LEAN FINISHING - 2013 Midwest Coatings Seminar

Lean for Manufacturing

Annual Midwest Coating Seminar

Underwritten by IntelliFinishing


August 8, 2013 at the Courtyard Marriott

3020 Riffel Drive

Salina, KS 67401


(Google Map)


Register by calling 888-886-6363 x197 or Register Here. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot today!


Session 1:  Lean as a Growth Strategy

(Yes, even paint lines can be included in a lean implementation)

Presented by:  Brad Muir and Gary Conner of Technical Change Associates (www.technicalchange.com


Learn the tools and techniques of successful lean implementations for manufacturers from the experts at Technical Change Associates, Brad Muir and Gary Conner.


Brad Muir and Gary Conner together have more than 40 years of experience working with companies as they adopt the Toyota Production System as a waste reduction and quality improvement  strategy. Review lean terms, techniques, and hear case histories...and discover how others have used LEAN to strategically grow and improve their business. (Gary is the author of a number of books including Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop and Catapult the Cow. He also has a number of articles in The Fabricator.)  



Session 2

Option 1:  Improve Communication by Removing Waste

Presented by:  Dan Stutterheim, CEO of Kasa Companies


Lean.  In manufacturing, it means reducing waste, specifying value from your customer’s perspective, and allowing it to flow.  Can you apply these Lean Principles to the way your organization communicates? Absolutely. Long emails will be reduced to sentences.  You can communicate your vision, your plan, and your instructions in a way that everyone understands the message and acts upon it appropriately.  Reducing waste in communication is based upon learning the six personality types and a new concept of communicating called the Process Communication Model (PCM)®.  Applying these concepts will lead toward a trusting and efficient workplace where everybody understands the intent of your message and acts upon it appropriately.


Option 2:  Improve Production Line Gaps with Controls & Conveyor Technologies

Presented by:  David Underhill of IntelliFinishing


Understand the causes and ramifications of line gaps and how new technologies are addressing the problem.   Line gaps result in:

    • overall reduced line speed and associated production throughput
    • quality issues as a result of rushed or incomplete individual process activities
    • increased labor costs incurred by operators unproductively waiting on the delivery of parts
    • inventory problems related to excessively large numbers of parts loaded at any one time

New advancements in conveyor technology address these issues by enabling each, higher density, racked load-bar to move at variable speeds throughout the system.  In this way individual and varying processes can be allocated sufficient time for successful completion without decreasing productivity.  These new methods open a host of options and capabilities in system design and productivity. 




12:30 – 1:00pm:    Registration


1:00 – 3:00pm:       Lean as a Growth Strategy


3:00 – 3:15pm:       Break


3:15 –4:15pm:        Lean as a Growth Strategy, Continued


4:15 – 4:30pm:       Break


4:30 –5:15pm:        Option 1:  Improve Communication by Removing Waste

4:30 –5:15pm:        Option 2:  Improve Production Line Gaps with Controls & Conveyor Technologies


5:15 – 5:30pm:       Q&A Session – Networking


6:00 - 8:00pm:        IntelliFinishing Open house with Adult beverages and BBQ


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Courtyard Marriott