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Congratulations to recent CPIM recipient, Dragan Tomic!

Dragon Tomic, of Eaton's Cooper Industries, has recently earned his CPIM certification!

The APICS CPIM Certification is a series of five comprehensive tests covering terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement management, supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.

Dragan will be 'pinned' at a future PDM meeting with high accolades.  Those of us who have passed, and those who are in the processes of obtaining our certification, know what an achievement this is!

For additional information on the CPIM certification and what it can do for your career, see Dragan or click on this link:  http://www.apics.org/careers-education-professional-development/certification/cpim.

 

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Urban Manufacturing - Focusing on Continuous Improvement Changed our Culture

Our November PDM spotlighted Urban Manufacturing and how they were able to apply the principles of Continuous Improvement to make their already successful business even more successful.

Urban produces precision machined products for the medical equipment, electrical power and distribution, motorcycle parts and accessories and hydraulic component industries.  They recognized the need to make some cultural changes in order to continue to meet and exceed their customers’ expectations in a highly competitive industry.

Todd Stigler, Urban’s Continuous Improvement Coordinator, worked with Gary Kerslake of SVA Certified Public Accountants to implement a 5S (sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain) methodology which set the foundation for other future business process improvements.  Together with the senior management team they created a list of improvement suggestions and ranked them in level of priority. 

The highest priority item was identified as a need to increase machine throughput time by reducing machine setup time.  They created an action plan with accountabilities, start and target completion dates.  Once the data was gathered and analyzed, they determined that their ‘tooling’ was the primary issue.  A cross functional team was formed to brainstorm potential changes and, once they were implemented, a $100K savings on expendable tooling was recognized in the first year.

Stigler admitted that the changes were a bit uncomfortable at first, but with management support and heightened levels of communication, they were able to reduce nervousness and increase the confidence within the team in a short period of time.  Some of their success is attributed to their Continuous Improvement Board which is updated regularly with communication from the owners on the projects that are being implemented, work plans, savings and new shop procedures.  The board is located near the time clock for visibility by all employees.

Benefits of implementing their CI program is seen in a reduction of their backlog, consumables (inserts) inventory and expedite fees while recognizing and increase in throughput.  Customers have noticed the investment that Urban has put forth and have rewarded them with more work.

When asked what the main element of their success was, Stigler didn’t hesitate when he answered ‘communication.’  Once everyone understands their role in the bigger scheme of things, increased levels of productivity and creativity can easily follow.

For additional information, contact Gary Kerslake (kerslakeg@sva.com)

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See you at our next PDM on January 15th when we’ll discuss "Building a High Performance Workplace" with trainer and consultant, Christine McMahon.

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Platinum Award - 2013

Chapter Management Excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Recognition (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS
 Milwaukee Chapter received the 2013 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies your chapter’s commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience.

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APICS Certification Enhancements

The launch of global exam delivery earlier this month was the first of several enhancements APICS has planned in the coming months. The next set of improvements will be made to the certification maintenance program. We’re excited to provide you with a preview.

Streamlined Certification Maintenance

In early January 2014, designees will be able to maintain their certifications using a simpler process. While maintenance requirements remain the same, designees will no longer be required to report detailed maintenance activities to APICS in their maintenance application. Instead, designees will only be required to submit documentation if they are audited by APICS. In addition, applicants will be immediately notified if they will be audited or if their application has been accepted. These improvements are designed to simplify the maintenance process and encourage more designees to maintain their hard-earned certifications.

New APICS CPIM Recertification Exam—Limited Time Only

Also in early January, APICS will launch registration for a new recertification exam available only to APICS CPIM designees with suspended and expired certifications. The exam will be offered February–December, 2014, throughout the globe on an on-demand basis. This is an excellent opportunity for suspended and expired CPIM designees to reinstate their certification by taking one exam instead of the five normally required. The price is the same as one CPIM exam and an Authorization to Test will be needed.

Coming Soon—Certification Verification

In order to comply with industry best practices for publicizing certification credentials, APICS will introduce online certification verification beginning summer 2014. Prospective employers and other stakeholders will have a simple, easy way to verify certification status through the APICS website. This new option will elevate the credibility of APICS certification in the marketplace and protect the value of the credential for our designees.

Thank you for your support of APICS certification. If you have questions, please send an email to certification@apics.org.

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One free APICS CSCP retake for qualified candidates

For a limited time, candidates who take the APICS CSCP for the first time and do not pass are eligible for one retake exam at no cost. This offer is being extended to first-time candidates who take and do not pass the APICS CSCP exam sometime between September 21, 2013, and the end of 2013. Qualified retake candidates need to contact APICS at cscpexam@apics.org  no later than January 31, 2014 to take advantage of this limited-time offer. Qualified retake candidates will receive an exam credit that must be used within one year of date issued. All free retakes will be computer-based exams only. Ready to schedule an exam? Go to apics.org/att today.
   
             
      IMPORTANT APICS EXAM UPDATES      
     
Computer-based testing launched
APICS transitioned to computer-based testing worldwide on November 1.  APICS is now able to offer more testing locations and instant test results to all candidates globally. APICS CPIM and CSCP candidates need to obtain an Authorization to Test directly from APICS to schedule an exam. For more information, please go to apics.org/att.

Streamlined Certification Maintenance
In early January 2014, designees will be able to maintain their certifications using a simpler process. While maintenance requirements remain the same, designees will no longer be required to report detailed maintenance activities to APICS in their maintenance application. Instead, designees will only be required to submit documentation if they are audited by APICS. In addition, applicants will be immediately notified if they will be audited or if their application has been accepted. These improvements are designed to simplify the maintenance process and encourage more designees to maintain their hard-earned certifications. 

New APICS CPIM Recertification Exam—Limited Time Only
Also in early January 2014, APICS will launch registration for a new recertification exam available only to APICS designees with suspended and expired certifications. The exam will be offered February–December, 2014, throughout the globe on an on-demand basis. This is an excellent opportunity for suspended and expired CPIM designees to reinstate their certification by taking one exam instead of the five normally required. The price is the same as one CPIM exam and an Authorization to Test will be needed.

Coming Soon—Certification Verification
In order to comply with industry best practices for publicizing certification credentials, APICS will introduce online certification verification beginning summer 2014. Prospective employers and other stakeholders will have a simple, easy way to verify certification status through the APICS website. This new option will elevate the credibility of APICS certification in the marketplace and protect the value of the credential for our designees.

Upcoming APICS CPIM and CSCP testing windows
The 2014 and 2015 testing windows have been announced! Please seeapics.org/cpim and apics.org/cscp for details.
     
      ADVANCE YOUR CAREER IN THE NEW YEAR      
     
View the latest job postings on the APICS Career Center

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Use whitepapers and webinars to perfect your résumé
APICS white papers and webinars can help you leverage your skills in the booming field of supply chain and operations management. Take advantage of this free resource to get the most out of your job search.

 

     
      FOCUS ON EDUCATION IN 2014      
     
Local APICS partners offer educational and networking opportunities
Connecting with your local APICS partner will give you opportunities to participate in events with other APICS members. APICS services are available across the globe, in more than 60 countries worldwide. APICS works with local affiliates to provide APICS certification exams, education and training, and membership services close to you.
Top 3 research reports
APICS research provides members with useful information on the latest trends and topics in supply chain and operations management. Members-only research reports are a free benefit with your APICS membership.
 

 

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Join the conversation on the Operations Management Now community on APICS Supply Chain Channel
This community is available only to APICS members and will feature dynamic discussions guided by each week's APICS Supply Chain Management Now e-newsletter. APICS Supply Chain Management Now's  coverage of supply chain and operations management in the news offers insights into how current events relate to the APICS body of knowledge, the economy, and your work.
To get started in this community, simply log on to the APICS Supply Chain Channel. Under My Communities, click on APICS Supply Chain Management Now.
     
      PLAN AHEAD FOR 2014 APICS EVENTS      
     
Advance registration is now open for the following APICS 2014 events! Be sure to reserve your spot early to take advantage of the best-in-class education, networking and educational opportunities in the coming year.
 
April 17-18, 2014 | Shanghai, China
 
Best of the Best S&OP Conference Europe
May 15–16, 2014 | Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Best of the Best S&OP Conference
June 12–13, 2014 | Chicago, IL
 
October 19-21, 2014 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
 
APICS 2014 Dubai
November 12-13, 2014 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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