Principles of Lean Manufacturing 101
* Please refer to grant funding opportunities at bottom of this page for companies located in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont.
Lean 101 is the first step to learning the fundamental principles of “Lean manufacturing.” No previous experience is required. Those experienced in Lean can also benefit from this workshop. Attendees will walk away understanding the power of Lean manufacturing.
The course is a mix of classroom and live simulation. Participants begin by simulating the manufacture of circuit boards in a chaotic manufacturing firm. The results of the first simulation provide the basis on which Lean principles will be applied. For the remainder of the day, participants revisit the manufacturing environment and employ the Lean techniques that are taught in the classroom. Simple financial statements prepared after each simulation show the impact that implementing Lean principles have on a company’s bottom line.
Participants will walk away understanding 8 key wastes in manufacturing, and in a “train and do” manner, learn how to eliminate these wastes by applying 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. Participants will learn to calculate takt time and balance production lines to produce to customer demand. By the end of the day, participants see that the key to a company’s real improvements and their ability to be competitive, strongly correlate to their ability to eliminate non-value added activities. Participants will demonstrate to themselves that they can reduce manufacturing cycle time up to 90%, improve on-time shipments up to 90%, reduce work in process up to 90%, improve quality up to 50%, and reduce floor space up to 75%.
* The Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) through the Vermont Quebec Enterprise Initiative agree to fund (50%) of VMEC’s fee, with funds from the Northern Border Regional Commission Grant provided the following conditions are met:
- There must be sign in sheets documenting attendance.
- The Company must be located in one of the following Vermont counties: Caledonia, Essex, or Orleans.
- The Company may not be using other funds from other Vermont or Federal agencies in addition to this Grant.
- The Company will complete a VMEC “Economic Impact Questionnaire” if requested by VMEC.
- Employees who register and attend will be invoiced at 50% of the posted event rate following the training. Cancellations less than 3 business days before the workshop and no shows will be invoiced the full workshop fee. Substitutions are encouraged to avoid cancellation fees.
Payment: Please make check payable to “VMEC” and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), click here.