• Friday, September 27, 2013
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • ABB Inc. 1250 Brown Rd Auburn Hills, MI 48326
  • 18


“Implementing Lean" – The next class in the series expands the scope of the Lean Leader to the Value Stream level. More advanced Lean tools will be taught to support Value Stream wide improvement.  
Students will walk away with an understanding of what a Value Stream is, how to map it and some of the advanced countermeasure tools used to improve performance 
Value Stream Mapping, Kanban, SMED, Heijunka, Visual Management, One Piece Flow, Facility Assessments, Facilitation.
Target Audience: Anyone who has been practicing Lean for some length of time and is looking to enhance their skill set and share their best practices and lessons learned.  
For the past 8 years, Dave Kippen has served as a Lean leader, coach and educational instructor. He currently works at Milsco Manufacturing in Jackson, MI. Dave’s passion is to aid in the development of leadership and growth throughout all levels of the organization. During this time, Dave has successfully coached more than 250 people through Lean 101 classes, 20 Leaders through Lean 201 classes and facilitated well over 100 Kaizen events throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Dave is Bronze certified through the SME/AME/Shingo Prize/ASQ Partnership. For more information, please connect with him via his LinkedIn profile or at davekippen@yahoo.com.
Howard Weston currently serves as Managing Director and Lean Implementation & Continuous Improvement Coach at KWA North.  Prior to joining Ken Wantuck Associates (KWA, Inc.), he spent    15 years in industry holding leadership positions in manufacturing, materials, engineering, finance and project management while guiding LEAN transformation initiatives.  He has led lean implementation project teams as a coach, mentor, trainer and life-long lean student with numerous fortune 500 companies including Parker Hannifin where, as a contract service provider and certified Lean Sensei, he facilitated implementation initiatives throughout North America, Mexico, Europe and Asia while training and mentoring team members in their development as Lean Leaders and Certified Trainers.  He has also collaborated on the lean transformation journey with many privately held companies, including Cincinnati Mine Machinery, Midmark Medical Products & Hollaender Manufacturing where he served for seven years as a member of their Board of Directors.     
Howard completed his formal education in business administration with post-graduate studies in industrial engineering and began studying the Toyota Production System in the early 1980’s, and is honored to have been mentored by several TPS masters including Mr. Taiichi Ohno and Mr. Shigeo Shingo.  In addition to having been a speaker at several national professional association conferences, Howard has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton, Center for Competitive Change, the University of Windsor and the University of Kentucky Lean Manufacturing Program.     
Howard is a member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) where he currently serves on the Executive Board for Chapter One.  He is also a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), American Society for Quality (ASQ), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Association of Operations Management (APICS-CPIM) and serves on the Event and Project Committees with the Michigan Lean Consortium having received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. 

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