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Mixed Model Business Strategy Workshop

Hosted at Toyota Material Handling September 20-22, 2022 in Columbus, Indiana

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to announce the resumption of public workshops hosted by Toyota Material Handling and presented by Leonardo Group Americas. The Mixed Model Business Strategy workshop will be held on September 20-22, 2022, and is limited to only 20 vaccinated participants. Scroll down to find out more! This program is not yet open for registration.

Mixed Model Business Strategy

This workshop is still being planned, but the goal is to identify all of the key “Total Business Strategy” elements that should be in place, and provide a framework for their maturation. It is expected that for key topics, representatives from Toyota Material Handling will also be joining the discussions. A panel or roundtable format will be used, rather than a lecture style of discussion. Tours of the Toyota factory will also be included.

This event will be open for registration later in the spring of 2022, along with a more complete daily agenda.

About Toyota Material Handling

This workshop includes factory tours of Toyota Material Handling (TMH), the #1 manufacturer of fork trucks in North America and winner of Assembly Magazine’s Plant of the Year Award. Here’s what Assembly Magazine had to say about Toyota Material Handling.

Toyota has long been regarded as the gold standard for Lean manufacturing. TMH, located in Columbus, Indiana, is an especially valuable example of Mixed Model Manufacturing since the number of base models and level of customization far exceeds what is seen in the automotive sector. The two factory tours included in this workshop will dramatically support what you will learn in the classroom, and confirm the power and flexibility of Lean Mixed Model Design. 

Toyota experts will also spend time during the workshop to answer any Toyota-specific questions that may come up during the tours or in the classroom.

Why Mixed Model Line Design

30%+ Boost in Productivity

Strict adherence to Standard Work, and the ability of cross-trained workers to "flex" will dramatically increase productivity.

Smooth Production Volumes

Eliminate large swings in daily volumes by leveling your order backlog. Smooth variation in work content through optimum production sequencing and zero changeover time.

Higher Operator Engagement

Build a culture of continuous improvement, and focus like a laser on rooting out waste and defects.

Increase Flexibility

Customer demand can vary daily and can be met smoothly, without changing line balance, operator certification, or material delivery systems. Vary output if needed with no line design changes.

Shorten Lead Time

Build a "river system" of work and material flow, and eliminate delays by directly connecting processes. Include outside suppliers!

Free up Floor Space

Your most expensive factory real estate can be liberated through physically linking work and optimizing material quantities and storage.

Who Should Participate?

This workshop is for anyone responsible for managing a Lean strategy. This would typically include “C-Suite” leaders, senior managers, departmental management, and Lean managers.

  • CEO, VP Personnel
  • Lean & Process Improvement Managers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Human Resources Senior Management
  • Material Flow and Supply Chain Management
The Toyota factory tours were of high value. Likewise excellent coverage of Mixed Model Manufacturing...one of the most important Lean subjects there is! I really enjoyed it, Richard. Very, very beneficial.
Bruce Smythe
President INTERIM Executive Management

Participants in the Mixed Model Line Design Workshop hosted at Toyota will also receive a 1-year membership in the Lean Design Studio, a $500 value. Your membership is a powerful way to sustain and expand the skills developed during this event. Here is what is included in the Studio: