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Eliminating Losses in Large Downtime Events

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 2:00 PM

Dr.EdwardsOn this segment of the Leaning Edge is Dr. Bill Edwards; PhD, PE, PMP. Dr. Edwards started his career at Ford Engine Design where he won one of Ford’s Highest Honors, The Ford Customer-Driven Quality Award for Warranty Reduction.

Dr. Edwards also worked at Chrysler Engine Design on a global engine program - winning one ofWard’s AutoWorld Ten (10) Best Engines. He led change in Chrysler’s Advance Manufacturing Engineering. There, Dr. Edwards’s Lean Manufacturing SWAT teams quickly identified manufacturing issues & implement solutions across North America.

Dr. Edwards instructed all levels of personnel in process improvements, and “Trained the Trainers”. He acquired his Professional Engineering (PE) License, & Project Management Professional (PMP). In 2011 he joined Oakland University’s Industrial, Systems, & Engineering Management staff. Dr. Edwards' research is "Optimizing Production Efficiencies in Downtime Events."

To hear Debra and Bill's full interview please click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared below.

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The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser, she speaks with leaders, implementers and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their lean journey.

The show focuses on the fact that lean is a mindset and a culture, not a set of process improvement tools, and shows how this approach can make your city, state and country an even stronger and more successful, stable place one organization at a time and one person at a time.

The “Lean” philosophy refers to engaging and involving all levels of employees in development of ideas to provide value to customers by aiming for high quality, low cost and short lead time. A specific kind of leadership style is seen in successful lean organizations which includes rewarding experimentation and developing people into problem solvers.

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