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    • Friday, June 15, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 715 W Ellsworth Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    • 27

    Program Title / Synopsis: In this 4-hour session, we will show how Kanban is used in the classic style - with cards for production orders and for inventory withdrawal. We will show out how to calculate inventory levels and the number of Kanban necessary for different types of products. We will do all of this at the Leon Speakers factory in Ann Arbor, where we have recently been deploying our own Kanban system. The session will be hands-on and requires no previous knowledge of Kanban, inventory, or Lean practices.

    Program Learner/Participant Objectives: See how Kanban can be applied in a low-volume, high-mix manufacturing environment using minimal investment. Calculate inventory reorder points and quantities then apply these to setting Kanban quantities. Discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing Kanban systems.

    Targeted Audience: Anyone with an interest in using Kanban to help manage production schedules and inventory levels.

    Matt Potoff is the Director of Operations at Leon Speakers. He brings extensive experience in the field of Lean operations to the team at Leon. He started his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil in 1996. After attending graduate school, he joined the team at Leon in 2009 as an independent consultant while also teaching Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan. Matt was recruited to the University of Michigan full-time in 2011 to develop and teach professional development classes on Lean Leadership through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. He has worked on projects with a wide variety of companies including Boeing, Ford, BorgWarner, ConAgra, General Mills, IDEX, and Raytheon.

    Matt returned to Leon in 2016 to take the role of Director of Operations. His goal is to help Leon become the exemplar of manufacturing in a high-mix, custom environment. He is constantly striving to improve the capabilities of the Leon production team, allowing them to provide the highest quality products to its customers in the shortest amount of time.

    Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rice University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business.

    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • 7432 Parson's Drive Dimondale, MI 48821 State Secondary Complex
    • 56

    A tour of the State of Michigan Secondary Complex Energy Center with a Q & A session afterword. 

    The State of Michigan Secondary Complex in Dimondale is a 13-building campus comprised of the state's police academy, police post, test and research labs, office space, warehouses, vehicle maintenance service garages and more. The facility's original energy center was constructed in 1975 and featured electric chillers and gas-fired boilers. Since the original installation of the energy center, buildings within the complex have undergone renovations, additions and changes in functions, greatly improving the efficiency of heating and cooling operations. Energy consumption used for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) was identified as a significant part of the complex's operating budget.

    This Gemba Walk through the Energy Center shows the results of the 2012 renovation and includes a Q&A session with facility supervisor, Scott Davis. Don’t miss this opportunity!


    Scott Davis has more than 20 years of experience in construction and facility maintenance and operations and is Building Operator Certified. He has worked for the State of Michigan Building Operations Division since 2002. Currently, he is the Facilities Supervisor over six facilities at the State Secondary Complex, including the Energy Center which generates chilled water, electricity and steam and distributes these along with domestic water to the entire complex of 13 facilities totaling 2.5 million square feet. Scott oversees a team of skilled trades, half of whom take the raw materials and produce the usable energy that is distributed to the facilities while the other half focus on maintaining safe and efficient environments, ensuring a high level of customer service to tenants.

    Heath Miller is the Building Trades Supervisor over the Energy Center and tunnel distribution systems covering more than two miles at the State of Michigan secondary Complex. Heath worked in the private sector for several years and joined the Building Operations Division in 2011. He maintains a mechanical license, a refrigeration license and a Building Operator Certification and has over 15 years of experience in the HVAC field. He leads innovative programs and has a skilled crew of mechanics, power plant operators, and one electrician to guarantee the complex’s on-site energy generation is flexible and functioning at peak efficiency, mitigating our operating costs and maximizing returns.

    Energy Center: 

    Visitor and ADA accessible parking is available at the northwest building entrance.

    • Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 4:45 PM
    • Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College 715 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686
    • 190

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Past events

Friday, May 25, 2018 Lean at a Horse Farm
Friday, May 18, 2018 2018 Annual Healthcare Symposium: Lean: A Safer Tomorrow
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Event with ASQ
Friday, May 04, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Friday, April 27, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Traverse City
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Troy
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Lean Do It Yourself (DIY) Toolkit Training
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Coaching Kata for Continuous Improvement
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Webinar on Decision Bias
Friday, March 23, 2018 Webinar with IBM Watson Health
Friday, March 23, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 City of Grand Rapids Presents A3 & Lean for Management
Friday, March 16, 2018 Lean Sustainability Focus Tour at Bell's Brewery
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Grand Rapids
Friday, March 02, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Oakland University
Friday, February 23, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Burton
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Change Leadership Event at DTE Energy
Friday, February 16, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Southfield
Friday, February 16, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Friday, January 19, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Brighton
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Lean Coffee Chat Ann Arbor
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Coaching Kata for Continuous Improvement
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Lean Into the New Year - A 12 month Plan Webinar with Kathy Malone
Friday, December 01, 2017 Year End Event & Networking Reception
Friday, November 17, 2017 Bronze Prep Exam
Friday, October 27, 2017 Healthcare Kata
Friday, October 06, 2017 Lean Application
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Amway VMS Learning Event
Friday, September 22, 2017 Lean Story at Hayes Manufacturing
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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