Rockwell Automation 
Intermediate level
Value Stream 5 Sustainability

Continuous improvement needs continuous improvement

Thursday, Oct. 22 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am Room 205, 2nd floor ThP/41

Ensure sustainability in the global marketplace

Be inspired by Rockwell Automation’s strategies for ensuring CI sustainability in the global marketplace; focus on the importance of cultural shift/transformation; gain five keys to CI sustainability, ranging from leadership and buy-in through a cross-functional CI council to constancy of purpose and translating the voice of the customer into actionable changes.


Hear about crucial strategies for successfully creating a viable continuous improvement (CI) culture. Realize the importance of cultural shift as you hear about Rockwell Automation’s five keys to CI sustainability: leadership and buy-in through the influence of a cross-functional CI council; mass to lean thinking (aligning the structure of people, who drive corporate improvements); solving various problems at all levels through different strategies and letting the tools work for you; developing a long-term strategy, or constancy of purpose; and listening to the voice of the customer and translating it into actionable changes—capturing internal and external customers. Understand how these approaches led to the success of Rockwell Automation’s sustainable CI culture in the global marketplace.


Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, its Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software ®product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence. Rockwell Automation is a $6.62 billion company employing 22,500 people in more than 80 countries. The company was named seven times to the Ethisphere Institute World’s Most Ethical Companies list.

Speaker: R. Sean Praetzel

R. Sean Praetzel, the leader of global quality management systems and lean six sigma at Rockwell Automation, has 25 years’ experience in automotive and industrial automation. Praetzel has an M.B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified master black belt from Ford Motor Company. He was responsible for launching the Rockwell Production System (RPS) at 20 manufacturing sites. Praetzel drives Rockwell’s lean six sigma strategy across nearly a dozen product lines, with leadtime improvement averaging 30 percent.