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*CIBRE has attained the funds to support Fridays lunch and will no longer request the $25, both days of this event are FREE


            Tool and Die Futures Initiative- A CIBRE Initiative

Fall Premier Event

Sept 30th (1pm-5pm) & Oct 1st (8am-5pm)

                           Elliot Hall Auditorium at Oakland University


Communication, Lean Manufacturing


A Problem Solving Challenge: Interested?



Jeff Lucas


Assistant Manager

Toyota Purchasing Total Cost Assessment Group


Lean manufacturing - it's not a set of tools, a software program, a new technology, or a piece of equipment you can purchase.  It is a company culture, quickly developed and sustained over time, in support of manufacturing. Every associate entering a company must be trained in lean thinking and it should be fully supported by management from top to bottom.  It requires clear, concise communication and a consistent problem solving methodology. In other words, lean must become a way of life if you want to compete in a global market with a competitive cost index.

Come and learn how problem solving is really done on Thursday September 30th and then come back on Friday for a full day seminar on building a true lean culture. 




Thursday September 30th, 1pm-5pm


1:00-2:00pm                   Communication & Change Point Management

This is a compliment to some of the concepts covered in the June 20th TDFI Meeting. (See TDFI June meeting). 


2:00-4:00pm                   Problem Solving Methodology - No problems or sounds easy?  Attend both days & sign up to try it on Oct 1st!


4:00-5:00pm                   Experiences of three people who went through a recent problem solving exercise.


Friday October 1st, 8am-5pm


8:00-12:00                      14 Principles of a Culture Returning to Their Roots, By Jeff Lucas

12:00-1:45                      Luncheon Talk - Driving Growth through Innovation - Developing an Innovation Ecosystem 

By Dr. Ken Smith, Eller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Eller College of Management, U of Arizona


2:15-3:30                        14 Lean Tips,    By Jeff Lucas

3:30-4:00                        Q &A Session and Audience Challenge/Opportunity

An opportunity for any person who wishes to go through the problem solving exercise will be provided. 

This opportunity will include mentoring from a certified trainer in problem solving technique.  Your progress will be tracked through conclusion so you may mentor other volunteers or your employees.

Please email or call by Sept. 24th to let me know if you can attend.  The next meeting discussing lending practices will be held on November 12th (replacing the meeting scheduled for Sept. 24th).


Bob Quinn


586-336-1237; Cell 586-557-4655


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