Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video

At EMS Consulting Group, we offer a number of Online Lean training classes and certification programs, and we have recently released the schedule for our off-site Lean Certification programs include Lean Manufacturing Certification and Lean Office Certification, both of which begin in August 2014 in Southern California.  While these offer an in-depth training, similar to those we offer in our off-site training programs and those we offer to our clients on-site, we thought we would provide the general public with a series of videos that introduce Lean Manufacturing.  This Introduction to Lean video below consists of a series of lean manufacturing animated cartoons that we’ve created, and it is intended to give viewers a very basic knowledge of lean manufacturing and its terminology and concepts.  If you know of someone that needs the basic concepts of lean, please feel free to share this post or the video below.

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Lean Healthcare, Lean Leadership, and Lean Certification

We are happy to announce three new opportunities for training in October and November 2013 in Southern California:

We have a 3-day Blended Learning Lean Manufacturing Certification program on October 1-3, 2013 in San Diego, CA.  The program includes 3 days of interactive, instructor-led training plus self-paced online training as well.  Participants will learn how to apply each of the principles and tools of lean including Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Flow Manufacturing Cells, Lean Production Control, Level Pull Production, kanban and pull systems, 5S, quick changeover, TPM, problem solving methods, and kaizen events. Certification requires the completion of a lean manufacturing project to reinforce the learning and achieve real results.  This event will take place at the Hilton San Diego Airport / Harbor Island.   Pricing is $1595 for early registration (by September 1, 2013) and $1695 after.  For details, visit Lean Manufacturing Certification.

Our Lean Healthcare Training program will take place on November 4-5, 2013 in Santa Ana, CA at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport.  This interactive session will translate basic lean principles and its application to achieve the Triple Aim of the nation’s health care reform efforts. This two-day workshop will emphasize eliminating wastes throughout the health care continuum including ambulatory and administrative processes, beyond the inpatient settings, using basic lean tools such as Value Stream Mapping, 5S, and A3.  Pricing is $895 for those who register by October 5, 2013 and $995 after.  For details visit Lean Healthcare Training.

Finally, our Lean Leadership Training program will take place on November 13-14, 2013 in Santa Ana, CA  at the Doubletree Club by Hilton Hotel Orange County Airport.    The Lean Leadership program will address the role of leaders within a lean organization including executive management, middle management, and front line supervision.  Lean leadership is different from traditional MBA-style management; in lean thinking, people are not to be managed.  Instead processes are managed and people are given the direction and skills to achieve the strategy of an organization.  The management team must create the right environment or culture to make this happen.  This program includes 2 days of interactive, instructor-led training covering topics such as strategy deployment (aka hoshin kanri, hoshin planning, or policy deployment), Daily Kaizen, A3 Problem Solving and Reporting, Coaching for Improvement using the Improvement Kata, Value Stream Management, and Lean Accounting and Metrics.  This program is for leaders and change agents within healthcare, manufacturing, or service organizations.    Pricing is $895 for those who register by October 14, 2013 and $995 after.  For details, visit Lean Leadership Training.

Japanese Lean Manufacturing Terms

We often have people ask us about various Japanese terms that are used in lean manufacturing.  Since lean production was simply a term used to describe the Toyota Production System back in the 1980’s, Japanese words are used to describe certain principles and concepts.  We’ve created a cartoon video that talks about some of the Japanese Lean terms such as kaizen, kanban, heijunka, muda, mura, muri, andon, poka yoke, and others.

Online Lean Training Opportunities in 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!  As we approach the end of 2012, it is a good time to begin planning for Lean Training in 2013.  We will be offering a number of instructor-led and blended-learning (part instructor-led/part online) programs in 2013 including Lean Healthcare training, Lean Manufacturing Certification, and others.  Additionally, we will be offering a number of online training programs that are completely self-paced and can begin upon registration.  These online lean training programs include:

If you have an interest in online training, you might consider experiencing our system utilizing a free trial.  To get started with a free trial, visit Lean Training Free Trial Online.

Heijunka: Leveling The Mix and Volume of Work

In lean thinking, we often talk about leveling the mix and volume of work.  This is the concept known as heijunka, and most people simply accept this as just another “tool in the toolbox.”  However, it actually is not a tool at all; heijunka is a principle.  It is the idea that if we level the quantity of work we output at each point in a process, we can facilitate connected flow throughout our value streams with as few delays and as little inventory (or things waiting for the next processing step) as possilble.  Without heijunka, pull systems and one piece flow do not function properly.  This prevents us from achieving the ultimate condition: providing a defect-free product or service to the customer when they need it and in the right quantity.  We’ve created a somewhat humorous cartoon in our lean series of animated videos for you to enjoy.  To learn more, visit our website and read some of our lean manufacturing articles, sign up for our lean newsletter, or take one of our lean manufacturing training courses.

Interactive Lean Training Plus Kanban Video

We want to make our readers aware of a unique lean learning opportunity, our 3-day blended-learning lean manufacturing certification program.  This Lean Manufacturing certification program will equip participants with targeted technical and facilitation/team leadership competencies in lean manufacturing and kaizen.  The program includes 3 days of interactive, instructor-led training plus self-paced online training as well.  Participants will learn how to apply each of the principles and tools of lean including Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Flow Manufacturing Cells, Lean Production Control, Level Pull Production, kanban and pull systems, 5S, quick changeover, TPM, problem solving methods, and kaizen events. Certification requires the completion of a lean manufacturing project to reinforce the learning and achieve real results.  This program will take place at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, CA on July 17-19, 2012.  For more information on this program, please visit: Lean Certification Training.  For those of you that prefer a fully instructor-led Lean Manufacturing Certification program, we continue to offer this option as well in Southern California.

If you are a follower of this blog or a subscriber to our lean newsletter, you know that we like to use animated videos (cartoons) in addition to articles to help explain lean and continuous improvement concepts.   Since pull systems is one of the topics we cover in detail in our certification programs, we thought it might be useful (for those that are unfamiliar with these concepts) to view one of our most popular animated videos on the subject.  Enjoy!

Lean Leadership

There has been a lot of buzz about lean leadership in the past year or so.  People are beginning to realize that, as author John Maxwell has said, “everything rises and falls on leadership.”  It takes good leadership to create an environment for kaizen to flourish.  We want everyone in the organization to be working toward improvement toward the next goal or target condition.  This is done by identifying problems that get in the way of achieving the target condition and then identifying and implementing countermeasures.

While the tools of lean are great (I am not one of those that say that the tools are unimportant- they are important!), leadership is critically important.   Following is a 3 minute cartoon that talks about the various aspects of lean leadership, including creating a lean culture, strategy deployment, and coaching and development.

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