Lean Manufacturing/Process Improvement

Embracing and incorporating Lean Manufacturing tools and Processs Improvement techniques is a "must" for business success in the 21st century.  Lean is a phrase commonly used to describe a family of tools and techniques which are used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization.  The benefits of lean include:

  • reduced cycle times
  • shorter lead times to customers
  • increased capacity for production lines and facilities
  • decreased costs
  • reduced work in process
  • reduced inventory expense

The World Class Training Center, in partnership with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), offers a variety of courses that help to your organization develop and implement lean strategies.

Lean 101
This 8 hour course offers participants an opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of implementing lean manufacturing techniques. Participants apply various techniques in a mock manufacturing facility and measure the impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

Lean for Job Shops
This 8 hour course offers participants an opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of implementing lean manufacturing techniques in a job shop environment. Participants apply various tools and techniques in a simulated job shop manufacturing facility and measure the impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.

Lean Office
Lean manufacturing is now being applied to more than just the shop floor. Learn to make your company's office operate more efficiently through hands-on experience.

Value Stream Mapping
When implemented, Value Stream Mapping gives tremendous insight into the value-added steps in the production process. This helps to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement.

5S
The 5S methodology (named for 5 Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, shitsuke) covers 5 steps to creating and maintaining an orderly work environment.

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED/Quick Changeover)
SMED training offers participants step-by-step guidance in learning and applying quick changeover techniques. Streamlining machine set-ups and changeovers is discussed and participants are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
TPM is an approach used to keep machines operational and functioning at optimum performance levels. When implemented, the techniques covered in class will help prevent loss of machine time due to breakdowns, idle time, prolonged changeovers, setups, and poor quality.

Visual Factory
Visual Factory provides for improved communication and visual cues which facilitate employee productivity. Participants in this course will experience hands-on application exercises.

Kanban/Pull Systems
Kanban means "signal" and is a device for indicating the need to replenish materials. A Kanban or pull system controls the flow of resources during a production process and replaces only what has been consumed by the customer - delivering the right amount of material to the right place exactly when it is needed.  Experienced experts help you implement a pull system based on actual customer demand and consumption rather than forecasting.

Kaizen Event Facilitation
Kaizen means "change for the good" and is an intensive and focused approach to process improvement. A Kaizen Blitz is a continuous improvement event that uses Lean tools, a team approach, brainstorming, and problem solving to quickly improve a specific area or situation. Conducting a Kaizen event provides immediate, tangible results and motivation for ongoing continuous improvement. The benefits of kaizen events include direct employee involvement, improved communication, investment in creativity rather than capital expenditure, employees are more capable of thinking from a business perspective, smoother more successful implementation of change due to team approach.

Theory of Constraints (TOC)
Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a management philosophy that enables systems to achieve higher performance in relation to their goal. When the system is a for-profit business, the goal is making more money in the present and in the future. Every system has at least one constraint which prevents it from achieving higher performance relative to its goal. Our TOC training encompasses the basic Theory of Constraints, categories of constraints, and the focusing steps utilized to improve system throughput.

Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a measure of quality that strives for near perfection. It is a statistically driven methodology for eliminating defects and reducing variation in both products and processes.

For information on Lean Six Sigma course offerings, please see our Quality Page.

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