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Starting lean manufacturing employee training courses

I want to start lean methodology employee training courses at my company. Do you have any suggestions for class topics or manuals?

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The best introductory courses are hands-on simulations that introduce the following lean manufacturing concepts:
  • What are the objectives of lean? Continuously improve lead time, quality and costs by eliminating or reducing waste while respecting the humanity of employees
  • What are examples of waste? Defects, over-production, waiting, non-utilized talent, excessive product travel, excessive inventories, excessive people motion, excessive processing, overburdening of people and machines, imbalance
  • Workplace organization (5S)
  • Standardized work
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Kanban
  • Point-of-use storage
  • Visual management techniques
  • Key manufacturing metrics
  • Value stream mapping
  • Single minute exchange of die
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Error-proofing
  • Kaizen
  • Jidoka
  • A3 thinking
  • Heijunka box
  • Hoshin planning

Most of these should be individual classes.

This was first published in July 2009

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