Improve Process Efficiencies: Lean Manufacturing Overview with Simulation

Meeting today’s manufacturing challenges demands a lean enterprise — streamlining product design and manufacturing by applying lean manufacturing principles, concepts, and techniques. The primary focus of this effort is the continuous elimination of waste in the company’s business processes. Implementing Lean practices involves changing a work area or a business process to maximize efficiency, improve quality and safety, eliminate unnecessary motion and inventory, and save time and resources.

IMEC, IMA, and RAEDC are hosting a lean manufacturing simulation on February 28 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at NIU Rockford.

Following the Lean Manufacturing Overview and Simulation, participants will have learned several new techniques to aid in the Lean transformation on-site. You’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate between a “push” and a “pull” system
  • Identify the eight (8) wastes that must be eliminated to make the manufacturing processes Lean
  • Explain how those wastes reduce company profits
  • Understand the functions of a Kanban system
  • Make more effective use of the employee’s time following waste elimination

The agenda includes

  • Traditional Manufacturing & 8 Wastes
  • Traditional Manufacturing Simulation Workplace Organization (5S)
  • 5S System, Visual Controls, Standardized Work, Plant Layout, Point of Use Storage, Batch Size Reduction, Quick Changeover
  • Applying Basic Lean Tools
  • Teams, Quality at the Source, Cellular Manufacturing, Pull Systems, Total Productive Maintenance
  • Applying Intermediate Lean Tools

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