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Introduction to Lean Principles

Continual Improvement


Course Length

4 Hours

Max Attendees


Course Description

Introduces participants to the basic principles of lean manufacturing. Lecture material provides an overview of the background of lean, the eight deadly waste of manufacturing, and the lean tools used to eliminate those waste. The course also offers participants the opportunity to participate in a simulated factory to see first hand the application of lean concepts and their benefits.

Course Objectives

  • Background of Lean
  • Simulation Round 1
  • The 8 Deadly Wastes
    • Defects
    • Overproduction
    • Waiting
    • Not Utilizing People's KSAs
    • Transportation
    • Inventory
    • Motion
    • Excess Processing
  • Simulation Round 2
  • Introduction to Lean Tools and Concepts
    • Workplace Organization (5 S) and Visual Factory
    • Quick Changeover and Batch Reduction
    • Quality at the Source and Poka Yoke
    • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
    • Pull/Kanban Systems
    • Continuous Flow
    • Takt Time, Cellular Layout and Work Balancing
  • Simulation Round 3
    • Implementing Through Kaizen, Teamwork

Course Outline

This class features a hands-on simulated factory where participants can apply lean concepts they've learned to their work stations.