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February 13, 2008 - Scheduled for March 12, 2008, "Lean for the Supply Chain" will bring together OEMs, major suppliers, and job shop owners to address value of using lean processes to collaborate on working effectively up and down supply chain. Conference starts off with optional Lean Experience Tour where attendees will observe 2 facilities at different stages of lean journeys. Workshops cover topics such as Standardized Work, Creating a Lean Culture with the Supply Chain, and Kaizening Together.

Lean For The Supply Chain - Conference Presented by Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: February 8, 2008

DEARBORN, Mich. February 8, 2008 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces a new conference to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers take the next step on their lean journeys. "Lean for the Supply Chain", Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Jose, CA , March 11-2, 2008, will bring together OEMs, major suppliers and job shop owners to address the value of using lean processes to collaborate on working effectively up and down the supply chain.

"Lean for the Supply Chain was developed in response to the aerospace and defense industries' desire to improve supplier relations," said Mark C. Tomlinson, CMfgT, CEM, the Society's executive director and general manager. "This conference supports SME's commitment to these industries and to lean education and certification."

"Lean for the Supply Chain" starts off with an optional Lean Experience Tour where attendees will observe two facilities at different stages of their lean journeys - New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., the joint venturebetween GM and Toyota which launched the Toyota Production System; and Bodycote, the world's leading provider of advanced thermal processes and materials test services. Discussions, before and after the tour, will detail which lean principles the companies are embracing. (Tour is limited to 35 participants.) The tour is followed by a networking opening reception at The Tech Museum of Innovation.

During the keynote presentation, "The Future State of the Supply Chain: Push vs. Pull", attendees will learn about the future state of thesupply chain and take part in a discussion on the Collaboration Process, Trust andLean.

Presenters are Waseem Sheikh, Supply Chain and Product Life Cycle Management practice group leader and Innovations director, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), and Brad Hart, President, Roberts Tools who met with a peer group of competitors to discuss and share knowledge on training, supply chain management and technology.

"At Cisco IBSG, we are seeing many of our customers realize the benefits of lean supply chain initiatives across a myriad of industries as a result of innovative, technology assisted processes," said Waseem Sheikh, director, Cisco IBSG. "Technology enabled lean supply chain management has increasingly become a driver for reduced costs and cycle time, creating real competitive advantage."

The workshops cover topics from Standardized Work, Creating a Lean Culture with the Supply Chain, Kaizening Together and more. The sessions are categorized as fundamental, integrated and strategic to direct attendees in finding the correct training level, and are led by industry leaders who are passionate about sharing their lean experiences.

Additionally, attendees can use the new SME Lean Registry to connect with presenters and other attendees prior to the conference to start dialoguing and afterwards to stay connected and to discuss their progress and continue learning. The SME Lean Registry is a free community connection and collaboration space for lean practitioners.

The conference is $795 to SME members, $920 to new members; and $995 to non-members. The Lean Experience Tour package and Opening Reception are available for an additional fee. Detailed conference information, pricing and registration are available at

This training may be applied towards education and training requirements for Lean Certification sponsored by SME, AME and the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing

This event is hosted by the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, Chapter 98 and is sponsored by the California Space Authority

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About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.
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