Pull Systems with Lean Expert Mike Osterling; Thursday, April 28, 2016

Please join APICS San Gabriel Valley on Thursday, April 28, 2016, for a Professional Development Meeting (PDM) on Pull Systems with lean expert Mike Osterling.

Pull systems surround us – as simple as the morning delivery of bread to the corner market, and as complex as releasing airplanes for takeoff based on available time slots at the destination airport. In manufacturing environments many of us have seen success with simple pull systems (Vendor Managed Inventory for hardware, or kanban systems for standard part) – and many of us have struggled.

Come to this month’s PDM to hear and see examples of kanban systems, FIFO Lanes and pull in administrative environments. Take part in the conversation where we will discuss challenges with implementation and factors of success. See practical and proven approaches to putting in place pull systems in high-mix and job-shop operations.

Presentation objectives:
• Cover the 3 basic types of pull systems: Kanban, FIFO Lanes and VMI
• See their application for purchased parts, sub-assemblies, and work-in-process
• Discuss guidelines for when to use each of the different approaches
• Facilitated dialogue to discuss implementation issues
• Learn some of the common factors of success

Mike’s presentations are always highly interactive and filled with real-world examples, so put it on your calendar and join us for dinner and a stimulating evening!

*Kanban is a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time manufacturing.
*FIFO – first in, first out manufacturing material flow
*VMI is vendor-managed inventory

About Mike Osterling

M. Osterling

Mike Osterling

Value Stream Mapping by Karen Martin and Mike Osterling

The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service, and Technical Environments

Mike Osterling is a facilitator, coach, speaker and author. With more than 25 years of leadership experience, he has played a pivotal role in leading transformations in industries such as aerospace, auto, consumer goods, medical products, oil production and construction.

Prior to consulting he played a key role in the transformation at a number of Schnieder Electric’s facilities. A founder of San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Certificate Program in 1999, he continues to teach there as well as at other universities. Fluent in Spanish, Mike earned his MBA in International Business and a BS in Production and Operations Management. He’s a Certified Trainer for the Implementation of Lean Manufacturing, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is CPIM certified through APICS.

Mike coauthored the Shingo-prize winning book Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work Flow and Align People for Organizational Transformation. He also co-wrote The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service. As a consultant Mike has supported companies in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia on their Lean Journey.

See Mike’s books on Amazon.


When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:00 PM Registration
5:30 – 7:00 PM Business networking and dinner
7:00 – 8:30 PM Kanban Presentation
8:30 – 8:45 PM Close of meeting/wrap-up

Location: Domenico’s Italian Restaurant (upstairs)
236 W. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91006

The fee for this PDM includes dinner (a buffet with pizza, pasta, salad and beverage). Alternative menu items and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. You do not need to be an APICS member to attend.

APICS members:  $20.00
APICS Non-Members: $25.00
APICS Students (public or onsite classes): $10.00

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