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February 19, 2013 in San Diego, CA

21st Annual International Conference on ISO 9000

Doug Speaking
Doug Anton presents a brief review of the aerospace industry dynamics behind the Rev. C changes to AS9100 and the additional impact of AS9101. This revision means much more than changes to the standard. It showcases the heightened expectations of the prime aerospace companies to cull the supply base and dramatically improve quality, delivery, lead-time and cost.

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2012 WAI Operations Summit May 21, 2012 in Dallas, TX

Taming the Compliance Beast: Five Ways to Make ISO 9001 Worthwhile

This course describes a blueprint for implementing an ISO 9001 quality management system. Related standards; AS9100, ISO 14001, TS 16949 and ISO 13485 are included. Real life examples are used to illustrate a variety of applications throughout these five proven actions.

  1. Include only value-added processes.
  2. Aim for simple and concise documentation (more is not better).
  3. Integrate all ISO 9001 activities into the company’s day-to-day business.
  4. Make sure senior executives are committed and involved.
  5. Engage a registrar with excellent credentials and auditors.

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May 2-5, 2011 in Atlanta, GA

Interwire Trade Exposition, Interwire 2011 is alive with Possibilities

“Twelve years with ISO 9001 / AS9100–reflections on benefits, challenges, and the future,” by Michael Weiss, Whitmor/Wirenetics, and Doug and Carole Anton, AEM Consulting Group, Inc., USA

Doug speaking The ISO/AS system of Whitmor/Wirenetics has played a key role in that company’s recent success, supporting steady growth and profitability. The company president shares his candid points of view on developing and living with a quality management system. He is joined by the consultant who guided the company through the AS9100 process to provide a concise look at the methodology used to design, document, implement, maintain and improve that system.

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March 24, 2011 in Carson City, NV

Free Nevada Industry Excellence Business Leader Presentation

Executive Leadership for Successful Lean Enterprise – Double Digit improvement in quality, lead-time and cost effectiveness.

Join Nevada Industry Excellence Affiliate Doug Anton March 24 for a business leader presentation. This talk discusses the high-level aspects of leading an organization into a continuous improvement operating philosophy. This is not a sales presentation. There is no cost to attend.

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February 28-March 1, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ

2011 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference — Enhancing the Customer Experience With Lean and Six Sigma

Lean Works in the Good Times
and the Bad Times

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Presenter: Douglas Anton, AEM Consulting Group Inc.
Focus Area: Cost, Waste, and Defect Reduction
Audience: Manufacturing
Level: Moderate

This presentation features a case study of a traditional high volume precision metals products company, transitioning into the new reality of small quantities and short delivery times, while maintaining impeccable quality. Alger Manufacturing Inc., over its 50-year history, has grown and evolved to become a dominate U.S. precision machined products supplier. Alger built a two-tiered approach that selected, supported, and completed key improvement projects, directly targeting the reduction of defects, costs, and lead time.

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Nov. 9, 2010 in Reno, NV

Nevada Industry Excellence Manufacturing Conference, Executive Leadership for Successful Lean Enterprise

Doug at workshopThis presentation focuses on providing clear and succinct details of the dramatic improvements possible with lean and how to accomplish the task. Beginning with Doug’s first efforts at a Carson City manufacturer in 1986 and continuing through 17 years as a consultant working with small companies, he’s learned common traits of executives and owners that bring about successful lean transformation.

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Sept. 14, 2010 in Reno, NV

Doug Anton Speaking at ISO Overview Workshop hosted by AEM, Bureau Veritas & Nevada Industry Excellence

Doug at workshopA comprehensive overview to provide professionals the knowledge of the various ISO standards including ISO 9001-2008, ISO 13485, AS9100, ISO 14001, and TS 16949. Plus the latest news and trends in Quality Certifications.

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Press Coverage Featuring AEM

AEM celebrates its 20th anniversary

Wire Journal International writes about AEM Consulting Group’s 20th anniversary 

“AEM Consulting Group, which is run by the husband-wife team of Doug and Carole Anton, this year celebrates its 20th year of helping companies – which include wire and cable manufacturers-“achieve and maintain a competitive edge.”

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Webinar showed how company was able to ‘branch’ out from ISO AS9100

Wire Journal International writes about a webinar detailing the successes AEM had with Whitmor/Wirenetics 

“WAI’s webinar series for 2011 ended with recollections and advice from Whitmor/Wirenetics President Michael Weiss, who on Dec. 6 shared his company’s experience developing and living with ISO 9001/AS9100.”

“AEM Consulting Group, Inc., who guided Whitmor through the ISO/AS process and discussed the methodology used to design, doc- ument, implement, maintain and improve their system.”

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Which Way Do You LEAN?

Plant Engineering Magazine Interviews AEM’s Doug Anton:

At its core, Lean manufacturing is about taking waste out of the manufacturing process. It means finding the hidden barriers to productivity through a systematic, system-wide approach to how everything on the plant floor gets done. It is measured, precise and unyielding.

“Lean is always a journey,” said consultant Douglas Anton, president of the AEM Consulting Group. “You don’t get there in six months.”

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Past AEM Events

Three Keys to Continuous Improvement

APICs Carson City

Event: 2008 International Conference on ISO 9000
Where: Orlando, FL
When: March 3-4, 2008

How can a company ensure that it is leveraging its ISO system to create an environment where dramatic, progressive change and innovation can occur? Doug Anton will discuss The ISO 9001 quality management framework’s built-in process for continuous improvement during his presentation at the 2008 International Conference on ISO 9000.

This presentation will illustrate how three important elements of an ISO system — Management ReviewsInternal Audits and the Preventive/Corrective action process — provide the keys to continuous improvement, and continued business success.

Once a company has invested time and money to obtain ISO 9001 registration, it should keep moving forward and improving. This can be a difficult juggling act, but the Management Reviews, Internal Audits and Corrective and Preventive Actions inherent in a well-designed ISO 9001 management system provide the keys to keep the established system working and improving according to plan.

The 2008 International Conference on ISO 9000 is sponsored in association with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida, on March 3-4, 2008 

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Value Stream Mapping: Discovering the Potential Within – 2 Cases Studies 

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Event: Joint APICS-SWE Dinner Meeting
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: April 8, 2008

Real life application experience, with results and lessons learned, will be the focus of this event. In his presentation, Doug Anton will provide two case studies:

  • a Lean project in a small machine shop, with double-digit net profit growth results, and
  • a food manufacturer where value stream mapping produced a design and plan resulting in 40 days reduced internal lead-time.

See the benefits of Lean illustrated by actual results achieved at the profiled companies. This session provides an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of:

  • Value Stream Mapping and how it helps you get the most from Lean efforts
  • Designing more efficient (lean) processes
  • How improved flow from order receipt through shipment improves profitability.

Analyzing how these companies produce and deliver goods to customers revealed where there was waste. Applying Continuous Improvement – Kaizen approaches to eliminate waste produced dramatic improvement.

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Lean Success in a Small Shop

ASQ Arizona

Event: 2008 ASQ Lean Six Sigma Conference
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: February 11-12, 2008

Many organizations trying to implement lean manufacturing methods fall short of the success they can and should achieve. Doug Anton will discuss how to get the most from your efforts in his presentation “Lean Success in a Small Shop” at the 2008 ASQ Lean Six Sigma Conference.

In this presentation, Doug will provide a case study of a Lean/Six-Sigma project in a small machine shop, which resulted in double-digit net profit growth. Attendees will learn the techniques for getting the most from their Lean/Six-Sigma efforts.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to evaluate and choose the appropriate Lean manufacturing tools and techniques to provide maximum value.
  • See how improved flow from order receipt through shipment improves profitability.
  • Experience the benefits of Lean as illustrated by actual results achieved at the profiled company.

2008 ASQ Lean Six Sigma Conference is sponsored by American Society for Quality and is being held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ, Feb 11-12, 2008. Conference registration is required.

Audit…It’s not a scary word if you take this workshop!

Doug Speaking
Event: ISO 9001:2000 Internal Auditor Workshop
Reno, Nevada
When: March 21-22, 2007

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This unique approach to internal auditor training allows participants to perform actual audits with the help of a professional coach.

Register online at

Participants will:

  • Understand basic auditing methodology
  • Perform advanced process auditing
  • Form audit teams
  • Review and understand the ISO 9001:2000 standard
  • Compare company documentation to the ISO standard
  • Perform live audits on actual company processes
  • Document and present audit findings

Registration: $549 includes lunch and the following materials: ISO 9001:2000 Standard, ISO 9001 Survival Guide and a workbook with CD including auditing procedures, checklists and forms.

InstructorDoug Anton has almost two decades of ISO 9000 experience and has guided scores of diverse companies through successful ISO implementations.Doug at the Whiteboard