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Experiments Quote

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”

  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals

“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”

  – Charlie…

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Added by Hank Czarnecki on March 24, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Five Main Principles of Toyota

Added by Hank Czarnecki on February 5, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

People Centric Listening

Despite what Machiavelli said, great leaders don't have to be feared. They don't even have to be loved.

According to the co-founder of Google's career mentoring program, they just have to listen.

Jenny Blake, a career strategist who has helped more than 1,000 people at Google advance at work, says that…

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Added by Hank Czarnecki on December 16, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

ATAC Celebrates National Manufacturing Day with High School Students

2016 National Manufacturing Day – October 6th

More than 140 area high school students gathered at Southern Union State Community College to celebrate National Manufacturing Day with tours and discussions, as Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. proclaimed October 6th as Manufacturing Day for each city.

The High School Senior Day with Industry event offered students the tools they might need to create a bright future in…

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Added by Walker Jackson on October 24, 2016 at 2:56pm — No Comments

10 precepts from Ohno

Added by Hank Czarnecki on July 5, 2016 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Lean manufacturing: the balance of costs versus productivity

"... if you place inventory management, energy management and knowledge management at the heart of your strategy, it is possible to both decrease expenditure and improve efficiency..."

In industry, an increased need for budget cuts can put even the best manufacturing efficiency plans under pressure. European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400 billion every year on maintenance. With this figure in mind, could it be possible to decrease…

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Added by Auburn Works on March 11, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dean's Status Report Spotlights ATAC's Work

Dr. Bill Hardgrave, dean of our parent college, the Harbert College of Business, spotlighted our center today in his monthly status report on accomplishments within the college. Following is his ATAC excerpt :

February 26, 2016 HCOB colleagues:

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- ATAC:

o Submitted 103 proposals resulting in $1.3 million in contracts. ...…

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Added by Auburn Works on February 26, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

2016 Bank Directors’ College at Auburn University

Update on the 2016 Bank Directors’ College at Auburn University:

The 6th annual conference will be held on February 18th & 19th, 2016 (Thursday & Friday of President’s Day Week).  This year’s event will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, downtown Auburn, AL.

We have an exceptional slate of speakers that includes regulators, examiners, industry consultants plus legal,…

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Added by Walker Jackson on December 8, 2015 at 11:17am — No Comments

Quality at the Source: Practical Leadership Techniques

 

One of the fundamental concepts of lean is Quality at the Source (QAS).  Typically, lean practitioners discuss QAS from the aspects of error proofing and not passing on defects.  These QAS…

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Added by David Hicks on April 2, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Auburn Technical Assistance Center - Overview & Capabilities

Link to ATAC Overview & Capabilities

ATAC Presentation 2014

Added by Hank Czarnecki on December 11, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

Toyota Kata @ La-Z-Boy

Here is the La-Z-Boy Dayton Tennessee plant's Toyota Kata journey I presented at the Maryland World Class Consortia's 2014 conference

Toyota Kata @ La-Z-Boy

Added by Hank Czarnecki on December 6, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

Bank Director 101

This inaugural course is presented by the staff of the Alabama State Banking Department including Superintendent of Banks, John Harrison and the Deputy Superintendent of Banks, Trabo Reed.

It is hosted by the Auburn University Bank Directors’ College and will precede the annual conference on February 12th, 2015 (the “101” course will be from 8:30 am to 11:30 am).

This training course is for directors who want to learn the role…

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Added by Walker Jackson on December 1, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Economic Update Added to the 2015 Auburn University Bank Directors’ College

We are pleased to announce that David Altig will provide the Economic Update for our 2015 Bank Directors’ College.   Dr. Altig is the Executive Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

In addition to advising the Fed’s president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank’s regional executives and the Bank’s research department.   He also serves as a member of the…

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Added by Walker Jackson on November 17, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments

First Lean Boot Camp Experience

I had the opportunity to sit in on my  first boot camp with ATAC. Not sure exactly what to expect I was a little nervous but anxious too! Being at the Lean Boot Camp was definitely a learning experience for me. I was interested in finding out exactly what was taught as well as how it was instructed. Since I have zero manufacturing knowledge, I was able to sit back and soak up the environment. During the 3 classes that I attended I was able to observe the "students" work and interact with one…

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Added by Lauren Mayhue on November 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Auburn observing 'Manufacturing Day' Oct. 3 with ATC Open House

Auburn Manufacturing Day is Friday, Oct. 3.  In support of the National Manufacturing Day, the public is invited to an open house and tour at the…

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Added by Auburn Works on September 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

KASH box used for Promoting Employees

In a previous post, we mentioned the KASH box - Knowledge, Attitude, Skills & Habits - and how companies typically hire on Knowledge & Skills yet fire on Attitudes & Habits. Positive attitude and good habits of the employees are invariably the reason behind the performance of great companies. Successful organizations realize that it is the negative attitudes and wrong habits of the employees are mostly the reasons behind the failures and not lack of knowledge or…

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Added by Hank Czarnecki on July 26, 2014 at 3:28am — No Comments

2015 Auburn University Bank Directors’ College (update)

The 5th annual conference will be held on February 12th & 13th, 2015 (Thursday & Friday before the President’s Day Holiday).  This year’s event will be held at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

We are excited to announce that Dr. David Altig will provide the Economic Update.  Dr. Altig is the Executive Vice President and Director of Research,…

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Added by Walker Jackson on July 23, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments

Update on the 2015 Auburn University Bank Directors’ College

The 5th annual conference will be held on February 12th & 13th, 2015 (Thursday & Friday before the President’s Day Holiday).  This year’s event will be held at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

We are excited to announce that Dr. David Altig will provide the Economic Update.  Dr. Altig is the Executive Vice President and Director of Research,…

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Added by Walker Jackson on July 17, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

2015 Auburn University Bank Directors’ College

This year’s (February 2014) Bank Directors’ College was very successful with over 100 attending our event held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.  The survey responses from the attendees confirmed that the subjects were very timely and relevant with the speakers being very experienced and knowledgeable of their respective areas of expertise.   

Planning for next year’s event has begun with the selected dates being on Thursday and Friday, February…

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Added by Walker Jackson on May 29, 2014 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Measuring the Right Thing

I have noticed over the years that most folks that are getting started using the Six Sigma methodology have as many problems with some of the early decision-making issues as they do handling some of the more quantitative tools.  Specifically, which problems should they focus on?  If one listens to the voice of the customer, then this might not be a big problem.  If you have a problem, the customer will usually let you know.  However, if one is trying to be proactive, and look for…

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Added by Mark M. Clark on May 16, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

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