Visual management workshop & plant tour

July 12, 2017 | 8:00 am to July 13, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $395
Student Member Fee: $150
Non-Member Fee: $595


Sekisui Diagnostics
6659 Top Gun Street
San Diego, California

Is there lack of understanding in your organization of what needs to be done when? Do you wonder how your organization is doing or what steps to take next? Every organization can benefit from learning and applying visual management. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn visual management techniques and have the opportunity to apply what they learn to improve the visual management of a product line. 


Sekisui Diagnostics  is a global diagnostics company committed to improving patient’s lives by providing innovative medical diagnostics to physicians and laboratories through a global commercial network. Product lines include clinical chemistry and coagulation systems, reagents, infectious disease testing and rapid test kits, as well as enzymes and specialty bio-chemicals.


Steve Ebbing has more than 25 years of experience in business performance improvement and operational excellence. He is president of the Ebbing Group, LLC, a full-service mid-market merger and acquisition advisory firm, and has expertise in engineering, engineering management and operations management. Ebbing has implemented Lean Six Sigma in aerospace, medical device organizations, hospitals, hospital pharmacies and other manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies, and has led lean transformations for a number of sites. He is currently a volunteer for Tech San Diego’s Manufacturing Operations Roundtable program and a member of Western Region Board of Directors for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). Ebbing is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.


Ken Rolfes is a management advisor, past corporate officer, senior operations executive and Shingo award winning author recognized for contributing to lean as a business strategy for companies to differentiate themselves to their customers and drive profitable growth. He is president of KDR Associates, a member of Western Region Board of Directors for AME and leads the San Diego Business Improvement Consortium. Rolfes has spent more than 40 years in public and private companies that design, manufacture and market technically based products for the medical device, industrial product and computer industries. He has extensive lean enterprise experience in general management, new product development, cost management systems, turnarounds, acquisitions and divestitures, and various financial transactions including IPO, private equity and venture capital financing. 


Day 1
7:30 a.m.   -   8:00 a.m.       Registration and light breakfast
8:00 a.m.   -   8:30 a.m.       Introductions
8:30 a.m.   -   9:00 a.m.       Welcome to Sekisui Diagnostics
9:00 a.m.   -   9:15 a.m.       Break
9:15 a.m.   - 10:15 a.m.       Basic review of wastes, 5S, PDCA
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       Visual controls: The basics
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.       Tour strep a line
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.       Lunch
1:00 p.m.   -   2:00 p.m.       Team activity #1: Observe and establish current state score
2:00 p.m.   -   2:15 p.m.       Afternoon break
2:15 p.m.   -   2:45 p.m.       Team prepare report outs for recommended visuals
2:45 p.m.   -   3:45 p.m.       Team report outs
3:45 p.m.   -   4:30 p.m.       Day 1 summary
5:30 p.m.   -   7:30 p.m.       Optional networking social at green flash brewery

Day 2
7:30 a.m.   -   8:00 a.m.        Light breakfast
8:00 a.m.   -   8:30 a.m.        Reflect on Day 1activities
8:30 a.m.   -   9:00 a.m.        Team assigned visuals to implement
9:00 a.m.   - 12:00 p.m.        Team Activity #2: Implement visuals
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.        Lunch
1:00 p.m.   -   2:00 p.m.        Team Activity #3: Teams score strep a line with improvements
2:00 p.m.   -   3:30 p.m.        Team report outs (new score, new visual rating, additional recommendations & what will they implement in their home site)
3:30 p.m.   -   4:00 p.m.        Learning objectives review / Day 2 summary
4:00 p.m.                                Evaluation & close


  • Learn visual management tools and techniques.
  • Learn how to evaluate visuals. 
  • Gain hands on experience implementing visual management in a manufacturing environment working with site personnel.  
  • Operational executives
  • Operational leadership & staff
  • Lean leaders
  • Quality leaders

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 cancelled 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.