaching others to see waste and solve their own problems by facilitating blitzes, leading improvement projects, coaching others and developing self-managed teams. He currently works with Power Partners in Athens, GA as the production control leader. He focuses on changing the way distribution transformers are scheduled and manufactured. This includes everything from sequencing of material and sub-assemblies to making process changes to eliminate defects, reduce lead times and improve efficiencies.

Corie Shields has 27 years of manufacturing experience with Westinghouse, ABB, Power Partners and PPI. She has management experience across many functions including operations, logistics, production planning and quality. She has developed cross functional teams to solve long-standing product flow and product quality problems. She is dedicated to continuous improvement and enjoys leading Kaizen events.

  • Learn how to create flow in a high volume, high mix manufacturing environment.
  • Gain valuable tools for value stream mapping such as work combination tables, value stream data sheets, etc.
  • See first-hand examples of flow in a high mix environment.

This event will benefit professionals from entry level (specialist, engineer) positions up to the CEO in areas such as:

  • Operations management
  • Process / industrial engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Continuous improvement

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 $100 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.

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