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High Velocity Manufacturing Seminar

A seminar on Third Generation Supply Chain Execution Strategies
February 18, 2009
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: TBD

A seminar for CEOs, CFOs, Division General Managers, Senior Sales Executives, Senior Operations Executives.
This may be the most important three hours of your manufacturing career. You will hear about the evolution of today’s supply chain concepts from an executive consultant who was a leader in all three generations of operation management. You will also learn how leading manufacturers have learned to increase profits in a world of increasing margin pressure. You will also hear an analysis of the current US manufacturing economy and find where there are still growth opportunities.

  1. Detailed update on the state of the US manufacturing economy
  2. US markets
  3. Export performance
  4. The onshore sourcing movement – economics and supply chain dynamics
  5. Strong and weak segments – growth opportunities in a down market
  6. Supply chain dynamics

Supply chains are dynamically unstable. This segment covers the root causes and shows how High Velocity Manufacturing strategies help combat the problem. It will show how leading manufacturers are adapting to the margin pressures of global competition. 

  1. Simplified factory planning models
  2. Customer-vendor collaboration
  3. Third party supply chain coordination
  4. ERP system traps and configuration strategies
  5. Differences between Lean Manufacturing and High Velocity Manufacturing
  6. Financial dynamics

The financial models of traditional manufacturing often mislead decision makers in a global supply chain.  When the pace of business was slower or more predictable, the use of historical accounting as the framework for forward planning was adequate to the task.  This is no longer the case.  New techniques are required to rebalance how profit is generated, and to assure that the organization has the information necessary apply the new rules to every business decision. The "Return on Capacity" model is used to address these issues.

  1. Pricing models based on capacity allocation rather than standard cost
  2. Pricing strategies in a world with two break-even points
  3. Mix analysis and profit planning methods
  4. Deployed capacity and implications for price/cost relationships
  1. Case studies in manufacturing and distribution

One or two actual examples will be covered from recent experience

  1. Questions and Answers

This segment will offer an opportunity to apply the methods described to specific business problems from the audience.

About the Speaker: John E. Layden, CEO Prevel Technology
Mr. Layden serves as president & CEO of Prevel Consulting, a management consulting firm serving manufacturing, distribution, and their supporting infrastructure.
Prior to launching Prevel, Layden’s career included 22 years’ in manufacturing and another 18 years in enterprise software. Most recently he has served as VP of Supply Chain Management for SAP and VP of Supply Chain Market Development for Frontstep, Inc.  He served as President of Pritsker Corporation, an early innovator in the Advanced Planning and Scheduling field, and negotiated the Pritsker acquisition by Frontstep in 1997.  He was a founder and CEO of Automated Technology Associates, Inc., a leader in the development of real-time quality control systems.

Layden has authored over 40 articles and papers on both the theory and practice of manufacturing and supply chain operations. He has been described by one editor as one of the 'founding fathers' of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) industry. He also authored the supply chain chapter in Maynard’s Industrial Engineers Handbook.  He speaks worldwide on the subject of world class operating strategies.  He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences including the Automation Hall of Fame Awards.  As a key partner to Motorola, Layden developed the quality control concepts that became the Six Sigma Initiative.