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IPC Conference will cover ways to improve business operations.

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October 26, 2009 - IPC Lean Sigma Conference for Electronics Manufacturing will be held November 17-19, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ. Fundamentals of Lean Sigma workshop will provide hands-on strategies to maintain work flow in balance with customer demands, with presentations by Rita Mohanty, Ph.D.; Tim King; and Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D. Conference topics will include Lean Design of Experiments, Kaizen model of team training, value stream mapping, and information on 5S process to organize/clean/standardize workplace.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

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IPC Lean Sigma Conference Offers Strategies to Improve Business Operations

Press release date: October 20, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill, USA, October 20, 2009 - Focused solely on implementation for electronics manufacturing and featuring actual case studies from industry leaders, the IPC Lean Sigma Conference for Electronics Manufacturing will be held November 17-19, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. Designed to benefit all operations managers, including manufacturing, field application, market development and inventory control engineers, the event offers insight into ways to immediately implement the Lean Sigma methodology and reduce cycle times, inventory levels, and costs while improving quality. A full-day Fundamentals of Lean Sigma workshop on November 17 will provide hands-on strategies to maintain a work flow in balance with customer demands, even when faced with sudden market changes and limited resources. Covering topics with immediate application in the workplace, instructors Rita Mohanty, Ph.D., director of advanced development at Speedline Technologies, Inc.; Tim King, senior partner with the Tupelo Group, LLC; and Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., senior technologist at Indium Corporation of America and professor at Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering, will share their expertise and real-world experiences. Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts and keynote speakers Aaron Spearin of Cookson Electronics-Ethone Division and Ronald Lasky will lead off each morning of the technical conference on November 18-19. Industry experts from companies such as Intel, Celestica, Plexus, Cookson, Indium, Panasonic, Kyzen, Medtronics, Speedline and Tyco will illustrate their presentations with real-life examples. Topics include: Lean Design of Experiments (DOE), a method used to identify the ideal combination of process variables to achieve desired quality; the Kaizen model of team training to maximize the waste-reduction benefits of Lean; value stream mapping to analyze the flow of materials and information to find ways to increase efficiency of lead time; and an introduction to 5S, a process to organize, clean and standardize the workplace. Professional networking opportunities and tabletop displays provide additional value to the program. "To successfully compete in today's market, manufacturing and business processes must run as efficiently as possible, offering greater quality while reducing costs," says Dave Torp, IPC vice president of standards and technology. "This program offers a set of measurable practices that can be directly applied to business operations." Jon Bailey, Lean continuous improvement manager, Continental Automotive Systems agrees, noting that timing is critical, "If you think that you can take your time about Lean implementation ... your competitors are going to eat your lunch. For more information on the workshops and technical conference, visit or contact Tina Nerad, IPC coordinator of technical projects at +1 847-597-2826 or About IPC
IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnect industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.


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