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APICS PDM with ASQ - Lean Supply Chain/ Human Factors, Human Performance, and Safety Systems

March 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Holiday Inn
265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752

Join us for a joint PDM with APICS and ASQ 

March 15th, 2018

Holiday Inn, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA

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6pm Pre-Dinner Topic:  Lean Supply Chain Workshop presented by Richard Bivins

The workshop will focus on how supply chain can be improved using Lean tools and techniques.

Richard Bivins is an experienced production and supply chain professional whose industrial experience encompasses heavy, high-tech and military systems development and production, Theory of Constraints, Lean Six Sigma With CPIM, CSCP certifications plus Lean Expert, Lean Six Sigma Champion, and Master Black Belt, he is highly effective in solving problems creatively, on time and under budget. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Chapter of APICS.

A native of Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from West Texas A&M University and did graduate early-stage work in microeconomic industrial behavioral psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego and holds State of Massachusetts Educator licenses in Business and History.

Presenter Richard Bivins is a consultant and trainer for QPS, international consulting and training firm which HQ is located in Marlborough, MA.

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6:45 Dinner Buffet

7:30 Post Dinner Topic: Human Factors, Human Performance, and Safety Systems – presented by Dr. Cher Nicholas 

Today’s work systems are mostly directed by machines (automation, vision systems, etc.). In many cases, the machine is viewed as the “performance system” and errors are generally directed to the human worker. However, what is seldom considered is the capacity and constraints of the human-machine system and how errors can occur in complex technical systems.

Dr. Nicholas will discuss some topics in human factors which shed light on why and how human errors can be made.

Cher Nicholas is a multidisciplinary engineer and researcher. She has her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering specializing in Human Factors, Psychology, and Human Error. Her research studied the impact of interruptions on human performance and included developing error mitigation techniques to improve performance and safety. Her work in Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering methods contributes to a risk management process by identifying the knowledge experts use to solve complex problems. She also focuses on the human-machine interface issues that is often overlooked in identifying solutions to improve safety and quality enterprise systems. She holds four certifications from the American Society for Quality; CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, CSSBB and is certified as an ISO 9001:2008 Lead Quality Auditor. She is also certified as a Master Lean Practitioner from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.


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