The power of visual kanban replenishment systems

June 6, 2018 | 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
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Student Member Fee: $25
Non-Member Fee: $295
Member Fee: $245


Anchor Industries
7701 Highway 41 N
Evansville, Indiana

An AME 2017 International Conference presenter, Anchor Industries is a leading supplier of event, party and wedding tents, awnings and outdoor fabricshade solutions, fabric buildings and structures, safety pool covers, fire shelters, military products, and other custom fabric and frame products. Learn how the evolution of physical and visual kanban replenishment systems spread throughout Anchor, resulting in significant productivity improvements and reduced stock outs. Go and see how the foundational concepts of a “two-bin” system spread from production to the office and from raw materials to sub assemblies. Anchor will share the successes and challenges associated with the transition from computer based ordering to physical replenishment on a daily basis.



Anchor Industries, founded in 1892, began as a small riverboat supply house located on the Ohio River. Anchor Supply Company, as it was known then, furnished oil, groceries, paint and other supplies to the steamboat trade. Due to a growing demand for water-proof covers, Anchor’s founder, Louis A. Daus, added canvas goods to the line of merchandise. Today, with 300 skilled workers and over 350,000 square feet of production capacity in Evansville, Indiana, Anchor is one of the world’s most respected producers of event, party, and wedding tents, awnings and outdoor fabricshade solutions, fabric buildings and structures, safety pool covers, fire shelters, military products, and other custom fabric and frame products.


Mike McKim has been a student of lean principles for the past seven years. He began his career at Anchor Industries in the custom sales division in 2008. In 2010 he was recruited into the anchor performance system (APS), a department dedicated to the continuous improvement of key value stream initiatives within the company. After leading the APS department for four years, he moved into a dual role as a procurement specialist and an APS representative with an emphasis on office processes.


7:30 a.m.   -   8:00 a.m.  Registration & coffee/snacks
8:00 a.m.   -   8:15 a.m.  Welcome & introduction
8:15 a.m.   -   9:30 a.m.  Presentation: “Journey to simplified replenishment process throughout Anchor”
9:30 a.m.   -   9:45 a.m.  Break
9:45 a.m.   - 12:00 p.m.  Plant tour/“Go and See”
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Q&A session 

  • Learn how to use kaizen that supports inventory control and draws engagement from its associates.
  • Experience visual management on the shop floor and in an office environment.
  • Go and see inventory control led by kaizen teams that support just in time manufacturing.
  • Executives
  • Plant managers
  • Change agents
  • Supply chain managers
  • Continuous improvement managers

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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