IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015
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Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops offer in-depth, skill-building tools and focus on the topics that you will require for career advancement and professional development. Enhance your learning experience and maximize your networking opportunities by attending one of our pre-conference workshops.

  • Continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) are available.
  • Advance registration accompanied by the additional registration fee is required to reserve a pre-conference workshop seat.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Total Supply Chain & Systems Thinking

Brad Bossence, regional vice president, LeanCor Supply Chain Group

Taichi Ohno, the famous pioneer of the Toyota Production System, says, “All we are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point at which we collect the cash. And we are reducing the timeline by reducing the non-value-adding wastes.” The true focus, therefore, is lead-time reduction. This is a unique workshop that will drive creative thinking outside of traditional engineering approaches. Participants will be challenged with case study scenarios for utilizing lean Six Sigma principles to engineering lean supply chains, with the goal of minimizing the total cost of fulfillment. This workshop will be focused around implementing material flow stability through "pull and flow" concepts, supermarket systems development as well as practical operational processes for material flow stability.   

Course topics will include:  

  • Lean chain guiding principles
  • Extended value stream mapping - supply chain current state
  • Moving from push to pull
  • Resource allocation
  • Supermarket design
  • Lean supplier management and collaboration
  • Inbound and outbound logistics

Case Study Review: End-to-end supply chain design and execution

Brad Bossence is regional vice president for LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Founded in 2005, LeanCor is a trusted supply chain partner that delivers operational improvement and measurable financial results. Unlike other third-party logistics providers, LeanCor offers a unique combination of third-party logistics services, hands-on consulting, and training and education.  

Bossence has more than 17 years of logistics operations and manufacturing experience with a specific focus in Japanese production system environments such as Toyota USA, Toyota Canada, Toyota Europe, Kubota, Yamaha, Suzuki, Subaru and Honda. As regional vice president for LeanCor Supply Chain Group, Bossence’s responsibilities have included the vision, leadership and execution of various extensive supply chain improvement and lean deployment initiatives. He also is a senior instructor at the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. 

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rapid Process Improvement with Object-Oriented Simulation 

David T. Sturrock, co-founder and vice president, Simio LLC  

This one-day course provides a fast start to using simulation, rapid modeling and 3-D animation capability to solve real problems effectively. We start with a brief overview of simulation technology, its appropriate use and a modeling framework. Then we use a predefined object library to solve a variety of problems exploring the ease-of-use and power of objects. Next we learn how objects can interact to provide improved model accuracy and flexibility. We end with an overview of ways to represent and work with model input data and interpret simulation results. The day will be peppered with anecdotes and success tips from a 30-year veteran in simulation. Course includes a free copy of the book Process Improvement Principles: A Concise Guide for Managers (a $30 value). Bring your laptop to get hands-on experience with the trial version of a leading simulation software product.

This course is appropriate for industrial engineers and process analysts looking to learn or refresh their simulation skills, for educators looking to integrate simulation into their instruction, and for managers and others who would like to understand the technology better. This course also is recommended for those who may use simulation infrequently or who desire a lighter command of simulation technology. 

David T. Sturrock is co-founder and vice president of operations for Simio LLC. He is responsible for development and services for Simio simulation and scheduling products. In that role, he not only manages new product development, but also teaches frequent commercial courses and manages a variety of consulting projects. He also teaches simulation classes as a field faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. With over 30 years of experience, he has applied simulation techniques in the areas of manufacturing, transportation systems, scheduling, high-speed processing, plant layout, business processes, call centers, capacity analysis, process design, healthcare, plant commissioning and real-time control. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from The Pennsylvania State University with concentrations in manufacturing and automation.