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Product Material Logistics

Lean production and material logistics is the backbone of the lean enterprise. It includes basic introduction to lean concepts and tools, and techniques to flowing the product at the demand of the internal and external customer.

Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Principles of Lean Manufacturing (with live simulation) is an overview class that provides a foundation for all other classes in the series. Participants begin by manufacturing various assemblies in a traditional manufacturing setting. The results of the first simulation round will provide the setting for continuous improvement by applying the lean manufacturing principles. Participants will have the knowledge of understanding the 8 wastes in manufacturing. A mixture of lecture and hands-on simulations will teach lessons in standardized work, workplace organization, visual controls, set-up reduction, batch size reduction, point of use storage, quality at the source, workforce practices, and pull systems. Each is designed to eliminate waste in the manufacturing processes. Available as a training workshop.

Standardized Work & Cellular/Flow Manufacturing

This hands-on course teaches how to link and balance manufacturing operations to reduce lead times, minimize work in process, optimize floor space usage, and improve productivity. The instructor will lead the class through the 5-step process for designing and implementing work cells. This process applies to both assembly and fabrication applications.

Pull/Kanban Systems

Students will learn how to control shop floor inventory and production schedules by implementing pull systems. This course teaches how to design and implement a visually driven, employee-controlled material replenishment system. Participants also learn how to implement repetitive and non-repetitive pull systems, to set up point-of-use material storage, to interface with planning systems, and to balance lot sizes with capacity, not economic order quantity. Available as an implementation project or training workshop.

Work Measurement & Time Studies

Work measurement is often considered the backbone of industrial engineering, industrial technology, and industrial management programs because the information that’s generated affects so many other areas including cost estimating, production and inventory control, plant layout, material and process selection and design, quality, and safety. Work measurement precedes setting time standards since setting standards on poorly designed jobs and processes would be a waste of time. Therefore, work measurement studies should be used to:

  • Develop production system design improvements
  • Identify problematic operations and jobs for improvement.
  • Develop the best work method (standardized work).
  • Develop motion consciousness on the part of employees.
  • Develop economical and efficient tools, fixtures, and production aids.
  • Assist in selection of new machines and equipment.
  • Train employees on the preferred method.
  • Reduce effort, injuries, and cost.
  • Develop staffing models.

Available as a deployment project or training workshop.

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