Course & Workshop Schedule

Current public courses and workshops are listed below. Click on the title for details / descriptions. For further information, contact Kevin Hogan at (630) 505-0500 ext. 228.

* Illinois BIS may have grant funding for eligible companies. Contact us for information.
CEUs available upon request.

August

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Aug 228 am - 4 pm$700August 22 & 23

Description:   Learn a systematic method to identify the true root causes and implement permanent corrective actions, understand the difference between solving a problem and identifying the root cause of that problem, learn a proven step-by-step methodology that will make your analytical skills more effective and efficient and have the ability to critique and support root cause analysis carried out by others.

You will learn a basic, systematic problem solving model and how to apply it to your own organization. Participants will learn how to identify the true root cause(s) of problems and eliminate them permanently.

Key Topics:

1. Problem Solving Investigation vs. Root Cause Analysis - What's the difference?

2. The Defect Cycle - What it is and how to break it permanently

3. Systematic Problem Solving Process:
  • Admit/Identify Problem Exists and Establish a Team
  • Clearly Define and Describe the Problem
  • Take Interim Action
  • Brainstorming - Cause & Effect
  • Identify and Agree on Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Implement Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Follow-up
  • Recognize & Congratulate the Team
4. Additional Problem Solving Tools

Who should attend: Any employees who are required to perform root cause analysis, troubleshoot, and conduct problem solving, including engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, and maintenance.
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Aug 268 am - 4 pm$700August 26 & 27

Description:   This training is designed for individuals who have little to no experience managing projects, those who feel the need to strengthen their project management skill sets, and those who support project managers and project teams. Participants will learn how to: assess the project's environment to determine the right tools to use when managing the project, plan a project to achieve success and use important tools to successfully manage, execute, and control the project.

Topics include:
  • Defining success in project management
  • Understanding what can go wrong in a project, and their causes
  • Assessing the project to determine appropriate tools, based on risk factors
  • Identifying the appropriate tools to use, based on the project's risk factors
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Aug 288 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   This training provides participants with an introduction to advanced quality planning and control plans. Participants will gain the tools and techniques needed to develop and document advanced quality planning in design and manufacturing and understand the elements and requirements for advanced quality planning and control plans.

Learn how to determine customer needs and expectations and ensure that the design and manufacturing processes meet those needs; and prepare a system for compliance.

What You Will Learn:
  • Determine Customer's needs
  • Design the product
  • Design the process
  • Validate the product and process
  • Feedback, assessment, improvement
Who Should Attend: This training is intended for companies that require a documented quality system meeting all quality management system requirements.
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Aug 298 am - 4 pm$8,000 ($4,000 with grant)*
MINITAB Software Included
Includes Lunch
August 29 & 30
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 25, 31
November 1, 7, 8

Description:   The Lean and Six Sigma methodologies work together as a combined long-term business strategy that can produce exceptional results. The purpose of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program is to prepare Team leaders to lead and implement improvement projects using the proven DMAIC methodology, and Lean Tools.

The training includes 160 hours of classroom time, with hands-on, demanding and thorough instruction. During training, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt participants work on an actual identified management-approved project that can realize at least $100,000 in cost savings to the organization. The instructional design process involves learning a technique and then applying it to the working project.

The class is instructor-led and offers numerous exercises and examples designed to help the participant learn tools and techniques to eliminate waste and improve productivity, and to achieve lasting financial results.

September

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Sep 058 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Participants will learn the logic behind FMEA. This one-day workshop provides participants with an understanding of FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and how to get the most out of them.

An FMEA can be described as a systematic group of activities intended to:
1) recognize and evaluate the potential failure of a product/process and the effects of that failure,
2) identify actions that could eliminate or reduce the chance of the potential failure occurring, and
3) document the entire process. This course provides the knowledge and general guidance in the application of the FMEA technique (Design and/or Process).

Key Topics:
  • Overview - Risk Analysis
  • Where Does FMEA Come From - Types of FMEA's
  • What Happens Before The FMEA?
  • Benefits of FMEA's
  • Function, Failure Mode, Cause and Effect
  • Process FMEA's
  • RPN Calculation and Thresholds
  • Design FMEA
  • Rating The Failures: Severity, Occurrence, and Detection
  • What Happens After The FMEA?
  • Improving RPN's
  • Summary
Who Should Attend: Anyone involved with manufacturing, product design, reliability, testing, quality, development, logistics/support, product assurance/design assurance, materials, and their management or anyone responsible for the design and development of manufacturing, assembly or service processes in the completion of a Design or Process FMEA.
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Sep 118 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   View Lean as an overall strategy to operating your business, and understand how to introduce the concept of Lean at all levels of the organization. A simulation will point out how the transformation will take place.

In this workshop, you will learn about lean tools by applying them in a simulation to reduce waste and improve overall operations. You will also understand how lean is fundamentally different from mass production. Finally, you will learn some key requirements for your organization to be successful with lean.

Topics:
  • Intro to Lean Thinking
  • Value & Waste
  • 5S, Flow & Setup Reduction
  • Takt Time & Level Loading, Visual Controls, Mistake Proofing and Pull
  • Standard Work & Process Metrics
Using a mixture of lectures, discussions, and a simulation, this workshop is designed for individuals and teams that want to gain a better understanding of the components and underlying philosophy of lean, and how the elements and philosophy work together to create a Lean Enterprise.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.
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Sep 118 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   The new harmonized FMEA process was officially published in June 2019, a collaboration between the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG, the North American Automobile Industry Association) and the Verband Der Automobilindustrie E.V. (VDA, the German Automobile Industry Association). Many OEMs are planning to require suppliers to follow this new format. Learn how to implement this technique NOW. AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook included.

DESIGN FMEA - This training is intended to show how to perform the FMEA process using the AIAG-VDA methodology. Participants should have prior FMEA experience.

By reviewing the details of this new method with a series of exercises, this workshop will provide insight into how to transition to use the new, 7 step process for FMEAs.

Topics include:

Design FMEA
Step 1: Planning and Preparation
Step 2: Structure Analysis
Step 3: Function Analysis
Step 4: Failure Analysis
Step 5: Risk Analysis
Step 6: Optimization
Step 7: Results Documentation
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Sep 128 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   The new harmonized FMEA process was officially published in June 2019, a collaboration between the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG, the North American Automobile Industry Association) and the Verband Der Automobilindustrie E.V. (VDA, the German Automobile Industry Association). Many OEMs are planning to require suppliers to follow this new format. Learn how to implement this technique NOW. AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook included.

PROCESS FMEA - This training is intended to show how to perform the FMEA process using the AIAG-VDA methodology. Participants should have prior FMEA experience.

By reviewing the details of this new method with a series of exercises, this workshop will provide insight into how to transition to use the new, 7 step process for FMEAs.

Topics include:

Process FMEA
Step 1: Planning and Preparation
Step 2: Structure Analysis
Step 3: Function Analysis
Step 4: Failure Analysis
Step 5: Risk Analysis
Step 6: Optimization
Step 7: Results Documentation
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Sep 198 am - 4 pm$700September 19 & 20

Description:   Statistical Process Control is a powerful tool that can be used to predict percent conformance to specifications and help improve quality throughout a company. Learn a straightforward approach to setting up and maintaining an effective SPC program in your company. Participants will be able to apply these techniques immediately.

SPC can be applied whether you operate in a long or short run environment.

Key Topics:
  • Introduction to Statistical Process Control
  • Predicting Percent Conformance
  • Process Potential and Capability Studies
  • Traditional and Short Run Variable Charting
  • Traditional and Short Run Attribute Charting
  • Pattern Analysis
Who Should Attend: This class is intended for Quality Engineers, Technicians, Managers, Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Production Managers, and Supervisors
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Sep 247:30 am - Continental Breakfast
8 am - 10 am - Session
$99This is a 2-hour workshop

Description:   An introduction to innovation and its value to the company. Introduces the "what" and "why" of innovation:

  • Product/business life cycle and how innovation either extends maturity or renews the business
  • Value proposition of innovation
  • Concepts of incremental and breakthrough innovation
Includes discussion of how to assess your company's innovation capability.

This workshop is part of Our NEW Morning Seminars: Keys to Innovation Series. This series will answer practical questions about how to stir innovation in your organization.

Build Awareness about how innovation is improving companies and empowering employees with new ideas!

These quick, 2 and 4-hour sessions are a great way for owners, senior executives, management teams, innovation managers, and aspiring innovators to learn key tools for catalyzing innovation. The Innovation Series consists of:

Innovation: The Lifeblood of Business Success - September 24 (2 hours)
Innovation Jumpstart: Lean Innovation - October 29 (4 hours)
Innovation: The Executive's Critical Role - November 19 (2 hours)
The Innovator's Toolkit - December 17 (4 hours)


You may take individual sessions, or the entire series.

Register 2 or more participants from one company, receive a 10% discount: $89 each (2-hour workshop) and $169 each (4-hour workshop). Sign up for all 4 workshops in the series, the cost is $489 and you will receive a copy of Bruce Vojak's book: "Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms".
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Sep 248 am - 4 pm$2,600 ($1,300 with grant)*
Includes Lunch
September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Description:   Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a hands-on program designed for those team members who will actually implement the projects identified as improvement opportunities. This class will teach you how to apply the DMAIC process to your own work processes. Homework assignments may include implementation of the project at your company site.

This course introduces the application of DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve problems and improve processes. The course introduces the participants to a hands-on learning experience that will give them the tools and knowledge necessary to get significant results from their problem solving efforts.

Overview of DMAIC:
  • Be able to identify the steps and proper progression of DMAIC
  • Understand the outputs necessary for each step
  • Gain an idea of the various tools used for each step
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Sep 258 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Learn about 52 validated best practices that define a total lean implementation, including the conditions that must exist in an organization as a prerequisite for effective long term lean results.

Experts in lean say that 80% of lean is adopting a new culture in the organization, and 20% is using the tools of lean. Participants will learn about 52 validated best practices that define a total lean implementation, including the conditions that must exist in an organization as prerequisites for effective long term lean results. Hands-on exercises will help to enhance your understanding of this Lean standard and how to assess an organization. Included is a comparison of Lean to the Shingo Prize Criteria.

Topics include:
  • How Did the Lean Companies Get There?
  • How Was SAE J4000 Created?
  • Lean Transformation Task Areas
  • J4000 Elements
  • J4001 Survey Assessment Tool
  • Levels of Implementation
  • Assessment Comparison
  • Lean Prerequisites
Who Should Attend: Those employees responsible for assessing and preparing their organization for a lean implementation.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.

October

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Oct 038 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   This training provides participants with an introduction to the tools of measurement systems analysis. These topics apply to every company performing measurement of quality characteristics, and are required for all companies registered to ISO/TS 16949.

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Oct 078 am - 4 pm$1,300 ($650 with grant)*
Participants will receive a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard
Includes Lunch
October 7, 8 & 9

Description:   This three-day training provides the knowledge necessary to audit a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2015. The auditing methodology presented is based upon ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.

Topics:
  • Intro
  • Quality Systems
  • ISO 9001 Principals Team Exercise
  • QMS Requirements
  • Exercise to Understand the Standard
  • Internal Auditor Qualifications
  • Steps of Auditing
  • Process Approach to Auditing
  • Team Mock Audit
  • Summary, Review, Q&A
  • Final Exam
Who Should Attend: Anyone involved in the auditing, maintaining or supervising of ISO Management Systems, staff responsible for conducting internal audits, and those who monitor management system performance.
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Oct 098 am - 4 pm$2,200 ($1,100 with grant)*October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Description:   This program provides employees who have leadership potential with the skills necessary to work effectively with others at all levels of the organization to achieve high performance. This high engagement, experiential learning opportunity allows participants to learn by doing. Sessions will link key learnings to real on-the-job projects that have a true business impact. The program requires each participant to have a company mentor and a project to work on during the training.

The 40-Hour Program is for high potential employees that will have direct reports in 12-24 months.

Topics include:
- Maximizing Your Professional Effectiveness
- Mastering Communication and Interpersonal Skills Using the DiSC®
- Effective Conflict Resolution Skills
- Dealing Effectively With Difficult People & Negativity
- Selling and Marketing Your Ideas to Others
- Effective Problem-Solving Skills
- Managing Projects
- Mastering Presentation Skills
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Oct 118 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Lean is best implemented when the people closest to the work identify and eliminate problems using a structured team process. Learn how to harness the power of A3 problem solving, an extremely simple tool, used by Toyota, to empower every employee to solve problems, using a simple model and reporting method.

In this workshop, participants will learn the A3 Process to help engage in collaborative, in-depth problem-solving. The A3 approach drives problem-solvers to address the root causes of problems which surface every day. The A3 Process can be used for almost any situation. When used properly, the chances of success improve dramatically.

Topics:
  • Symptom Approach vs. Root Causes
  • Improving your Management System
  • Fix the Output - 3 C's!
  • Communicate
  • Fix the Management System
  • What is an A3?
  • A3 Sections
  • The A3 Report - Step by Step
  • Problem Statement
  • Tool Review
  • 5 Ws 3 Hs
  • Focusing the Problem Statement - Extent of the Problem
  • Cause and Effect
  • Types of Causes
  • 5 Why's
  • Goals and Targets
  • Four Basic Components
  • Purpose of Brainstorming
  • Implementing Countermeasures
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Implementation Plan
  • Follow Up - Lessons Learned
  • Close Issue
  • Congratulate the Team
Who Should Attend: This workshop is for employees at all levels required to troubleshoot, make decisions and implement plans. Particularly well suited for engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, maintenance, marketing and sales.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.
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Oct 149 am - 4 pm$800
Includes Lunch
October 14 & 15

Description:   This dynamic and interactive program provides front-line and mid-level managers with essential skills to succeed. Focus is on traditional leadership competencies and strategies for overcoming hurdles women leaders face in the workplace.

Topics include:
  • Effective Negotiations
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Communications
  • Overcoming Gender Bias
  • Building Trust and Credibility
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Improving Business Acumen
    • Financial Management
    • Talent Management
    • Goal Setting and Evaluation
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Oct 148 am - 4 pm$2,200 ($1,100 with grant)*
Includes Lunch
October 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

Description:   The new automotive QMS Standard, IATF 16949:2016, requires a documented process to verify that internal auditors are competent. The Standard also identifies the required competencies for Quality Management System Internal Auditors, Manufacturing Process Auditors, Product Auditors, and Second-Party Auditors (now REQUIRED for supplier evaluation) specifically:

  1. Understanding the automotive process approach for auditing, including risk-based thinking
  2. Understanding applicable customer-specific requirements
  3. Understanding applicable ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 requirements
  4. Understanding applicable core tools
  5. Understanding how to plan, conduct, report and close out audit findings
Any audits performed for the transition to IATF 16949 must be performed by auditors with these competencies or they will not be recognized by the Certification Body. This training will provide the necessary competencies for auditors. After successful completion of the training and passing the final examination, participants will receive a certificate showing evidence of required competence for internal quality management system auditors as described in IATF 16949:2016, Clause 7.2.3, items a) through e).

The instructor for this training is Global Exemplar Certified to ISO 9001 and IATF 16949, including Auditor and Audit Team Leader.

Training Agenda:
  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements
  • Auditing Customer-Specific Requirements
  • How to Perform Internal Audits, including Automotive Process Approach to Auditing, Risk-Based Thinking, Planning, Conducting, Reporting and Closing Out Audit Findings, per ISO 19011 and IATF Certification Scheme for IATF 16949 - Includes Mock Audit Exam
  • Auditing AIAG Core Tools
  • Case Studies, and Comprehensive Final Examination
Participants are expected to provide their own copies of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016.
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Oct 218 am - 4 pm$700October 21 & 27

Description:   Six Sigma Yellow Belt will help you understand the fundamentals of the DMAIC process, which is the foundation of Six Sigma. It forces a focus on customers through addressing defects. Six Sigma also causes you to align processes with customers, resulting in greater loyalty and retention. Participants will gain a basic understanding of six sigma and could serve as a members of a DMAIC team under the direction of a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Objectives:
  • Describe the tools used in Six Sigma and explain how they can apply to your environment
  • Apply Six Sigma tools to improve operational work flow: Voice of the Customer (VOC), Critical to Quality Needs (CTQ), Process Mapping, SIPOC Mapping, Problem Statement, Project Charter
  • Identify work processes that will benefit from the Six Sigma approach
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Oct 258 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Thorough implementation of visual controls and 5S is a requirement of any lean operation. Learn how to develop routines that maintain organization and orderliness - essential to a smooth and efficient flow of activities.

Zero defects cannot be achieved if a process relies on inspections and sorting. Learn how to create processes where the chance of making errors is eliminated using simple error-proofing techniques.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.
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Oct 297:30 am - Continental Breakfast
8 am - 12 pm - Session
$189This is a 4-hour workshop

Description:   An introduction to lean innovation and its value to the company. Topics include:

  • Why Innovate?
  • Why Lean Innovation?
  • Muda, Mura, Muri: The wasteful practices and their role in Lean Innovation
  • Implementing Lean Innovation

This workshop is part of Our NEW Morning Seminars: Keys to Innovation Series. This series will answer practical questions about how to stir innovation in your organization.

Build Awareness about how innovation is improving companies and empowering employees with new ideas!

These quick, 2 and 4-hour sessions are a great way for owners, senior executives, management teams, innovation managers, and aspiring innovators to learn key tools for catalyzing innovation. The Innovation Series consists of:

Innovation: The Lifeblood of Business Success - September 24 (2 hours)
Innovation Jumpstart: Lean Innovation - October 29 (4 hours)
Innovation: The Executive's Critical Role - November 19 (2 hours)
The Innovator's Toolkit - December 17 (4 hours)


You may take individual sessions, or the entire series.

Register 2 or more participants from one company, receive a 10% discount: $89 each (2-hour workshop) and $169 each (4-hour workshop). Sign up for all 4 workshops in the series, the cost is $489 and you will receive a copy of Bruce Vojak's book: "Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms".
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Oct 308 am - 4 pm$700October 30 & 31

Description:   Learn a systematic method to identify the true root causes and implement permanent corrective actions, understand the difference between solving a problem and identifying the root cause of that problem, learn a proven step-by-step methodology that will make your analytical skills more effective and efficient and have the ability to critique and support root cause analysis carried out by others.

You will learn a basic, systematic problem solving model and how to apply it to your own organization. Participants will learn how to identify the true root cause(s) of problems and eliminate them permanently.

Key Topics:

1. Problem Solving Investigation vs. Root Cause Analysis - What's the difference?

2. The Defect Cycle - What it is and how to break it permanently

3. Systematic Problem Solving Process:
  • Admit/Identify Problem Exists and Establish a Team
  • Clearly Define and Describe the Problem
  • Take Interim Action
  • Brainstorming - Cause & Effect
  • Identify and Agree on Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Implement Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Follow-up
  • Recognize & Congratulate the Team
4. Additional Problem Solving Tools

Who should attend: Any employees who are required to perform root cause analysis, troubleshoot, and conduct problem solving, including engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, and maintenance.

November

Start DateCourse / Workshop
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Nov 088 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   With more volatility than ever in demand, and increasing production costs, true flexibility means being able to change over at a moment's notice without adding costs to the operation. The ideal goal of set up reduction/SMED is to reduce set up time, and costs, to such a low level that they no longer enter into the decision as to whether or not a changeover will be made.

In TPM, "maintenance" is more accurately referring to asset management, and not just equipment repair activities. An essential discipline in any business that utilizes capital assets, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) seeks to maximize equipment effectiveness by applying aspects of periodic, preventive, and autonomous maintenance.

An extensive exercise will allow the participants to analyze an actual set up and come up with ideas for improvements that can be made immediately.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.
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Nov 197:30 am - Continental Breakfast
8 am - 10 am - Session
$99This is a 2-hour workshop

Description:   Understand the executive-level commitment required to successfully support innovation. An exploration of the executive's role and responsibilities, including:

  • Establishing and sustaining both incremental and breakthrough innovation capabilities
  • Optimization and innovation-friendly cultures in tension with each other
  • Strategic focus
  • Developing the criteria necessary to hire the right people
  • A commitment to accept uncertainty while expecting defined outcomes

This workshop is part of Our NEW Morning Seminars: Keys to Innovation Series. This series will answer practical questions about how to stir innovation in your organization.

Build Awareness about how innovation is improving companies and empowering employees with new ideas!

These quick, 2 and 4-hour sessions are a great way for owners, senior executives, management teams, innovation managers, and aspiring innovators to learn key tools for catalyzing innovation. The Innovation Series consists of:

Innovation: The Lifeblood of Business Success - September 24 (2 hours)
Innovation Jumpstart: Lean Innovation - October 29 (4 hours)
Innovation: The Executive's Critical Role - November 19 (2 hours)
The Innovator's Toolkit - December 17 (4 hours)


You may take individual sessions, or the entire series.

Register 2 or more participants from one company, receive a 10% discount: $89 each (2-hour workshop) and $169 each (4-hour workshop). Sign up for all 4 workshops in the series, the cost is $489 and you will receive a copy of Bruce Vojak's book: "Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms".
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Nov 228 am - 4 pm$350This is a one-day workshop

Description:   The starting point of the lean journey, creating the current state value stream map helps you "see" where to focus your attention to ensure improvement activities truly create continuous flow from supplier to customer.

A Lean Event is a way to accelerate the lean implementation process by using a focused group of people on a team to improve on cost, time and space for a particular product or process, with a one-week deadline. Learn how to effectively plan and facilitate Kaizen events for your company.

This workshop is part of our Lean Operations Series:
  1. Lean Overview
  2. Creating a Lean Culture
  3. A3 Problem Solving
  4. Visual Management / 5S / Mistake Proofing
  5. Set Up Reduction / Total Productive Maintenance
  6. Value Stream Mapping / Running a Rapid Improvement Event
Participants who complete the entire program can take advantage of a FREE 2-hour site visit at your organization from one of our Lean Experts. We will assess your overall operations and provide guidance on how to apply the tools and techniques that you have learned.

December

Start DateCourse / Workshop
Start DateTimeCostSchedule
Dec 177:30 am - Continental Breakfast
8 am - 12 pm - Session
$189This is a 4-hour workshop

Description:   Planning and preparing to transform. Identify and gain familiarity with a common set of innovation tools. These tools are designed to drive idea generation, identify opportunities and plan for execution. Topics include:

  • Stage-Gate Process
  • Fuzzy Front End of Innovation
  • Design Thinking
  • Strategic Innovation Management

This workshop is part of Our NEW Morning Seminars: Keys to Innovation Series. This series will answer practical questions about how to stir innovation in your organization.

Build Awareness about how innovation is improving companies and empowering employees with new ideas!

These quick, 2 and 4-hour sessions are a great way for owners, senior executives, management teams, innovation managers, and aspiring innovators to learn key tools for catalyzing innovation. The Innovation Series consists of:

Innovation: The Lifeblood of Business Success - September 24 (2 hours)
Innovation Jumpstart: Lean Innovation - October 29 (4 hours)
Innovation: The Executive's Critical Role - November 19 (2 hours)
The Innovator's Toolkit - December 17 (4 hours)


You may take individual sessions, or the entire series.

Register 2 or more participants from one company, receive a 10% discount: $89 each (2-hour workshop) and $169 each (4-hour workshop). Sign up for all 4 workshops in the series, the cost is $489 and you will receive a copy of Bruce Vojak's book: "Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms".