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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March 2018


March 14th - June 6th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 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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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Training

March 20th - 22nd @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Agriculture Building Room 312 (AG 312)
2105 Aggie Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72401 United States
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This course uses the curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance and is the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA; completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. About FSPCA: The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a broad-based public private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies…

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April 2018

Business Cybersecurity and Fraud Seminar – Little Rock

April 4th @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 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. According to a study by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, the average cost of a cybersecurity breach on an affected small business was an average of $38,000 in 2015. In addition, 60% of small businesses which suffered a cyberattack went out of business within six months. Manufacturing Solutions, a department of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s…

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Advanced Motor Training

April 25th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 United States
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It is estimated that electrical motors in industrial facilities use more than 20% of all electricity sold in the United States. What does this mean? Industrial motor systems represent the largest single electrical end use in the U.S. economy. Topics include: The importance of selecting efficient components Systems optimization and improvement opportunities Understanding load factor and proper sizing to select efficient motors Life cycle cost analysis Developing an action plan This one day course will identify cost effective applications of…

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Variable Frequency Drive Training

April 26th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lakepoint Conference Center
171 Lake Point Lane
Russellville, AR 72802 United States
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Does Your Operational team really understand the following aspects on Variable Frequency Drive technology? Do you know how to match the VFD to the driven load? Will your VFD offer significant electrical savings? Do you understand the implication of harmonics when applying a Variable Frequency Drive? Does your maintenance staff understand the interrelationship between the pump, motor and VFD? Do you understand the best practices of installation and maintenance? Do you understand the vital environmental control aspects? This one day…

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May 2018

NIST Industry Forum: Monitoring, Diagnostics, and Prognostics for Manufacturing Operations: Moving from “React and Repair” to “Predict and Prevent”

May 7th - 11th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
NIST in Gaithersburg, MD
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
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The event will bring together leaders in industry, government, and academia to discuss the current trends, successes, challenges, and needs with respect to advanced monitoring, diagnostic, and prognostic technologies to enhance maintenance and control strategies within manufacturing operations.  Discussions will include the current and emerging capabilities and challenges with respect to designing, deploying, verifying, and validating monitoring, diagnostic, and prognostic technologies for manufacturing operations including those involving interconnected, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. For more information, please watch this video…

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Foundations of Industrial Energy Efficiency

May 16th @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Latture Conference Room College of Business Flanders Bldg. Corner of North 50th & Grand Ave. - 5020 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, 72913 United States
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This Industrial Energy Efficiency training program is intended to provide facilities personnel, energy managers, engineers, and utility representatives with both basic and intermediate understanding of the latest energy efficiency methods, procedures, and best practices.  No matter your background, you will leave this workshop with an actionable understanding of how to save energy within an industrial facility. Justification for energy efficiency Best business practices of energy management State of industrial energy efficiency today Foundational understanding: Plant energy assessments methods and procedures Utility…

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June 2018

Fundamentals of Compressed Air

June 27th @ 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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274This 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. This Level 1 course can be taken as a stand-alone class; it is also a highly recommended prerequisite to the more intensive 2-day Level 2 course, Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems, which will be held August 23 & 24, 2017 in Little Rock, AR. Calculate the energy cost of compressed…

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November 2018

China International Import Expo (CIIE)

November 5th - 10th @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will hold China lntemational lmport Expo (CIIE) starting from 2018. It is a significant move for the Chinese Government to hold CIIE with a view of firmly supporting trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively opening the market to the world. It facilitates countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic and trade cooperation, and to promote global trade…

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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 Clarke
Rockline Industries
Director of Manufacturing