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Lean Principles

It's really about creating a culture,
both internally and externally,
of continual learning & improvement.

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Lean Principles focus on increasing efficiency while reducing expenses to deliver the maximum return-on-investment. 

Through the introduction of lean, many companies have enjoyed lower production costs, higher profits, superior quality, shorter order-to-delivery time, greater flexibility and improved response to changing client demands by introducing lean principles into their organization.

Dr. Sue pictured in a Lean class

The ability to quickly respond to market demand and prevent over-capacity within your company requires the adoption of lean principles.  Lean techniques allow you to lower costs, increase through-put, improve efficiency, reduce overhead, and eliminate activities that are not value added.

This course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of lean using a hands-on simulation exercise with multiple runs.  

An introduction to Lean

  • Evolution of Lean
  • Types of wastes
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Simulation round ONE

 

First Improvement Phase

  • Batch size
  • 5S System
  • Visual controls
  • Plant layout
  • Cellular Flow
  • Simulation round TWO

 

Second Improvement Phase

  • Pull system
  • Kanban
  • Teamwork
  • Quality at the source
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Simulation round THREE

 

Management Readiness for Lean

 

 

Review & Discuss Principles of Lean

“I wasn’t looking forward to this class, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I got out of it.  The interaction with the other students was great.  I was not expecting to be personally engaged on the subject matter and was quite happy with the results.  Having never witnessed Lean Principles actually being used properly in the workforce, it was great having Dr. Sue explain how and why it does and doesn’t work.”

Wayne “Bob” Brown, AGCO Corporation, Hesston, KS

 

“Although I am not in a position to initiate this for the company, I can start using these concepts within my department.  Dr. Sue is a great instructor. I have had her before when I was studying for my Bachelor’s degree from WSU.  Her hands on activities during the class were a great visual aid in learning the different examples of production.”

Terry O’Keefe, Redguard, Wichita, KS

Lean is a methodology with many tools, and concepts.  Learning the tools and the concepts can help anyone in the organization look at their work flow, and see the wasted time, the costly inventory and the repetitive tasks that drive up expenses, take time we don’t have to give, and eat at profits.

There is usually more money and time to be saved in the office environment than on a factory floor, so finance, IT, HR, administrative offices, engineering, quality, purchasing, and sales are all candidates for this methodology.

All levels of leadership can benefit.  Management’s understanding of the philosophy can be the driver that moves continuous improvement through the organization.

Understanding and applying two or three of these tools is worth the time to take the class and move your organization in a positive direction.

The value of this class is tremendous when you can put a department together to learn, study and discuss HOW to tackle bottlenecks, wasted time and resource issues. Contact me and we’ll make that happen.  paula.seiwert@wichita.edu

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