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 11th - December 4th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arkansas World Trade Center
3300 S. Market Street, Ste 400
Rogers, AR 72758 United States
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Do you see growth opportunities in global markets? Are you selling reactively rather than taking a proactive approach to international markets? Do you want to develop a strategic exporting plan for your next phase of growth? **When Registering For ExporTech, Please Register Only One Representative From Your Company.  We will contact you after you have registered to obtain your additional Attendee**.** The program combines group workshops with individual coaching for each company, leading to an export plan in just 12 weeks.…

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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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November 2019


Fundamentals of Compressed Air – Fayetteville

November 19th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Arkansas – AT&T Conference Room
700 West Research Center Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72701 United States
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Compressed Air

This one-day introductory course is designed to teach facility engineers, operators and maintenance staff how to achieve 15-25% cost savings through more effective production and use of compressed air. The instructor will identify basic approaches for cutting costs; identify steps for proper system operation, maintenance, and point-of- use accountability; and show you how to tailor a compressed air system management action plan for your plant. This course is also a highly recommended prerequisite to the two day Level 2-Advanced Management…

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Advanced Management of Compressed Air

November 20th - 21st @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Arkansas – AT&T Conference Room
700 West Research Center Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72701 United States
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This is an intensive two-day training which provides in-depth technical information for troubleshooting and making improvements to industrial compressed air systems. Two instructors will be present to provide detailed, hands-on classroom instruction and individual assistance. This class is underwritten and sponsored by Energy Efficiency Arkansas. *Registration closes on November 1, 2019. Approximately one week in advance of the class you will be sent an information packet with materials to complete prior to the training. These materials will enable you to…

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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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AC/DC Motor Fundamentals Training – Jonesboro

December 5th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workforce Training Center
5501 Krueger Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72401 United States
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This one-day course provides information on the principles of operation of motors and motor components, and the AC/DC theory of operation, including torque, pullout torque and slip. Attendees will learn how a variable-speed drive controls the speed and direction of an attached motor. You will also become familiar with the drive’s Human Interface Module (HIM), which allows programmers, maintainers, and troubleshooters access to information stored within the drive. Skills required to program, maintain, or troubleshoot an AC/DC drive How to…

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Business Cybersecurity and Fraud Seminar – Rogers

December 12th @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arkansas World Trade Center
3300 S. Market Street, Ste 400
Rogers, AR 72758 United States
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While cybersecurity is a concern among all businesses, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks in the past year were directed at small and mid-sized businesses. The Cisco 2018 Security Capabilities Benchmark Study found that more than half (54 percent) of all cyberattacks result in financial damages of more than US$500,000 including, but not limited to, lost revenue, customers, opportunities, and out-of-pocket costs. That amount is enough to put an unprepared small/mid-market business out of operation—permanently which is why 60% of…

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January 2020


Arkansas State University: Project Management Online

January 13th - February 28th, 2020 @ 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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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