Toyota cellular design workshop

May 2, 2019 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Student Member Fee: $95
Member Fee: $145
Non-Member Fee: $195


DJO Global Vista Manufacturing Center
3151 Scott St.
Vista, California

Join us for a one-day workshop at DJO Global's Vista Manufacturing Center.

You'll learn how to utilize Toyota's cellular design principles to create one-item flow production cells. Toyota has been using this method for decades to make the most efficient use of their teams in producing subassemblies and finished products. Learn the key elements to make work flow and reduce waste in your lines or cells. You'll walk through multiple cells at DJO Global that employ this design method and see it in action.


DJO Global, Inc.

DJO Global, Inc. is a medical device company that produces a variety of orthopedic products for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy. The company was acquired by Colfax Corporation for $3.15 billion in November 2018. DJO has annual revenues of $1.2 billion and sells its products in 43 countries around the world. DJO Global's Vista Manufacturing Center is a previous recipient of the Shingo Prize, IndustryWeek's Top Ten Best Plants in North America and a mulitple AME Excellence Awards. Learn more at


8:00 a.m.   -   8:15 a.m.    Welcome
8:15 a.m.   -   8:45 a.m.    DJO/VMC overview (Marta)
8:45 a.m.   - 10:00 a.m.    Site tour of VMC
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.    Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.    Cellular design/perfect hour (Jerry)
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Lunch
12:30 p.m. -   1:30 p.m.    Metrics/perfect hour
1:30 p.m.   -   2:15 p.m.    Line balance charts by teams
2:15 p.m.   -   2:30 p.m.    Break
2:30 p.m.   -   3:30 p.m.    Complete cellular design training (Jerry)
3:30 p.m.   -   4:00 p.m.    Wrap-up & feedback


WrightJerry M. Wright

Jerry is currently CEO and President of LEANwRIGHT, Inc., a lean consulting and training services company. He serves on the West Region Board for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). From 2008-2015, he was the lead instructor for the UC San Diego Lean Enterprise Certification Program. He is a current Shingo Prize and AME Excellence Award Examiner, and for last 18 years, he has been the chair of the Southern California Lean Network, an association of 125 companies across Southern California that share best practices in enterprise excellence. Jerry holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California and the holder of one U.S. patent. He is a Master Black Belt, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and he is Lean Gold Certified. In addition, he was a contributing author to the "Lean Handbook," and is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences.

  • Learn how to design a lean, one-piece flow cell.
  • Network with your lean community and develop contacts for benchmarking and best practice sharing. 
  • Earn self-development hours toward lean certification or re-certification.
  • Engineers
  • Quality associates
  • Production supervisors
  • 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.

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.