Meeting/Event Information

Deferred - March PDM - Improving Factory Throughput

March 18, 2020
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

Event deferred to April due to COVID-19 concerns. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and make a decision on the April event prior to April 1st.


Improving Factory Throughput

Developing Shop Floor Analytics (Where to Start First)

By: Kevin Condy and Ramy Qaraein (BCIT Business Operations Management Students)

You’re invited to attend the following APICS Fraser Valley / BCIT event:

Wednesday March 18th (dinner meeting): Improving Factory Throughput

Twice per year the BCIT Business Operations Management Program, in cooperation with our Industry Partners, places teams of students into those organizations to work on “real world” process improvement projects.

Join us on the evening of Wednesday March 18th for a look inside an actual process improvement project as Kevin Condy and Ramy Qaraein, two BCIT Business Operations Management students, profile their Fall 2019 process improvement project which was conducted at Pacific Particulate Materials (PPM) a manufacturer of custom ceramic, cermet and metal powder blends (PPM is one of a handful of companies worldwide that can produce these specialized powders).

Kevin and Ramy will walk us though the steps that they took including:

  • Initial investigation of symptoms and agreement on scope (Terms of Reference)
  • Developing shop floor measurement systems to confirm constraint operations (how “numbers” were collected to quantify current operations)
  • Quantifying actual work centre performance (machine utilization and efficiency)
  • Recommendations to redirect planned expansion into operational improvement to optimize existing capacity
  • Recommendations to implement shop floor measurement systems (software) to enable real time visibility of factory operations (for continuous improvement)


This will be of particular interest to any organization interested in developing a plan of attack to identify key factory areas where improving throughput will impact profitability. Kevin and Ramy will profile how they applied tools learned in the classroom to “the real world” and how you can use the same techniques to improve your operations, or, if you prefer, how you can engage BCIT students to do similar projects at your facility.

For additional information and to register for the Wednesday March 18th dinner meeting, click here: Register Now


$40.00 PDM Member Ticket
$45.00 after 07:00 pm March 10

$45.00 PDM Non-Member Ticket
$50.00 after 07:00 pm March 10

$25.00 Student Ticket