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SMTA-CT Tech Session: Tour of Altek Electronics Inc. and presentation of LEAN initiatives

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 8:30 am
Location: Altek Electronics, 89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington CT 06790

Please join us on October 9th at Altek Electronics (Torrington CT) for a presentation of LEAN initiatives and the resulting efficiencies/benefits. 

Date:   October 9th, 2018
Location:   Altek Electronics, Inc.
Address:   89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington, CT  06790
Time:  8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Agenda:  
8:30 a.m. Registration, networking and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Presentation on LEAN/Continuous Improvement at Altek
9:45 a.m.  Factory Tour – examples of LEAN and Continuous Improvement initiatives
11:00 a.m. Depart

Price:     SMTA member: $25   Non-member: $35

Special Notations or Instructions from Company/Location:  Altek can accommodate 30 attendees—registration will be closed when 30 people have registered.  Parking is tight—there are some spots in the Visiting Nurse parking lot next door (please do not park directly in front of the Visiting Nurse building).   Closed toed shoes must be worn during the factory tour.

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"LEAN in Action"

Learn how the adoption of LEAN supports Altek’s long-term objectives of remaining an independent family business in Connecticut, providing growth opportunities for employees and ensuring business sustainability through LEAN and Green initiatives.
 
We’ll discuss how transitioning from a “push” approach to a “pull” approach improves flow and links more directly to short term customer demand.  We’ll also talk about how this ongoing transition challenges our ideas of macro and micro shop floor layout and questions the conventional manufacturing mindset of economic order quantity and batch production.

Attendees will see examples on both the manufacturing floor as well as administrative functions where teams are improving safety and efficiency through formal workplace organization, identifying waste through process mapping, improving communication through visual management, improving flow through kaizen, reducing set up times through set up reduction activities, and addressing gaps through root cause problem solving.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Altek employees who are actively engaged in leading and managing change and talk to staff members who are contributing their ideas and efforts to identifying opportunities and implementing change.


About the speakers: 

Tim Suydam is a seasoned Lean Business System, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sourcing leader with over 20 years of experience focusing on operational excellence, both as an operations leader as well as a continuous process improvement leader.

Tim joined Altek Electronics in June of 2018. In his current role as Director of Continuous Improvement, he provides leadership, training, and hands on support in the implementation of Lean principles and practices.  A key responsibility is to challenge the status quo and assist management in their journey to lead in our developing Lean environment, delivering value to our customers and engaging every employee.

Tim’s earlier experience includes progressive roles in Procurement, Materials Management, Distribution, Planning, Quality Control and Operations Management.  His Lean journey began in 1996, as a member of the management team at the Ensign-Bickford Company, implementing a Lean system that resulted in four company facilities receiving the Shingo Prize.

Tim holds a lifetime Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and holds a lifetime Purchasing Management Certification (C.P.M.).  He is a long tenured member of the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners and is a past mentor for students enrolled in the Shingo MBA program at Utah State University.

Ravi Kailan has over 16 years of experience in the world of manufacturing. He’s held various leadership positions in different manufacturing industries ranging from photovoltaic (solar) module manufacturing, to high-performance plastics extrusion for the automotive and medical industries. 
 
Ravi joined Altek Electronics in 2016.  In his current role of Director of Operations, Ravi is responsible for 145 employees working in the areas of Receiving, Manufacturing, Test, Engineering, Shipping and Facilities.  Ravi oversees the manufacture of over 900 different assemblies, and under his leadership throughput has increased 27% and NCMR scrap has decreased 35%.
 
Prior to working at Altek, Ravi was the Sr. Operations Manager for a multi-site defense contractor which designs and manufactures instrumentation and other systems for the Armed Forces. Ravi also served in the Marines for five years.
 
Ravi holds an MBA from Albertus Magnus College, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Central Connecticut State University and a Lean Leadership Certification.
 
POC for questions:  Sabrina Beck Sabrina.beck@altekelectronics.com (860) 309-8501

RSVP Link: smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4557

 

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Questions? Contact:
Sabrina Beck
860 309-8501
sabrina.beck@altekelectronics.com







Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
September 12, 2018
7:30
2018 SMTA New England Expo and Tech Forum DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA 01608 Courtney 
952 920-7682
courtney@smta.org
October 9, 2018
8:30 am
SMTA-CT Tech Session: Tour of Altek Electronics Inc. and presentation of LEAN initiatives Altek Electronics, 89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington CT 06790 Sabrina Beck 
860 309-8501
sabrina.beck@altekelectronics.com


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Treasurer : Sabrina Beck  (Altek Electronics, Inc.)
Phone : 860-309-8501

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