So Cal Lean Tour 2019

September 11, 2019 | 7:00 am to September 12, 2019 | 4:30 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Non-Member Fee: $745
Member Fee: $595
Student Member Fee: $195


Hyatt House/John Wayne Airport Hotel
2320 Main Street
Irvine, California

This AME Western Region annual event returns to Southern California this year and features four companies that are demonstrating how to deploy and sustain lean and enterprise excellence at their sites. Here are the companies and some of the lean practices you will witness on the tour:

  • At Alcon in Lake Forest, you will see cellular service and repair operations, gemba boards, leader standard work, kanban/flow and a lean warehouse operations transformation project that supports global service and repair parts distribution.
  • At Oakley in Lake Forest, you will observe a lean product development process with electronic boards, takt pacing, visual controls as well as flow manufacturing, kanban, gemba board, leader standard work and cellular manufacturing.
  • IEHP, in Rancho Cucamonga is a lean healthcare system with leader standard work, gemba boards, member and provider information flow and visual systems. They provide exceptional services with a lean mindset.
  • At Fender Musical Instruments in Corona, you will observe daily Kaizen, one instrument flow, kanban and jidoka (autonomation) and visual factory.


See four great lean thinking companies in just two days! Spend time seeing lean practices in action on the shop floor. This is a hands-on tour of four sites, not a presentation seminar.


Meeting location/recommended lodging:
Hyatt House Irvine/John Wayne AIrport Hotel
2320 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614

7:00 a.m.   Registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m.   Depart for Alcon
8:30 a.m.   Arrive at Alcon in Lake Forest
8:45 a.m.   Welcome, introduction
9:15 a.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
11:00 a.m. Feedback Session for Alcon
11:30 a.m. Depart for Fender Musical Instruments
11:45 a.m. Arrive at Fender Musical Instruments
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Fender Musical Instruments
12:45 p.m. Welcome, introduction
1:15 p.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
3:30 p.m.   Feedback Session for Fender Musical Instruments
4:15 p.m.   Depart for hotel
5:30 p.m.   AME Hosted networking dinner at El  Torito Mexican Grill (off Main St. Irvine)

7:00 a.m.   Breakfast
7:45 a.m.   Depart for IEHP in Rancho Cucamonga
8:45 a.m.   Arrive at IEHP
9:00 a.m.   Welcome, introduction
9:30 a.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
11:30 a.m. Feedback session/lunch at IEHP
12:00 p.m. Depart for Oakley Interplanetary HQ
12:30 p.m. Arrive at Oakley Interplanetary HQ
12:45 p.m. Welcome, introduction
1:15 p.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
3:30 p.m.   Feedback Session for Oakley Interplanetary HQ
4:00 p.m.   Depart for hotel/complete event survey
4:30 p.m.   Arrive at hotel and adjourn

  • Participants will see lean implementations in practice and have the chance to ask what went well and what would you do differently of the site personnel directly.
  • The opportunity to see lean adopted in three distinctly different businesses – musical instruments, medical device manufacturing and OEM electromechanical.
  • Participants will be able to meet other similar-minded professionals in their area of expertise and develop contacts for benchmarking and best practice sharing.
  • Previous companies and participants have stated that this is the ONE EVENT they strive to attend because of the excellent learning opportunities.
  • 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

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.

Notes: This event may be canceled 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.