Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE)

Mission: Our mission is to place qualified students within organizations where they can learn, grow and contribute by applying their knowledge of operational excellence to daily processes. Our goal to set employers up for success by providing them with quality employees that are equipped with the skills necessary to excel in the complex business environment and strive for world-class success.

2017 KCOE BUSINESS SUMMIT
Business leaders, how are you implementing continuous improvement?

You can hear from some of the most experienced leaders in the field Oct. 3 at the Operational Excellence Business Summit, hosted by the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence. The summit, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be held at the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

This gathering of learners and implementers of continuous improvement will feature experts across a wide range of industries, including metals, supply management, digital manufacturing, and industrial engineering. Registration fee is $75.00 if you register by Sept. 7, 2017 or $125.00 if you register after Sept. 7, 2017 up until the day of the summit.

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AGENDA  
3 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Terrance Smith
Executive Director, Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence

Dr. Gary Quinlivan
Dean, Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government

3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Dharmesh Ved
Stanley Black & Decker
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. Jim Baehr and Julianne Heins
Institute for Supply Management, Pittsburgh
3:50 - 4:10 p.m. Dr. Abbot Maginnis
Academic Coordinator, University of Kentucky
True Lean Systems Program
4:00 - 4:20 p.m. BREAK
4:20 - 4:40 p.m. Thomas McKee Jr.
Kennametal Inc.
4:40 - 5 p.m. Rick Haynes
Bechtel Corporation
5 - 5:20 p.m. Scott Gauvin
MARCRESCO
5:20 P.M. CLOSING REMARKS
5:25 p.m. RECEPTION
Three Foundationskcoe-foundations
Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of leaders must be clear to maintain mutual trust and respect, and to empower front-line colleagues.

Visual Management

Visual management is about SEEING problems as they occur.  It helps manage information in simple visual ways.  If we can see it, we can act on it.

Plan, Do, Check, Analyze/Act (PDCA)

PDCA is a mindset and thought process that should be used in everything we do in OE.  In each PDCA cycle we must make a good plan (Plan), Implement the plan on time (Do), Evaluate whether or not the desired results are being achieved (Check), Get back on target (Analyze/Act), and repeat the cycle constantly.  PDCA helps avoid experiencing recurring problems and it makes continual improvement possible by always challenging the new standard.

What to Expectkcoe-expectations
  • A program committed to creating opportunities for industry professionals and students to interact and build long lasting relationships
  • Talented students passionate about making a difference and promoting a culture of mutual respect
  • Students eager to join organizations and implement OE tools that improve inefficiencies, customer satisfaction and perform on a world-class level
  • A strong emphasis on the importance of creating organizational cultures focused on continuous improvement and problem solving
  • Quality students that understand the criticality of being able to balance both the human and operational sides of business
About Uskcoe-about

The KCOE can provide your organization with skilled individuals, trained in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent College.  These individuals are capable of providing added value to organizations and customers across a variety of industries.  The added value our students can provide is contributed to the constant focus on seeking ways to continuously improve, solve problems, and eliminate waste streams. 

OE Tools

Problem Solving
Balanced Scorecard
Kanban
Standard Work
One-Piece Flow
Master Planning

  • Terrance Smith, Executive Director, KCOE
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    “We are committed to increasing exposure for the KCOE program and our gifted students that are being educated in one of the top Master’s in Management programs in the country.  It is our responsibility to provide opportunities for these students to showcase their skills for organizations and show they are more than prepared for the challenges presented in such a volatile business environment.”