Principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Culture

In this workshop, you will learn how to transition from a traditional manufacturing approach to that of a Lean manufacturing environment. Waste is eliminated, productivity increased, and you gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Topics discussed include the principles of Lean manufacturing and how to apply them, standardized work, visual signals, batch-size reduction, pull systems and more. Experience firsthand how Lean improves quality, reduces cycle time, improves delivery performance, reduces WIP and enables the "company" to show a profit. A second topic covered at this workshop is Lean culture. An organization's culture involves roles, beliefs, assumptions, and values that influence what gets done and how things get done. Successfully implementing Lean manufacturing practices includes developing a culture of engaged employees and continuous improvement. This is no easy task. In this workshop, you'll learn about organizational culture and how developing a "Lean" culture plays a key role in overall improvements. In addition to exploring the benefits of a Lean culture, you'll also learn about the challenges and barriers related to culture and culture change.

Course Objectives:

  • Define “Lean” as it relates to manufacturing
  • List and describe the eight wastes
  • Describe standardized work, 5S, visual controls, plant layout, quick changeover, batch reduction, point of use storage, pull/Kanban, cellular flow, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and how they fit into Lean manufacturing
  • Explain what organizational culture is and how it is created
  • Explain the elements and benefits of Lean culture
  • Explain how different personalities and communication styles affect teamwork and the ability to reach shared goals.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing personnel, including technicians, engineers, and managers
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Smart Business


Purdue University MEP

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Face to Face

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