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Kanban for Everyone

  • Friday, June 15, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 715 W Ellsworth Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • 18

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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.

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