President's Message

Andrall Pearson, whose career included stints as president of Pepsi-Co and chief executive of the fast-food business now known as Yum brands, preached disciplined innovation.  He argued that while few companies achieve it, consistent innovation which creates value for both customers and potential customers results in outstanding competitive performance.

Innovation that creates value is a huge scholarly and practical topic, including the characteristics of organizations that do it well, as well as the process steps along the path of conceiving, evaluating, and implementing new innovations.  When those process steps are applied to the development of new manufactured products, prototypes fill an important role with significant downstream consequences.  While prototypes permit physical “hands-on” testing, they also can also lock in decisions with consequences for ease of manufacture, product safety and reliability, materials of construction, vendors, raw material lead times, and recycling and reverse logistics.  Two strategies to mitigate against locking in bad consequences are: using a proven engineering process to design prototypes intelligently, and making prototypes quickly to allow for either more extensive testing or the manufacture of more prototypes to cover a larger swath of the potential design space.

Come and join us at our next event. Our speaker Richard Bergs, a TMAC master trainer for Technology Driven Market Intelligence, will present “Rapid Prototyping” at the August 7th Professional Development Meeting.

Frequent Chapter Programs

Development Meetings

Professional Development Meetings are typically held monthly.  Local, regional and national speakers are featured presenting assorted topics of interest to today's operations professionals.
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Seminars & Workshops

Time too tight for extended classes?  Attend a part or full day seminar to pickup new knowledge  on areas of interest to you and your company.  Seminars & Workshops are held periodically on topics of Operations Management and Production and Inventory Control.
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Plant Tours

Our plant tours feature leading companies from across our region and provide the opportunity to learn by seeing how theory is put into practice.  They also provide benchmarking opportunities and foster the sharing of best practices and professional networking.
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In-House Courses

We offer on-site training in a variety of formats.
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Since 1973, the CPIM program has educated more than 75,000 manufacturing professionals on essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.
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The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.

The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer—and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company's value chain. Read More.

Sponsor Recognition

We would like to give a special "Thank You!" to the sponsors of our monthly Professional Development Meetings: 

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring a Professional Development Meeting, please contact the Chapter President at:

Sponsors receive the following benefits:

  • A table to display and distribute literature
  • Speical recognition during PDM announcements