Using lean principles to improve electronic assembly: meeting & tour

March 24, 2020 | 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Non-Member Fee: $49
Member Fee: $49
Student Member Fee: $25


89 Commercial Blvd
Torrington, Connecticut

Altek Electronics AME EventOver the past few years, Altek Electronics has adopted a lean approach to improving operations. Customer expectations and Altek’s growth aspirations have resulted in the need to improve flow as well as capacity. Participants will be able to engage with frontline employees to see and hear some of the improvements that have been made, as well as ask questions to understand the gradual change that is necessary to adopt a change culture.


Altek Electronics is a contract manufactAltek Electronics AME eventsurer that provides PCB and mechanical assembly solutions to OEM’s in high-reliability markets. Founded in 1972, the family owned and operated business has been doing this for over four decades while maintaining the highest quality and on-time delivery standards. Customers see Altek Electronics as an integral part of their success with the necessary technology and expertise to provide critical elements for their finished product. Currently, the company operates with 190 employees and runs two shifts.

Altek works at every stage of its customers' product life-cycle, from initial designs to quick turn prototypes through full production runs on a turnkey or consignment basis. 

  • PBC assembly (surface mount, through-hole, high voltage)
  • Box build assembly & system integration
  • Wire & cable harness
  • Engineering xxpertise on site initial design or DFM review
  • Testing/Inspection (3D AOI, flying probe, X-ray, burn-in, functional & in-circuit test)

Altex Electronics certifications include: AS9100D (including all aspects of ISO9001:2015), ITAR registered, IPC-610 / J-STD certified soldering, IPC-620 certified cable/harness.


Dennis Mailes Altek ElectronicsDennis Mailes is director of operations for Altek Electronics. He joined Altek Electronics in July 2019, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in lean manufacturing, production, quality management, regulatory compliance and business excellence. As director of operations, he integrates Altek’s mission of customer satisfaction and creative solutions within the company's manufacturing process and workforce -- all while developing leaders, managing to key performance indicators and personal accountability. Mailes held many positions during his 17-year career at Dyno Nobel, including most recently site manager in Carthage, Mo., where he managed multiple production plants and several distinct product lines in the explosive manufacturing industry. Prior to this he held positions in production management, continuous improvement management, safety and regulatory, laboratory management and quality control. Maile holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and mathematics with a minor in business, and has been recognized as a global operations leader for implementation of TRACC, a value chain improvement solution with emphasis in successful application of the daily management system.

Tim Suydam - Altek ElectronicsTim Suydam is director of continuous improvement for Altek Electronics, which he joined in June 2018. In his current role, he provides leadership, training, and hands-on support in the implementation of lean principles and practices. Prior to Altek, he was a senior business system architect at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he provided leadership and mentoring to support the deployment of the Liberty Management System. Prior experience includes vice president of business excellence at Dyno Nobel, with responsibility for implementation of the lean management system at 15 plants in four countries, and VP of manufacturing with a multi-plant/country span of responsibility, also at Dyno Nobel. Suydam holds a lifetime Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) as well as a lifetime Purchasing Management Certification (C.P.M.), and is a long tenured member of the Shingo Prize board of examiners.

  • Safety share, introductions
  • Altek overview
  • Strategy deployment
  • Setting production goals
  • Tour
    • Daily management system
    • Real-time visual production scheduling
    • Set up time reduction initiative
    • Root cause problem solving

Participants will see that continuous improvement is a mix of daily incremental improvement as well as larger events. This event will help participants understand how to overcome the challenge of getting everyone engaged in the efforts, while recognizing them for successes. 


Operations personnel, including managers and supervisors. Plus, frontline employees will benefit greatly from attending.


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.

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