Workshops On Lean Manufacturing To Be Held

BROOKLINE, Mass., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- New workshops on problem solving and warehousing for lean production are among eight workshops being presented Oct. 25-27 in St. Louis, MO, by the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) as part of its Midwest regional training on lean production.

Workshops run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. LEI runs workshops in a different region every month on how to implement the principles of lean manufacturing. The workshop schedule day-by-day is:

    Oct 25
    -- Value-Stream Mapping (1 day ): Learn a fundamental initial step that
       creates the blueprint for applying other lean tools and running kaizen
       events most effectively.
    -- NEW! Problem Solving (1 day): Harness the DNA of successful,
       sustainable lean implementations. You'll learn and practice the plan-
       do-check-act (PDCA) problem solving method in this interactive
    -- NEW! Lean Warehousing: Introduction (1 day): Learn how to create the
       right preconditions for implementing lean in a warehouse by analyzing
       current volumes, performance, capacity, and workforce allocation at a
       detailed level.

    Oct 26
    -- Creating Continuous Flow (1 day): Get the complete benefits of cellular
       production by focusing on the critical pacemaker process, the people
       factors of the operation, and how to balance the work to takt time.
    -- Policy Management (2 days): A major problem in a lean transformation is
       taking on too many initiatives at once. Policy Deployment guides you
       in "de-selecting" initiatives down to the ones the organization can
       really achieve while aligning them with company strategic objectives.
    -- Business Process Value-Stream Mapping (1 day): Learn how to apply
       value-stream mapping to administrative, professional, and
       transactional activities. You'll learn how to identify existing waste
       in nonproduction value streams by drawing a current-state map and how
       to design a leaner, more efficient process by mapping the future
    -- NEW! Lean Warehousing: Implementation (2 days): Learn how to begin
       implementing lean principles step-by-step into a warehouse, using
       techniques such as lean storage, operational diagramming, standardized
       work, workload planning, and visual management.

    Oct 27
    -- Making Materials Flow (1 day): How to implement, sustain, and improve
       a dependable material-handling system for purchased parts using pull,
       timed delivery routes, a central supermarket, and a Plan for Every

For complete content descriptions and to register, go to the Training page of the LEI web site at: or call (617) 713-2900. Space is limited.

Lean manufacturing cuts costs and inventories rapidly to free cash and resources, which is critical in a competitive world economy. Lean supports profitable growth by improving productivity and quality, reducing lead times, and freeing resources. For example, it frees office and plant space and increases capacity so companies can add product lines, in-source component production, and increase output of existing products. Companies implementing lean can take advantage of economic growth by increasing sales while controlling costs.

The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training, publishing, and research center founded by James P. Womack PhD, in August 1997 to give people simple but powerful tools that enable them to apply a set of ideas known as lean production and lean thinking, based initially on the Toyota Production System. For more information visit the LEI News page at

CONTACT: Chet Marchwinski of The Lean Enterprise Institute,
+1-203-778-0670, Email Contact

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