Driving the Future at Subaru: Balancing the Need for Product Now with the Needs to Plan for the Future

Most manufacturers face two basic problems with solutions that often feel like they’re at odds with each other—getting as much high-quality product out of the door as possible every day and to be prepared for the future. How can you think about what’s coming in 10 years, 5 years or next week when you’re putting out daily fires and overcoming constant obstacles?  

At Subaru, we work to break that daily pattern with a culture of Continuous Improvement that leaves us the space needed to prepare for the needs of the future. 

Major advances in science and technology will bring additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and augmented reality to the forefront of our production lines and product development processes sooner than some people think. So, we must ask ourselves, “How a business can prepare to adapt to the evolving industrial world while supporting the manufacturing norms of every day?”  

Join us as we approach this complex question from the perspective of a manufacturing process engineer and industrial educator. We will discuss the healthy marriage of Human Machine Interface with the effective integration of new technology, data-driven decision-making and learning. By studying the facts first, we pave the way for sustainable innovation and growth ensuring that the pursuit of excellence is grounded in measurable results. 

Attendees for this session will take away: 

  • Lessons in seamlessly integrating Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma into organizational culture 
  • Keys to a continuous improvement culture anchored in data-driven decision-making 
  • Techniques for sustainable innovation and growth, grounded in measurable results 
  • An understanding that effective learning needs to be a fundamental transformative investment in time, money and resources 
  • How to generate a measured output of knowledge, capabilities and performance in the workforce 
  • How to align technology advancements, business goals and training objectives (failing to do so could put companies behind their competitors for a decade)
Elizabeth Parra Jason Lipscomb