Besides Innovation, Operational Excellence is the most critical challenge facing Arkansas companies. Wasted time, motion, and materials are the enemy. An agile and efficient approach to eliminating waste is the only sustainable solution. Let AEDC-MS help improve your processes and train your employees to do extraordinary things.

Benefits of Operational Excellence Services
  • Strong Customer Loyalty
  • Increased Profitability
  • Freed Up Capacity for Growth
  • Improved Productivity
  • More Reliable and Efficient Supply Chain
  • Disciplined Effective Continuous Improvement Culture
  • Reduced Inventory and Waste
  • Strong Team of Master Problem Solvers
Operational Excellence Tools
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Training Within Industry (TWI)
    • Job Instruction (JI)
    • Job Methods (JM)
    • Job Relations (JR)
  • Toyota Kata
    • Vision Challenge
    • Improvement Kata
    • Coaching Kata
  • Quality System Excellence
    • Statistical Process Control
    • ISO Certification Support
    • Supply Chain Optimization
How AEDC-MS can help?

AEDC-MS has delivered more Operational Excellence assistance than any other organization in the state. We use a people-oriented approach that empowers teams to take action, achieve improvements and minimize capital investment. Operational Excellence services are the best way to utilize a company’s most valuable resource, its people. We tailor projects to meet your needs and encourage your input and involvement to ensure your team is satisfied.

  • Value Stream Mapping – using current data, we generate a future measurable plan including an action list that will deliver results and eliminate waste in your system.
  • 5S/Workplace Organization – reduce waste and cost by organizing the workplace with visual controls and quality and safety.
  • Quick Changeover – change tooling and fixtures quickly and efficiently allowing smaller batch sizes, more frequent changes, quicker customer response time, and better machine utilization.
  • Cellular/Flow Manufacturing – link and balance operations to reduce lead time, minimize work in process and optimize floor space.
  • Kaizen Event Facilitation – intense 2-5 day event aimed at achieving a specific objective.
  • Total Preventive Maintenance – increase equipment effectiveness and minimize downtime.
  • Pull/Kanban Systems – reduce and control inventory and production scheduling by implementing a visually driven employee controlled replenishment system.
  • Facilities Layout – arrangement of departments and equipment to improve material flow.
  • Certificate Series – 5-day training program covering the above programs to certify practitioners in Lean Manufacturing.
  • Training Within Industry (TWI) – Job Instruction, Job Methods, and Job Relations.
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Implementation Assistance – Exemplar Global Quality System Auditor will provide technical assistance during your implementation of ISO 9001.
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Gap Analysis, Internal or Pre-registration Audit – Utilize our Exemplar Global Quality Systems Auditor with 10 years experience to conduct your ISO 9001 internal audits or pre-registration audits.
  • ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, AS 9100, and TS 16949 Training, Internal Audits and Evaluation of Compliance
  • Six Sigma Project Selection and Project Management – Let our ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt assist you in the selection and management of result-oriented Six Sigma projects.
  • Internal Auditor Training – Develop competence in identifying improvement opportunities focusing on requirements and auditing techniques.
  • Root Cause Analysis – Identify the underlying causes of workplace challenges using problem-solving methods.
  • Design of Experiments – Optimize processes and take the guess work out of process improvements to solve complex workplace problems.
  • Statistical Process Control – Let your process talk to you with an effective, visually-based method of monitoring manufacturing quality.
  • Process Capability – Understand the capability of your processes in meeting customer requirements, allowing process improvement efforts focused on what is important to your customers.
How can you get started?

Contact AEDC-MS with a question or give us a call to setup a time to discuss your process improvement needs. For general information about our Operational Excellence services, please contact AEDC-MS at 501-682-1179, or via email.

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September 2019



September 26th, 2019 - February 20th, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Russellville Regional Economic Development Alliance
708 West Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801 United States

Our Managing for Continuous Improvement (MCI) program is a blended, prescriptive, expert-led training program that will provide you with an opportunity to learn world class business transformational methodologies.  By scheduling one 8 hour module per month over a 5 month period, the components of the program will prepare you to transition to a more thoughtful and “purpose driven” approach to managing your company’s continuous improvement efforts. The monthly modules are designed to guide you through a natural progression toward sustained competitive growth. The first module is designed…

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December 2019

National Park College: CNC Mill Setup and Operation

December 2nd, 2019 - February 6th, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
National Park College – Innovation Technologies Center
2233 Albert Pike Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913 United States
cnc machining

This class is scheduled to begin on the evening of Monday, December 2nd on Mondays and Wednesdays through February 6th. The classes begin at 4:30 and end at 7pm. There will be no classes on December 23, 25, 30 and January 1. This class prepares students for entry-level positions as CNC Operators or set-up technicians. Students will learn basic programming, set-up, and operation of a HAAS TM 1p Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machine.  Students will use machine control simulators throughout. Topics…

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January 2020


Arkansas State University: Project Management Online

January 13th - February 28th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
AR United States
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Project Management Online offers a critical and comprehensive initiation to the practice of project management and blends theory with practical examples. This course is delivered online through Blackboard Learn and prepares students to become certified through PMI with the industry-recognized Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential. Project Integration Time Management Quality Management Communications Management Procurement Management This course offers a critical and comprehensive initiation to the practice of project management and blends theory with practical examples. This course also prepares students…

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February 2020


2020 MCAFDO Annual Educational Conference & Environmental Sample Training Workshop

February 24th - 26th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas
3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758 United States
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The 2020 Mid-Continental Association of Food and Drugs Officials (MCAFDO) Annual Educational Conference (AEC) will be held February 25-26, 2020.  In addition, MCAFDO is partnering with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) to provide a workshop related to collecting environmental samples in retail food establishments when investigating foodborne illness outbreaks.  The environmental sampling workshop will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will last from 8:00 am to approximately 4:30 pm.  The workshop will include classroom presentation…

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Company:  Rockline Industries

  • 69% improvement in production time in 3 months
  • 56% reduction in waste within 3 months
  • 16 senior leaders, 8 shift leaders trained and 6 workstations using Kata

The training provided by AMS has been very impactful. We are able to reach our sales demands on time with the accuracy expected, sustain the improvements desired, and grow our trained staff to optimize our available capacity.

Mark ClarkeRockline Industries
Director of Manufacturing