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Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification

April 11 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


If you want to…

  • Reduce waste
  • Maximize productivity
  • Increase responsiveness
  • Engage your employees

Then equip your people with the tools to continuously improve with this 8-day Lean Certification Program.

Summary of Sessions:

A3 Thinking and Value Stream Mapping (VSM) – April 11

Learn and apply A3 Tools and Thinking along with the Edwards Deming Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) approach using a problem from your own organization. Learn the fundamental tool of Value Steam Mapping and build a VSM from customer order to shipping.

Effective Communication – April 25

Focuses on social styles within the framework of working Lean/CI with teams of people from different functions and levels of the organization.

Root Cause Analysis and Standard Work – May 9

Delves deeply into problem solving tools, methods and Standard Work including tools for identifying root causes (SIPOC, 5 Why, Fishbone) and for taking corrective and preventative actions (Benefit-Effort Matrix, Design of Experiment, Poka-Yoke). Standard Work is presented as the foundation of CI and key to all other improvement activities.

Change Management and Visual Workplace – May 23

Part one of this session provides an understanding of change, how people view and respond to change and how to better facilitate change in an organization. Part two introduces the visual plant. Ideas and examples will be discussed including a detailed review of the 5S Workplace Organization System (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain).

Facility Tour and Total Predictive Maintenance (TPM) – June 7

Tour a manufacturing facility that has successfully implemented Lean/CI and identify best practices and opportunities for improvement. Total Predictive Maintenance (TPM) methods and examples for reducing downtime are also presented and discussed.

Teams & Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) – June 20

Part one of this session is an exercise on Team Building that provides answers to the challenges of developing teams for successful problem solving and continuous improvement activities. Part two utilizes a NASCAR changeover simulation and teaching of Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) principles for achieving significant reductions in changeover times.

Principles of Kata – June 28

Session uses a team-based production simulation to teach a number of key waste reduction and productivity increasing tools and methods such as inventory reduction, error-proofing, continuous flow, Kanbans, etc.

Lean Project Presentations and Graduation – July 11

Participants will have done a “waste” walk within their organization and will exhibit their learning by presenting a Process Map and improvements that have been made. The work for the Waste Walk presentation is supported throughout the program. Graduates will receive Certification and an office-quality commemorative item of their achievement.

Benefits of Lean Manufacturing Applications

  • Reduced Lead Time
  • Improved Quality
  • Reduced Cost
  • Reduced Inventory
  • Improved Productivity
  • Better Floor Space Utilization
  • Better Teamwork
  • Improved Morale
  • Better Perception in the Eyes of the Customer

Taught by Lean Master Jeff Kopenitz

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  This training qualifies for WEDnetPA funding.

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April 11
8:00 am - 4:30 pm




Center for Business & Workforce Development
1127 W. 4th St.
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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