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'Running the Risk: The Future of Supply Chain Excellence' - March 12, 2015

The looming threat of the “hundred-year event” coupled with growing visibility of the global supply chain has many companies working overtime to “bulletproof” their organizations, but risk measures often lead to built-in redundancies and other measures that run counter to lean principles. How, then, can an organization with a legacy of lean, robust processes reduce its risk profile without turning back the clock on progress?

This all-day forum features Alicia Hammersmith, general manager of the materials value stream at GE Aviation. Hammersmith will be co-presenting with COE Associate Director and award-winning supply chain researcher and professor Tom Goldsby on their progress in balancing these two crucial priorities, kicking off a day that includes a hands-on group workshop and discussion panel.

GE Aviation has proven progressive in tracing its supply chains all the way back to raw material extraction. In doing so, it uncovered a dependency on rare-earth minerals sourced almost entirely in China and has since sought to “engineer out” these materials in their engine components. The division also leads the way in the adoption of additive manufacturing techniques using 3-D printers for critical engine parts. By the year 2020, GE Aviation expects to produce more than 100,000 parts through these innovative manufacturing techniques. The company has taken these measures against the backdrop of their operational excellence heritage, rich in lean and six sigma practices.

  • Date: Thursday, March 12
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (catered lunch provided
  • Pre-register now (formal registration opens week of 2/16)

Leading Through Excellence summit - April 8-10, 2015

Site: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

COE's third-annual three-day summit once again will feature a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plant tours, workshops, and networking events. Registration opened on Nov. 10!

Visit the official summit site to take a look at featured content and register.

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • June 5, 2015 - IT Leadership Network forum
  • June 11 - Tour of GE Appliances innovation operation
  • Aug. 28, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting
  • Nov. 6, 2015 - Quarterly Professional Development Meeting