Delphi's 'Journey to Lean' Presented at Annual Conference

Supplier's 'Change Agent' to detail successful manufacturing practices



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Delphi Automotive Systems

    DEARBORN, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Find a change agent, get the
 knowledge, seize or create the crisis.  These three points sound like top
 secret steps in a "Mission Impossible" assignment, yet in reality they are the
 first three of seven items in an action plan for lean manufacturing, adopted
 and implemented by Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE:   DPH).
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001019/DELPHIAS )
     "Lean principles and practices are inventive, but not impossible -- we
 believe successful lean practices are worth sharing," said Edward W. Northern,
 director of worldwide manufacturing operations for Delphi Energy & Chassis
 Systems.  "To remain competitive and meet future market needs, manufacturing
 organizations must continue to evolve."
     Northern is a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Lean Manufacturing
 Conference, sponsored by the University of Michigan and the Lean Enterprise
 Institute.  This year's speakers will address the theme, "OEMs and Suppliers:
 Partners in Lean?"
     The conference will be held at Dearborn's Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 30 -
 May 2.  Discussions will be led by manufacturing consultant John Shook, known
 by many for his work with Toyota and his affiliation with the Lean Enterprise
 Institute and the University of Michigan; and Jeff Liker, director of the U of
 M's Japan Technology Institute Program, the unit sponsoring the event.  The
 keynote address at this year's conference will be given by Thomas T.
 Stallkamp, CEO and vice chairman of MSX International, Inc.
     Besides Northern, James P. Womack, founder of the Lean Enterprise
 Institute, Graham Loewy, manager of total cost management at Ford Motor
 Company, Stephen J. Hesselbrock, director of operations and Michael J. Wright,
 general manager of human resources both of Trim Masters, Inc. will address the
 conference.
     Workshops will be held on a wide variety of topics including value stream
 mapping, creating continuous flow, heijunka planning for internal operations
 and supply base, cost and performance measures in a lean system, organization
 and leadership for value stream mapping, and working with suppliers in lean
 product development.
     "Lean is thinking in a very distinct way," said Donald L. Runkle,
 executive vice president of Delphi Automotive Systems and the company's
 manufacturing task team leader.  "It's not obvious, it's not common sense and
 it's not intuitive.  As a member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, we feel
 these information-sharing sessions significantly help promote a better global
 manufacturing environment.  Delphi is proud to be represented."
     "Lean works by developing the knowledge and putting that knowledge to work
 by involving your leadership in implementing the principles," explained
 Northern.  "The role of leadership must be to first learn, then teach and
 finally implement the philosophies."  Northern's presentation, "Delphi's
 Journey to Lean," will detail the company's manufacturing practices.  Northern
 will speak on Wednesday morning, May 2.
     Northern will allow conference participants to experience the Delphi
 Manufacturing System, detailing powerful data on improvements in manufacturing
 costs and ship window compliance, and reductions in customer returns.
     According to Northern, over the history of production, manufacturing
 systems have evolved from craft to mass to synchronous and then lean
 manufacturing processes.  He said he believes that each subsequent stage
 realizes gains in capabilities within a particular manufacturing operation.
 "It's up to the leadership to involve everyone in the adaptation of lean.
     "Empower your people," said Northern.  "That's the first step.  Then, give
 them the tools they need and step out of their way.  Real leadership in a lean
 environment is both responsibility and involvement."
     Information on the 2001 Lean Manufacturing Conference can be found at
 www.umich.edu/~umjtmp or lean.org .
     For more information about Delphi Automotive Systems, please visit
 Delphi's Virtual PressRoom at www.delphiauto.com/vpr .
     About Edward Northern: Edward W. Northern is director of worldwide
 manufacturing operations for Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems.  He began his
 manufacturing career at General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group where he
 spent 24 years in various leadership positions.  In 1992, he joined United
 Technology Corporation's (UTC) Turbine Division of Pratt & Whitney as general
 manager, then was named president of UTC's Automotive Interiors Systems in
 1995.  He also spent time as vice president and general manager of
 Interturbine Dallas and the Aerospace division of SKF/MRC.
     Northern joined General Motors Corp. in March 1998.  In his current role
 with Delphi, Northern has overall responsibility for the division's 78
 worldwide manufacturing operations.
     Northern earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management from the
 University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in business administration from
 Xavier University.
     He is known worldwide for his "lean" production approach to manufacturing.
 His principles are detailed in the book, "Lean Thinking," by James P. Womack
 and Daniel T. Jones (Simon & Schuster, 1996), and have been covered by media
 during the last decade.  Northern's implementation of lean is also recounted
 in various case studies, "Pratt & Whitney North Haven, A Profile of Strategic
 Change Management in Manufacturing," Yale School of Management, 1996;
 "Transformation of Pratt & Whitney North Haven," Harvard Business School,
 1995; and "Turbine Airfoil Product Center," M.I.T., 1996.
 
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    DEARBORN, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Find a change agent, get the
 knowledge, seize or create the crisis.  These three points sound like top
 secret steps in a "Mission Impossible" assignment, yet in reality they are the
 first three of seven items in an action plan for lean manufacturing, adopted
 and implemented by Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE:   DPH).
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001019/DELPHIAS )
     "Lean principles and practices are inventive, but not impossible -- we
 believe successful lean practices are worth sharing," said Edward W. Northern,
 director of worldwide manufacturing operations for Delphi Energy & Chassis
 Systems.  "To remain competitive and meet future market needs, manufacturing
 organizations must continue to evolve."
     Northern is a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Lean Manufacturing
 Conference, sponsored by the University of Michigan and the Lean Enterprise
 Institute.  This year's speakers will address the theme, "OEMs and Suppliers:
 Partners in Lean?"
     The conference will be held at Dearborn's Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 30 -
 May 2.  Discussions will be led by manufacturing consultant John Shook, known
 by many for his work with Toyota and his affiliation with the Lean Enterprise
 Institute and the University of Michigan; and Jeff Liker, director of the U of
 M's Japan Technology Institute Program, the unit sponsoring the event.  The
 keynote address at this year's conference will be given by Thomas T.
 Stallkamp, CEO and vice chairman of MSX International, Inc.
     Besides Northern, James P. Womack, founder of the Lean Enterprise
 Institute, Graham Loewy, manager of total cost management at Ford Motor
 Company, Stephen J. Hesselbrock, director of operations and Michael J. Wright,
 general manager of human resources both of Trim Masters, Inc. will address the
 conference.
     Workshops will be held on a wide variety of topics including value stream
 mapping, creating continuous flow, heijunka planning for internal operations
 and supply base, cost and performance measures in a lean system, organization
 and leadership for value stream mapping, and working with suppliers in lean
 product development.
     "Lean is thinking in a very distinct way," said Donald L. Runkle,
 executive vice president of Delphi Automotive Systems and the company's
 manufacturing task team leader.  "It's not obvious, it's not common sense and
 it's not intuitive.  As a member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, we feel
 these information-sharing sessions significantly help promote a better global
 manufacturing environment.  Delphi is proud to be represented."
     "Lean works by developing the knowledge and putting that knowledge to work
 by involving your leadership in implementing the principles," explained
 Northern.  "The role of leadership must be to first learn, then teach and
 finally implement the philosophies."  Northern's presentation, "Delphi's
 Journey to Lean," will detail the company's manufacturing practices.  Northern
 will speak on Wednesday morning, May 2.
     Northern will allow conference participants to experience the Delphi
 Manufacturing System, detailing powerful data on improvements in manufacturing
 costs and ship window compliance, and reductions in customer returns.
     According to Northern, over the history of production, manufacturing
 systems have evolved from craft to mass to synchronous and then lean
 manufacturing processes.  He said he believes that each subsequent stage
 realizes gains in capabilities within a particular manufacturing operation.
 "It's up to the leadership to involve everyone in the adaptation of lean.
     "Empower your people," said Northern.  "That's the first step.  Then, give
 them the tools they need and step out of their way.  Real leadership in a lean
 environment is both responsibility and involvement."
     Information on the 2001 Lean Manufacturing Conference can be found at
 www.umich.edu/~umjtmp or lean.org .
     For more information about Delphi Automotive Systems, please visit
 Delphi's Virtual PressRoom at www.delphiauto.com/vpr .
     About Edward Northern: Edward W. Northern is director of worldwide
 manufacturing operations for Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems.  He began his
 manufacturing career at General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group where he
 spent 24 years in various leadership positions.  In 1992, he joined United
 Technology Corporation's (UTC) Turbine Division of Pratt & Whitney as general
 manager, then was named president of UTC's Automotive Interiors Systems in
 1995.  He also spent time as vice president and general manager of
 Interturbine Dallas and the Aerospace division of SKF/MRC.
     Northern joined General Motors Corp. in March 1998.  In his current role
 with Delphi, Northern has overall responsibility for the division's 78
 worldwide manufacturing operations.
     Northern earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management from the
 University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in business administration from
 Xavier University.
     He is known worldwide for his "lean" production approach to manufacturing.
 His principles are detailed in the book, "Lean Thinking," by James P. Womack
 and Daniel T. Jones (Simon & Schuster, 1996), and have been covered by media
 during the last decade.  Northern's implementation of lean is also recounted
 in various case studies, "Pratt & Whitney North Haven, A Profile of Strategic
 Change Management in Manufacturing," Yale School of Management, 1996;
 "Transformation of Pratt & Whitney North Haven," Harvard Business School,
 1995; and "Turbine Airfoil Product Center," M.I.T., 1996.
 
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