Lunch and Learn: Manufacturing Roundtable, “Lean Operational Excellence,” 9/12/2013

Businesses that learn how to operate under the Lean principles are able to eliminate challenges with unnecessary expenses and resources, resulting in an optimization of efficiencies and flow and an increase of profits. Attendees will learn about the success stories of two local businesses that have implemented Lean manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Roundtable:
 Lean Operational Excellence
Mark Shyne, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Scott Ogeka, West Paw Design

Thursday, September 13, 2013
12:00-1:00 Presentation & Lunch
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
2310 University Way, Bldg 2
From Kagy turn south onto 7th Ave, which will end in a parking lot.
Follow signs to Bldg 2.

$15 for Members | $25 for Non-Members
Cost includes catered lunch and materials
Registration required by Tuesday, September 10.

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  • How Lean impacts a business’s bottom-line: increasing efficiency and productivity and decreasing waste and expenses
  • Impacts on personnel: improved training and retention, a strong company culture, and the psychology of change
  • The advantages of Lean accounting: what numbers to monitor and how these metrics can guide production improvements


Mark Shyne is a Field Engineer and UTAP Program Supervisor with the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), where he has completed over 350 projects since joining the MMEC team in 1999. Mark specializes in quality management system registrations, product design improvements, process improvements, supply chain development, product and shop rate costing, and start-up assistance. He has 25 years of professional work experience, having previously worked as a mechanical design engineer for United Technologies, senior operations engineer for Allied Signal Aerospace, and director of engineering for Big Sky Laser Technologies. Mark received his Bachelor of Science, in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University – Bozeman. Mark has been recognized for his efforts with clients, students and the community with the 2009 MSU College of Engineering, “Excellence in Service and Outreach Award” and received the US Armed Forces Humanitarian Service Medal in 1980, for his work on projects in the Marianas Islands.

Scott Ogeka is Operations Manager with West Paw Design, where he is responsible for the company’s Lean manufacturing, supply chain management, project management and product development. Previously, Scott was a technical support group manager, supply chain manager, an operations department leader, and project startup leader for Procter and Gamble, where he worked for 14 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science, in Mechanical Engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York.

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