manufacturing was born in Detroit with Henry Ford's experiments
at Highland Park 90 years ago. Fifty years later Toyota developed
Ford's system into the principles and practices of the Toyota Production
System, or Lean Production. This year's Lean Manufacturing Conference
will explore how many of the concepts of Lean Production actually
began in Detroit, were lost along the way, and are now finding their
way back home.
Tenth Anniversary coincides with Ford's 100th Anniversary. For this
special conference, we will take an inside look at Ford's remarkable
transformation of the River Rouge site, including the inaugural
tour of the new Dearborn Truck Plant, where Ford has taken the icon
of 20th Century mass production and turned it into a model for 21st
Century sustainable environment lean manufacturing. This special
tour will be led by the lean experts who designed this state-of-the-art
plant. Throughout the conference there will be sessions dedicated
to detailing the lean processes and approach to developing Ford’s
newest plant in North America.
Tenth Anniversary conference will be headlined by Ford North America’s
President Jim Padilla, Jim Womack presenting his hard-hitting, yet
entertaining, analysis of lean trends, John Shook bringing us up-to-date
on the spread of Lean from Toyota to manufacturing operations globally,
and Jeffrey Liker whose new book, The Toyota Way, is the first in-depth
examination of the culture behind Toyota’s success.
the conference will focus on education in state-of- the-art lean
tools and implementation approaches. You will learn about pull systems,
heijunka, creating flow in mixed-product value streams, lean supply
chain management, lean product development, designing new production
lines for lean, the lean office, and more. We will also look at
other developments in the advancement of lean production close to
home. General Motors’ Lansing Grand River plant has overtaken many
of the best Japanese-owned operations in quality and productivity
-- whether located here in North America or in Japan.
us at this tenth annual lean forum presented by a leader in lean
education, the University of Michigan.
Fax: (734) 763-0686
May 10th 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
May 11th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 12th 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
May 13th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cancellations & Substitutions: You will
receive confirmation by email or fax. To be eligible for a full
refund of fees, notice of cancellation must be received in writing
by March 31, 2004. Cancellations received April 6–April 20 will
be charged a $50 handling fee; cancellations received April 21–April
30 will be charged 25% of the registration fee. Registrants who
cancel on or after May 1 or who fail to attend will be charged the
full amount. Substitutions may be made at any time.