General Meeting: October 2019 - Lean Rapid Plant Assessment for More Effective Audits

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Problem Statement:   Have you ever felt that the plant tour was a waste of time at the start of your audit?  Adding aspects of the Lean Rapid Plant Assessment to your audits can add significant value to those tours and your audit reports.  The Lean Rapid Plant Assessment will allow you to maximize the return on a typical plant tour for audits where assessing Lean, Efficiency or Effectiveness is an important goal.

In this presentation, we will cover a brief history and background of the Rapid Plant Assessment methodology as created by Dr. R. Eugene Woodson. We will cover what the RPA is, and also what it is not.  We will discuss the benefits of the RPA, and how and why the RPA can be used in appropriate audit situations.  Next, we will go through the details of the two assessment tools that make up the RPA and discuss how they are used, with real life examples.  We will then conclude with opportunities to discuss more real life or general examples from Dr. Woodson’s work, along with some analysis and discussion about the long term benefits of use of the RPA method over time to identify improvements and show progress.
Kevin is the Director of Quality Assurance at Cantel Medical and is a quality and regulatory executive manager and leader with over 29 years’ international experience in quality management, product development, manufacturing, and regulatory approval for medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, defense and aerospace, mining and exploration, as well as industrial equipment and controls.  He is an active practitioner and also occasionally consults, trains, writes, and speaks on quality management, auditing, innovation, and medical devices. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas to which he’s added an MBA in international business from Penn State. 
 Kevin has co-authored two books in the Quality arena; The Executive Guide to Innovation, and The Supplier Quality Professional Handbook, both from Quality Press.  Kevin has been an instructor and course developer with ASQ since 2009, teaching the CQA Refresher, the CSQP Refresher, and the CCT Refresher in particular.  Kevin is the Education and Training Chair as well as Chair Elect (2020) for the ASQ Audit Division, a founding member of the Innovation Division of ASQ, and an ASQ Senior Member, with certifications as a CQA, CBA, CMQ/OE, CQE, CSQP, CSQE, CCT, CSSGB, and CQT.  Kevin also has held the RAC certification for the EU from RAPS.
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