Les brings over 40 years of experience in international process improvement, manufacturing, and operations. He is a recognized Toyota Production System specialist who has implemented successful transformation methodologies within the package printing/converting, beverage, warehousing, plastics, and automotive industries. Les has been involved with and led teams that implemented state-of-the-art, world-class manufacturing facilities. He was responsible for several major installations that consistently outperform comparative processes two to five fold. Recent development in digital print and conversion has brought about several digital installations, together with full development of a first all-digital print and cut facility in Santiago, Chile. Les has gathered and shared best practices from three continents—Europe, Australia, and the Americas.
Powerful Tools for Expanding Your Lean Implementation
Drawing from advanced Lean manufacturing techniques typically seen in the automotive and aerospace industries, Les will reveal how to use some of those same techniques and solutions in the world of printing and converting. He will discuss how a handful of package converters have constructed and are using Obeya (war) rooms, to promote collaboration, problem solving, and continuous improvement. The rooms use a variety of visual communication tools to give managers and supervisors a clear understanding of what is currently happening and what steps are being taken to become better. Also being explored will be the method of using KamishiBai Cards (story cards), a Lean technique for auditing and checking processes. Les will share some of the best practices he has discovered while working with sophisticated converters across three continents and 17 countries, all in packaging. Even advanced companies will able to take away some new ideas.