AME International Conference Showcases Latest Innovations in Lean and Continuous Improvement

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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) held its 2016 International Conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference provided networking and education on lean and continuous improvement to nearly 1,800 professionals

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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) held its 2016 International Conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference provided networking and education on lean and continuous improvement to nearly 1,800 professionals. As the world’s largest lean conference, attendees were offered the opportunity to learn best practices directly from practitioners.

The conference featured nine keynote speakers, one of which was NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Conference attendees had the chance to tour local companies showcasing best practices, including Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Texas Nameplate. The conference also featured pre- and post-conference workshops, and practitioner presentations from industry leaders like GE Transportation and Scripps Health.

As the leading association for lean and continuous improvement, each year AME recognizes companies and individuals who embody enterprise excellence.

During the conference, AME honored its 2016 AME Excellence Award recipients for their demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business: Accuride de Mexico, Goodyear Innovation Center – Akron, Littelfuse (Wuxi, China), MillerCoors Trenton Brewery and O.C. Tanner.

AME inducted C. Jackson Grayson, founder and chairman of the American Productivity & Quality Center, and J. Francisco Ramírez Reséndiz, founder and executive director of LENSYS, into the 2016 Hall of Fame for each of their contributions to the growth of enterprise excellence within the manufacturing community. AME also honored the 2016 Mac McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, William H. Baker, for his lifetime support and significant contributions to improving the products and services offered by AME to advance enterprise excellence.

AME also announced the launch of its Lean Sensei app, available for download in the Apple App Store. The new benchmarking tool is designed to guide conversations about continuous improvement and help manufacturers benchmark their operations against AME Excellence Award quality standards. Dedicated to improving the manufacturing industry overall, the AME Lean Sensei app is available to all manufacturers regardless of membership in AME. For more information on the app, visit http://www.ame.org/leansensei.

“Feedback for this conference—from attendees who are just beginning their journey to those who are highly advanced—has been overwhelmingly positive, but we’re just getting started. We’re already working on the program for Boston, which will include even more advanced content,” said AME president and CEO George Saiz.
The AME 2017 International Conference will take place Oct. 9-13 in Boston, Mass. Visit http://www.ame.org/boston to register and for more information.

About the Association for Manufacturing Excellence
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. AME’s membership is composed of a trusted network of volunteers who are committed to leveraging the practitioner-to-practitioner and company-to-company shared-learning experience. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. AME offers its members a multitude of valuable resources to help them stay abreast of current industry developments and improve the skills, competitiveness and overall success of their organizations. Join AME in leading the “renaissance of manufacturing in North America." For more information, visit http://www.ame.org or email info@ame.org.

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