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Episode 414: Manufacturing Matters: The Lean Manufacturing Paradigm

In This Episode

In this episode, Ray Keefe, President of Lean Enterprise Strategies, LLC and former Vice President of Manufacturing for Emerson discusses the Lean manufacturing paradigm. After defining Lean and providing an overview of its progress in US manufacturing, Ray discusses Lean metrics and Lean benefits. He then explains the impact of digitization on Lean implementation. The episode concludes with a discussion of the change management challenges brought about by the Lean journey.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Ray Keefe

Ray Keefe is currently the owner and President of Lean Enterprise Strategies LLC.  Having just recently retired from Emerson, Ray and a colleague are working with operations focused business in Operations Strategy Setting, Demand Driven Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing, Pull Systems, and Master Scheduling.  At Emerson, Ray was VP Manufacturing, responsible to initiate Emerson’s Lean Journey. In that role, he collaborated with global executives on Change Management, Education, and Coaching the organization. He also initiated the Complexity Reduction initiative and the Demand Driven Supply Chain effort.  Prior to Emerson, Ray was Director, Manufacturing Services for Eaton Corporation. In that role, he and a team initiated Lean Manufacturing globally. He also managed the Advanced Process Development team and the Automation Consultants. Prior to Eaton, Ray ran the Operations of a healthcare distributor after several years on Operations Consulting in many different industries.  Ray is a graduate from Texas A&M University in Industrial Engineering.

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