Lean Techniques

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Imagine that you're shopping at a local furniture store when you see a lamp that you must buy. It's exactly what you've been looking for at the right price. But the lamp model is out of stock and the only one left is the floor sample. Naturally, you inquire about purchasing the sample, but the sales person tells you that the store has a policy of prohibiting this. Why? Wouldn't it make sense to give the customer what he wants exactly when he wants it? Yes, but the furniture store is not a lean business. In fact, the furniture industry uses batch and queue processes that inconvenience the customer at every turn. In this course, you'll learn how lean techniques can help organizations maximize value and minimize waste. In Lesson 1, you'll examine lean production techniques that can be successful for many manufacturing organizations. In Lesson 2, you'll explore organizational techniques critical to the lean enterprise and you'll discover what implementation techniques must be in place for an organization to become lean.

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Senior and mid-level managers who are considering, or have begun, implementing the lean manufacturing approach in their organizations

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Production Techniques

  • recognize the benefits of using lean production techniques to streamline manufacturing processes.
  • match each critical element of cell manufacturing to its definition.
  • apply the critical elements of cell manufacturing to design a pilot cell's operation for a hypothetical manufacturing organization.
  • distinguish the components of the takt time formula in a given scenario.
  • use the takt time formula to calculate takt time in a given manufacturing process.
  • identify the definition for each manufacturing tool used to achieve single-piece flow.
  • evaluate manufacturing tools within a production cell and offer a solution to improve production according to takt time in a given scenario.
  • match 5S techniques to corresponding examples.
  • analyze a given manufacturing environment to determine what elements of 5S could be applied to aid production.
  • Organizational and Implementation Techniques

  • recognize the benefits of incorporating organizational and implementation techniques into a lean transformation.
  • match the outsourcing solutions to examples of outsourcing problems.
  • identify each guideline used in the lean management team selection process.
  • use the selection process to assemble team members to direct the lean transformation in a given scenario.
  • identify examples of a communication plan designed according to each level of the communication hierarchy.
  • apply the steps for creating a well-rounded communication plan in a given scenario.
  • identify the four phases of a lean transition plan.
  • evaluate a transition plan for a manufacturing organization in a given scenario.
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