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Meeting 2019 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Effective Business Improvement Methodologies for the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Industries
Organizer(s) Barry Sadler, Net Carbon Consulting Pty Ltd
Eric D. Schmidt, Vallourec Star
Robert W. Hyers, University of Massachusetts
Scope The Minerals, Metals, and Materials industries have used a proliferation of methodologies for Business Improvement over the past 20 years or so. These have included 6 Sigma in various forms, Lean manufacturing principles, 6 Sigma and Lean combined, Theory of Constraints, Statistical Process control and derivations such as "In Control and capable", Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Total Quality Management, Total Quality Control and so on. More recently, approaches such as Big data analysis or Analytics have been applied.

This symposium is intended as an opportunity to review the different approaches taken for Business Improvement in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials industries and share best practice.
Symposium presentations will be a combination of invited and submitted talks; proposed abstracts for submitted presentations are sought that demonstrate case studies of excellence in specific applications of Business Improvement methodologies in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials industries, especially where issues unique to these industries are addressed.

Abstracts Due 07/16/2018
Proceedings Plan Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume

Business Development Strategies and Approaches in Minerals, Metals and Materials - an Industrial Gas Supplier’s Perspective
Case Studies of Continuous Improvement Projects in the Metals Industry
Process Stability – The Key to Improvement in Mining, Smelting and Process Industries
The Value of Investigating and Trending Minor Failures to Prevent Major Incidents

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