So Cal Lean Tour 2019

Starts:  Sep 11, 2019 7:00 AM (PT)
Ends:  Sep 12, 2019 4:30 PM (PT)

This AME Western Region annual event returns to Southern California this year and features four companies that are demonstrating how to deploy and sustain lean and enterprise excellence at their sites. Here are the companies and some of the lean practices you will witness on the tour:

  • At Alcon in Lake Forest, you will see cellular service and repair operations, gemba boards, leader standard work, kanban/flow and a lean warehouse operations transformation project that supports global service and repair parts distribution.
  • At Oakley in Lake Forest, you will observe a lean product development process with electronic boards, takt pacing, visual controls as well as flow manufacturing, kanban, gemba board, leader standard work and cellular manufacturing.
  • IEHP, in Rancho Cucamonga is a lean healthcare system with leader standard work, gemba boards, member and provider information flow and visual systems. They provide exceptional services with a lean mindset.
  • At Fender Musical Instruments in Corona, you will observe daily Kaizen, one instrument flow, kanban and jidoka (autonomation) and visual factory.


Meeting location/recommended lodging:
Homewood Suites Irvine – ASK FOR AME RATE
17370 Redhill Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
7:00 a.m.   Registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m.   Depart for Alcon
8:30 a.m.   Arrive at Alcon in Lake Forest
8:45 a.m.   Welcome, introduction
9:15 a.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
11:00 a.m. Feedback Session for Alcon
11:30 a.m. Depart for Oakley
11:45 a.m. Arrive at Oakley
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Oakley
12:45 p.m. Welcome, introduction
1:15 p.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
3:30 p.m.   Feedback Session for Oakley
4:15 p.m.   Depart for hotel
5:30 p.m.   AME Hosted networking dinner at El  Torito Mexican Grill (off Main St. Irvine)

Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:00 a.m.   Breakfast
7:45 a.m.   Depart for IEHP in Rancho Cucamonga
8:45 a.m.   Arrive at IEHP
9:00 a.m.   Welcome, introduction
9:30 a.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
11:30 a.m. Feedback session/lunch at IEHP
12:00 p.m. Depart for Fender Musical Instruments
12:30 p.m. Arrive at Fender
12:45 p.m. Welcome, introduction
1:15 p.m.   Tour (four groups of 8-10)
3:30 p.m.   Feedback Session
4:00 p.m.   Depart for hotel/complete event survey
4:30 p.m.   Arrive at hotel and adjourn

Participant benefits:

  • Participants will see lean implementations in practice and have the chance to ask what went well and what would you do differently of the site personnel directly.
  • The opportunity to see lean adopted in three distinctly different businesses – musical instruments, medical device manufacturing and OEM electromechanical.
  • Participants will be able to meet other similar-minded professionals in their area of expertise and develop contacts for benchmarking and best practice sharing.
  • Previous companies and participants have stated that this is the ONE EVENT they strive to attend because of the excellent learning opportunities.
Who should attend:

  • Anyone wanting to learn more about lean practices
  • Company or business leaders who want to take their organizations to the next level of safety, quality, lean, service and productivity
  • CI professionals, engineers and operations leaders who want to expand their toolkit and look for new ways to implement and sustain lean
  • CEOs, company owners that need to make improvements within their teams to get results
  • Students, teachers and others seeking how to learn and develop lean practices


Homewood Suites Irvine
17370 Redhill Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614