Industryweek Best Plants Conference

by : Thomas Cutler

Datacraft Solutions ( delivers a revolutionary digital kanban process of automation solutions to lean manufacturers through a secure Internet gateway, eliminating the need to install and maintain a complex IT infrastructure. The company has experienced significant growth in the past twelve months by eliminating complicated, expensive, time-intensive software implementations as well as extensive training regiments and the need for internal support. The Datacraft Solutions' replenishment supply chain digital kanban lean system allows customers access and fully utilize powerful lean benefits immediately for a low, predictable monthly fee. Services are scalable so manufacturers can design an appropriate digital kanban solution.

Datacraft Solutions is presenting at the IndustryWeek 2007 Best Plants Conference in Indianapolis, IN on April 24-25. The conference will include discussions of proven strategies, best practices and tools from the IW Best Plants past year's winners and nearly fifty other continuous-improvement experts. "Datacraft provides the manufacturing industry with supply chain management tools that directly address this theme," said Stephen Parker CEO and chairman of Datacraft. Parker will be speaking on "Employing Kanban to Win in the Competitive Global Market Place" on April 25, from 11:30-12:30.

General Session for the IndustryWeek event will include:

Developing a Continuous Improvement Strategy: You've determined that the only way to regain or maintain your competitive edge is to fully embrace continuous improvement across your operations. You're less certain, however, about how to approach this effort. In this panel discussion, IW's Best Plants winners will discuss how their journeys to continuous improvement began, outlining the steps they took in devising a plan of action.

Motivating Your Employees: Manufacturers can't drive manufacturing excellence throughout their organization without the cooperation and engagement of the entire workforce. And when continuous-improvement efforts falter or fail, the fault is frequently, although improperly, laid at the feet of "unmotivated" workforces. A lack of motivation is not an issue with IW's Best Plants winners, who universally identify their employees as their greatest assets. This panel discussion will discuss specific strategies and tactics IW Best Plants winners employ to create entire workforces with singular goals of excellence.

Sustaining Your Continuous Improvement Efforts: It's one thing to start on the road to manufacturing excellence. There's the newness of the endeavor, the quick wins as picking off "low-hanging fruit" leads to immediate performance improvements. Much harder is maintaining the drive to excel once it becomes clear that continuous improvement has no finish line, but instead is ongoing. Panelists at this general session will share their lessons learned in creating and maintaining a continuous-improvement culture.

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