Art Smalley Art learned about lean manufacturing while living, studying, and working in Japan for 10 years as one of the first foreign nationals to work for Toyota. He spent the majority of his Toyota career helping the company transfer its production, engineering, and management systems to facilities around the world. After leaving Toyota, Art became director of lean production operations at Donnelly Corp., (now part of Magna Inc.), a tier one automotive supplier with more than 15 plants in North America and Europe. Art subsequently joined McKinsey & Company, where he was the firm’s leading expert in lean manufacturing. He was inducted into the Shingo Prize Academy in 2006. He currently aids companies implementing lean through Art of Lean.
Creating Level Pull This workshop addresses how to tie together the flow of all product families through a facility by implementing a lean production control system that establishes the conditions for superior performance. Through instruction, discussion, a simulation, and in-class exercises this workshop will explain how to implement and sustain true flow, pull, and leveled production in a facility from the customer demand point of view backwards through the entire facility from finished goods back to raw materials.