Upcoming events

    • Friday, September 22, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Hayes Manufacturing, Inc. 6875 U.S. Highway 131 Fife Lake, MI 49633
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    • Quick introduction / overview of their company and the history of their lean journey
    • Tour of the plant and office so people can observe the 5s and Kanban, poke-yoke and visual management
    • Back to the conference room for plusses and deltas and Q and As!
    Speaker Bio: 

    Jeff Miller has worked for Hayes Manufacturing since 2008 and has been the Quality Manager since 2009. He is an integral part of a team focused on expanding upon the company’s success in the power transmission component market.

    Jeff was the driving force behind the implementation of Lean practices throughout the company. He championed the lean approach to address multiple problems the company was experiencing: excessive WIP/inventory/batching, long setup times, late deliveries, customer complaints, scrap and inefficiency. In 2013, Jeff was trained as a Lean “Champion” and started working with Management to change the culture of the company.

    Jeff was an early proponent of transiting to cellular, one-piece flow manufacturing. By using Lean analysis tools, he was able to demonstrate to Management that it would be possible to take one of the product lines from an 18-day lead time to five days. Because of his insight and the company’s drive for continual improvement, the same product is currently manufactured in five hours.

    Today, lean principles can be observed throughout the company. There are many examples of vertical and visual scheduling and metrics, Kanban, 5S and Poke Yoke. By deploying Lean, Hayes Manufacturing has been able to thrive in a very competitive world-wide market.

    • Friday, September 22, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sparrow Health Science Pavilion 2900 Hannah Boulevard East Lansing, MI 48823
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    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  
    Time for sessions 1-4 is 
    8:30am – 4:30pm, Testing Day Time TBD. 
    NOTE: Membership fee is $90 and if you become a member today or by the event you only pay the member registration fee of $60 for this event.
    • Thursday, October 05, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Amway, 7575 Fulton Street East Ada, MI 49355
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    To share our experience and learn from others Amway will host a Michigan Lean Consortium Lean education event on Thursday, October 5th. The topic is “How to develop and sustain the use of visual management systems in knowledge based work.” This session would include a short presentation on why Amway decided to pursue Visual Management, high-level approach, multiple ‘go sees’ of active VMS boards in the office area (ITM and others) and end with a discussion on skill building and sustainability.

    Learning Objectives: (At the end of the session participants will be able to…)

    • List 3 benefits teams achieve when using VMS and the behaviors that support them
    • Describe the two underlying concepts that support VMS – The Visual Management Triangle and Make Work Visible, Problems Visible and Solve Problems
    • Explain Amway’s program for developing skilled coaches and sustaining VMS

    • Friday, November 03, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sparrow Health Science Pavilion 2900 Hannah Boulevard East Lansing, MI 48823
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    You are responsible for paying for your own test fee. Refer to the SME Bronze webpage for current pricing. Click here
    Test Time TBD!

    If you have any questions please call Jerry Browne at 517-364-2531.  

Past events

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 7th Annual Conference - Achieving True North: Lead-Engage-Accelerate-Now
Friday, July 21, 2017 An Inside Look at Truven Health Lean Events
Friday, July 21, 2017 Lean 103
Friday, May 19, 2017 2017 Annual Healthcare Symposium
Thursday, May 18, 2017 “Using Value Stream Mapping in Idealized Design” - Event with ASQ
Friday, May 05, 2017 Lean 102
Friday, March 24, 2017 2nd Michigan Kata Practitioner Day
Friday, March 10, 2017 Lean 101
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Toyota Kata Course
Friday, February 17, 2017 Part 1 of 3 Part Series: Simulation at Built Systems LLC
Friday, January 27, 2017 Gemba Walk at Menlo Innovations
Friday, December 02, 2016 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 02, 2016 Year End Event: “This Year's Challenge Condition and What I Learned”
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Joint Venture with ASQ Detroit: “ReThink” Continuous Improvement Curriculum 1 Day Training
Friday, October 14, 2016 Lean Law Journey at Orlans Group
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 6th Annual Conference - Lean 3.0: The Next Frontier
Thursday, June 16, 2016 The 1st Michigan Kata Practitioner Day
Friday, June 10, 2016 DTE Educational Learning Event
Friday, May 20, 2016 2016 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean and High Reliability
Friday, April 22, 2016 Grand Rapids Fire Department Gemba Walk
Friday, April 01, 2016 Speak So They Listen
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Pettibone Traverse Lift Gemba Event
Friday, December 04, 2015 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 04, 2015 End of Year Event - Lean Journeys
Friday, October 23, 2015 Herman Miller Healthcare Lean Learning
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Joint Event with ASQ - Red Bead Experiment Redux
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 How to Assess the Maturity of your Lean Organization
Monday, October 05, 2015 The Mechanics of Lean Deployment
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5th Annual Conference - Transforming The Future NOW
Thursday, June 18, 2015 MLC Young Professionals Group Meetup
Friday, June 12, 2015 Improvement Kata Fast Start
Friday, May 15, 2015 TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) workshop
Monday, May 04, 2015 2015 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Navigating the Whitewater of Healthcare
Friday, March 27, 2015 Value Stream Mapping
Friday, March 06, 2015 Lean Assessments
Friday, February 27, 2015 How to Stop Whack A Mole Safety Management
Friday, January 16, 2015 Tauber Institute Operations Leadership Factory at the University of Michigan
Friday, December 05, 2014 Year End After Event Networking Reception
Friday, December 05, 2014 The Herman Miller Performance System, The Story of Herman Miller's Lean Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way and After Event Networking
Friday, November 21, 2014 Value Stream Mapping
Friday, November 07, 2014 Lean 103
Friday, October 10, 2014 2014 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean Strategies in Transforming Patient Care
Friday, September 26, 2014 Lean 102
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Lean 103
Thursday, August 07, 2014 4th Annual Conference: "People: The Heart of Lean"
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Lean 102
Friday, May 02, 2014 Improvement Kata Fast Start
Friday, April 04, 2014 The History of Deming, Quality and Synergies to Lean – With The Red Bead Experiment
Friday, March 28, 2014 Lean 101
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 GEMBA Walk at Zingerman's Mail Order
Friday, February 28, 2014 Integrated Task Assessment: A Tool to Improve Health Care Performance
Friday, January 24, 2014 From Vision to World-Class Business: Living the Principles, Using the Tools at DragonMead Brewery
Friday, December 06, 2013 End of Year Event and Networking Reception
Friday, November 15, 2013 Lean 103
Friday, October 25, 2013 The 2013 Healthcare Symposium
Friday, September 27, 2013 Lean 102
Friday, September 20, 2013 Train the Trainer featuring Amelia Brown
Thursday, August 08, 2013 3rd Annual Conference: "Lean: Past, Present & Future"
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Lean 101
Friday, April 19, 2013 Managing for Sustainment - Creating a Lean Management System and Leader Standard Work
Friday, March 22, 2013 Change Management: What Is It and How to Do It Well!
Friday, February 08, 2013 Organizational Pit Stop: Get a Tune-Up and a Clean Windshield by Grand Rapids Fire Department
Friday, January 25, 2013 Benchmarking Visit to Spectrum Health Systems
Friday, December 07, 2012 "Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture" & Networking Event featuring Tom Shuker
Friday, November 02, 2012 Micron Manufacturing Benchmarking Event featuring Dan Vermeesch
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Lean Operational Excellence Simulation
Friday, October 05, 2012 Health Care Summit
Friday, September 14, 2012 "Kaizen for Beginners" featuring Amy Long
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