Swimming up the Value Stream
Overcoming obstacles to success
Presentation Code: VS5-07
Value Stream: VS5 - Overcoming Obstacles to Lean
Day & Time: Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 - 9:30 AM
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
If you want significant success, you need to apply a strong, sustained lean strategy. Alcon has done just that. What started as a simple pilot project led to an 18 year case study, millions in savings, significant quality improvements and a No. 1 position in the market. But the company had to overcome many obstacles while implementing lean in a regulated medical device environment. Attendees will hear how Alcon did this and learn lessons and strategies they can use to meet their own lean challenges.
In this presentation:
- Hear why Alcon uses lean.
- Find out how a simple study led to a much more involved commitment.
- Learn how the company evolved to become a lean enterprise.
- Find out about the comprehensive and innovative use of lean tools across multiple products and processes.
- Hear about the win-win solutions used to enhance lean compliance.
- Learn simple, powerful secrets that will propel your career.
AlconAlcon Laboratories is a division of the Swiss company Novartis Inc. and has U.S. operations in Fort Worth, Texas. Alcon's core business is centered on three key divisions: surgical, pharmaceutical and consumer vision care. Alcon has 20,000 employees worldwide and develops, manufactures and distributes hundreds of eye care products in more than 180 countries. Alcon facilities are located in 75 countries around the world.
Henry (Butch) Yellott
Henry (Butch) Yellott is an Alcon senior director responsible for PCBs, hand pieces, consumables and accessory production supporting ophthalmic surgical instrumentation production at Alcon in Irvine, CA. He has been with Alcon for 20 years, with past responsibilities in quality engineering and production management. Prior to Alcon, Butch worked at Unisys Corporation for 10 years and held positions in product quality management and manufacturing engineering management and was a pioneering member of an advanced manufacturing engineering team that researched and implemented the first lean methods at Unisys. Butch has a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN, and has certifications in quality engineering and quality auditing from ASQ and lean practitioner from Productivity Inc.
Micky Bazydlo leads the operational excellence team for Alcon in Irvine, CA. Micky has been with Alcon for 11 years and has worked for three Alcon divisions: Irvine, CA; Madrid, Spain; and Sinking Spring, PA. Micky has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of ASQ and is a certified quality engineer and certified quality auditor.
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