The Search for Manufacturing Excellence

Tour America 98 was hosted by the
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
and facilitated by Scott Olson, past regional president AME

The "Pockets of Excellence" that we focused on for Tour of America '98 are the following:

  1. Driving Manufacturing Improvements (JIT, cells, set-up reductions, etc.)
  2. Increasing Employee Value
  3. Improving Customer Relations (customer focus/satisfaction, market focus)
  4. Enhancing Supply Chain Management
  5. Integrating Information Technology/management (includes Internet)

Tour of America '98 Host Companies

Day 1 September 14, 1998
Rapid Prototyping
Customer focused excellence
Karl Shurson
VP Quality/Site Operations
Day 2 September 15, 1998
General Dynamics Information Systems
Leadership road mapping
Design for '6 Sigma' score carding
Manufacturing Supported Intranet
Allen Gate
V.P. Manufacturing
Project planning and management
Supplier Chain Management and Partnerships
Keith Guggenberger
Director of Quality
Day 3 September 16, 1998
Teaming with customers
Innovative financial operating systems
Richard Huntsinger
St. Jude Medical
Self-managed work teams
Cellular Mfg.
James E. Kwan
Plant Manager
Day 4 September 17, 1998
Remmele Engineering, Inc.
Flexible Mfg. Systems
Factory Apprenticeship Programs
Kent Paul
General Manager
St. Thomas
Advanced Mfg. Systems
Dr. Fred Zimmerman
Dr. James Benson
Day 5 September 18, 1998
Honeywell CFS
Demand Flow Technology
Factory to Customer Performance Relationships
Dennis Madden
Director of Operations
Honeywell HBC
Factory Automation
Mgmt. - Union Partnership
Best Business Practices
Jim Deters
V.P. of Manufacturing

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