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Supply Chain Professionals: Are Your Virtual Pull Systems All They Could Be?

Press release date: March 1, 2013

Don Guild, Synchronous Management, to Provide Best Practices for Kanban and Materials Requirements Planning for ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable, and APICS Tappan Zee on March 18.

Elmsford, NY — Attention supply chain professionals: Are you confident in your ability to develop virtual pull systems that optimize production schedules and inventories? Could you be making better use of Kanban and Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) systems for further improvements? The next joint meeting of ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable, and APICS Tappan Zee* will help you master these components of “virtual pull” so that you can add more value to your organization.

Don Guild, Founder of Synchronous Management, will present: MRP and Kanban: Virtual Pull in the Supply Chain. He will discuss:

• How to right-size or re-size your facility(ies) for optimum product flow.
• What techniques are appropriate for signaling replenishment.
• How to resolve conflicts between Kanban and MRP systems.
• Why ‘pull’ systems deteriorate.
• What to do when Kanban says to buy one thing and MRP dictates something else.
• How to make Kanban and ERP work together.
• Why suppliers too often produce what we don’t need and not what we do need.

*ISM stands for the Institute for Supply Management; CSCMP is the Council of Supply Chain Management professionals, and APICS is the Association for Operations Management.

When and Where
The dinner meeting will take place on Monday, March 18th starting at 5:15 pm at Rini’s Restaurant, 12 West Main Street (Route 119), Elmsford, N.Y. The presentation will begin at 6 pm and dinner will start at 7:15.

About the Speaker
Mr. Guild has more than 45 years of manufacturing experience, including production line operations, shop supervision, scheduling and materials management, operations management, and implementation of automated enterprise resource planning and participative management systems. He founded Synchronous Management to focus on the hands-on application of lean techniques in purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution. As a consultant, he has broad experience in the training and application of value stream mapping, Pull/Kanban systems, cellular manufacturing, plant layout, changeover reduction, and lean performance metrics. He earned both a B.S. in Law and a J.D. from Western State University College of Law, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence, certified as an APICS (The Association for Operations Management) Fellow, and is the author of Pull/Kanban training programs for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)-Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). He is also a faculty member of NIST-MEP and LEI, and a frequent speaker for local and national manufacturing and supply chain events.

Registration Information
The meeting is free for members and students (college ID required) attending the presentation only, and $15 for non-members. Fees for those attending dinner are $30 for members and $35 for non-members, while in-transition members and students pay $15. Please contact: Jennifer O’Brien at or (914) 309-2774 to register.

About ISM-7 Counties
ISM-7 Counties is an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), rich in history and dedicated to educational excellence. As our name indicates, we serve the professional, educational and networking needs of supply chain colleagues in the six New York Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster, plus Fairfield County in Connecticut. In 2007, we formally changed our paradigm by changing our name from NAPM-7 Counties to ISM-7 Counties in order to align ourselves with the new its 21st century Supply Chain methodology and principles.

The mission of ISM is: To Lead Supply Management. ISM’s membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM-7 Counties, an affiliate, is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.


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