August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA



Wednesday, August 24th from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Session Code: MFG19

Location: B312 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by: The Center for Lean Learning

Speaker: Brad Cairns, Partner: The Center for Lean Learning  

Who do Lean apply to best: What sector of woodworking can Lean thinking really benefit. Participants will leave with a keen understanding weather or not Lean is for them.

What is Lean manufacturing: A synopsis that will capture the essence of Lean manufacturing, where it started and the principles that make it so powerful. Participants will know how to see the things that are plaguing their manufacturing organization.

When is the best time to get started: We will present a cross section of companies that have engaged in Lean. Guests will be able to discern when is a good time to start that Lean culture. This segment will be jam packed with real examples, before and after pictures, and a short discussion on each.

Where do we apply it: What aspects of their business should Lean get applied to, Where to apply it for maximum impact on the organization.

Why do we need Lean: A short global prospectus, manufacturers need to be aware of what is happening around the globe. 50 years ago we competed with people in your local area, then it was your state, then your country, then the continent, now it’s a global market. How does Lean even the playing fiel

About Brad Cairns:  


Brad registered his first woodworking company at the age of 16. In his own words “there was just no other path for me, I love to build stuff”. Having done display cabinetry, full museum galleries, store fixtures (for large chains), Residential kitchens, component manufacturing & commercial millwork. After 25 years in business, he brings a vast knowledge of the woodworking industry.

His personal BHAG (Big Hairy audacious goal) is to transform the woodworking industry back into a fun and profitable sector of North American manufacturing.

An avid student of TPS (Toyota production systems) & TOC (Theory of Constraints) these combined manufacturing principles are the basis of his approach to business.

“Travelling the globe learning, and then being fortunate enough to be able to share that knowledge in a manner that helps transform companies and lives is what makes every second worth it”. – Brad Cairns, President Signature Wood Systems, Lean maniac.