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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August 2018


Understanding the Interactions of Pumps, Motors and Drives – Stuttgart

August 28th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Grand Prairie Center
2709 Hwy 165 South
Stuttgart, 72160 United States
Event Category:
motors and pumps

AC induction motors drive approximately 90% of all pumps. An ever-growing portion of pump systems are now managed by variable speed control such as variable frequency drive, eddy current drive mag drive or fluid drive. As the pump, motor, and driver operate as components of the same system, understanding how they react individually and to the other can have a significant impact on your plant’s bottom line. This one-day workshop on Pumps, Motors, and Drives will discuss how the pump,…

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September 2018



September 5th - November 28th @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arkansas World Trade Center
33000 S. Market Street, Ste 400
Rogers, AR 72758 United States
Event Category:

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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Business Cybersecurity and Fraud Seminar – Rogers

September 12th @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce
317 W Walnut St Rogers
Rogers, AR 72756 United States
Event Category:

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 studies by three cybersecurity companies, the average cost of a cybersecurity breach on an affected small business was an average of $117,000 in 2018. 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 Existing Business…

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October 2018


Fundamentals of Compressed Air – Little Rock

October 2nd @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 United States
Event Category:
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. This Level 1 course can be taken as a stand-alone class; it is also a highly recommended prerequisite to the more intensive two-day Level 2 course, Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems, which will be held in Little Rock, AR on October 3 & 4, 2018. Calculate the energy cost of…

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Advanced Compressed Air Training, Level 2 – Little Rock

October 3rd - 4th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 United States
Event Category:

Optimizing your compressed air systems can lead to higher productivity, energy savings, increased product quality and greater efficiency. This advanced training teaches you to develop a system profile and address point-of-use issues, including determining actual air quality requirements and investigating and reducing highest point-of-use pressure requirements. Collect and use data and tools to assess the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a compressed air system; Develop and use a system profile; Implement a system maintenance program; Address air quality, highest pressure requirements…

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Pump Maintenance and Best Practices – Springdale

October 23rd @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Springdale Water Utilities
526 Oak Street
Springdale, AR 72764 United States
Event Category:

This course teaches you how to avoid pump failures with defined maintenance and best practices. Centrifugal pumps in the industrial sector can reach mean-times-between failures (MTBFs) ranging from 6 months to as much as 10 years. Short MTBFs can be the result of issues or parameters that “someone” either misunderstood or chose to disregard. Many pump failure incidents can be avoided or addressed before becoming problematic by establishing a well defined maintenance program and best practices. Each attendee will also…

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Motor Systems Management for Reduced Energy Consumption – Fayetteville

October 24th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Arkansas – AT&T Conference Room
700 West Research Center Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72701 United States
Event Category:

Virtually every industrial sector and commercial building in the U.S. uses induction motors, operating from fractional horsepower to over 10,000 horsepower. As a result of their power consumption, electric motor-driven systems in industrial settings represent approximately 29% of global and 69% of industrial electricity consumption. In the U.S. alone, energy costs to operate electric motors are estimated at $362 billion per year. This one-day workshop on Motor Systems Management will discuss the total life cycle cost factors of an induction…

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November 2018


EEA AIRMaster + Specialist Qualification – Little Rock

November 6th - 9th @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pulaski Technical College – Business and Industry Center
3303 E. Roosevelt Road
Little Rock, AR 72206 United States
Event Category:

Earn recognition as a qualified specialist in the use of AIRMaster+ software by attending a three (3) and 1/2 day training program for compressed air system specialists. This class is underwritten and sponsored by Energy Efficiency Arkansas and will include classroom instruction, a practical exam testing hands-on measurement, and a written exam. Two instructors will be present at all times and the class size will be capped at 25. Registration for this training will also be limited to Arkansas companies…

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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