World-class speakers highlight 2006 Lean Tools conference

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation

Reliable Plant magazine is pleased to present the 2nd annual Lean Tools for Maintenance and Reliability Conference, September 18-20, 2006 at the world-renowned Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel. Last year, nearly 150 manufacturing industry leaders gathered in Cleveland to share experiences and to learn from best-in-class companies (Cargill, Ford, Whirlpool, International Paper, Nordson, Hercules, ABB, etc.) how lean tactics and strategies can be applied to achieve peak maintenance and reliability performance. 


Lean Tools for Maintenance and Reliability is a must-attend conference for anyone responsible for the health of a plant’s mechanical assets. After three days with your peers and industry leaders, you’ll be able to help your plant prevent costly problems, squeeze more from your budgets and replace wrench time with uptime – and sustain it. 


What’s on the program? This time around, you’ll find a dynamic mix of experts explaining lean successes and failures, and how they use techniques such as the Toyota Program System, kaizen, TPM, Six Sigma, RCM, 5-S, poka-yoke, etc., to enhance the reliability of their plant machinery. 


Speakers at this conference include:

Steve Hockridge, global lean enterprise director, Energizer  KEYNOTE

Greg Walker, technical support manager, Autoliv North America (2006 Shingo Prize winner)

Todd Dennis, plant manager, Batesville Casket Company

Tim Davison, Asset CARE planner, Coors

Aaron Blawn, facilities supervisor, Intel

Scott Haulotte, organizational development and CI manager, Karl Schmidt Unisia

Terry Keown, principal consultant, Life Cycle Engineering

Pamela Young, lean coordinator, Presto Products, a division of Alcoa

Rex Gallaher, former Maintenance Technical Support Center director (retired), United States Postal Service

Rod Wardle, manager of electronics group, Young Electric Sign Company


In addition to the conference, focused pre-conference workshop sessions are available for even more in-depth learning. A limited number of vendors will also be on-hand with relevant product and service solutions. Daily group breakfasts, breaks, lunches and receptions are included with registration and ensure ample time for networking and in-depth one-on-one discussions.   


Lean Tools for Maintenance and Reliability was the first, and remains the only, conference focused on putting lean tools to work at the core of your operations. Since the program is designed to improve the performance of both individuals and equipment, attending is a sure bet to help you and your business succeed. And with our 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose.   


Please review the great lineup of conference and workshop presenters, and note the responses from last year’s attendees. You’ll save $295 when you register for both the pre-conference workshop and the conference, and another $200 if you register before August 18.  

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