We were very heartened to see that good educational opportunities continue for those manufacturing firms that are concerned about and dedicated to the practice of Lean Continuous Improvement. The 5th installment of the series offered by IMEC and Kishwaukee College proved itself to be a success and a good recurring example of how progress, interest and finally examples of the 5S philosophies are being created through this great forum.
IMEC considers itself to be an expert in small and mid-sized manufacturing. As such, they have delivered hands-on technical assistance and strategic advisement to help manufacturers to be more productive and globally competitive since 1996. They have also helped more than 2,500 Illinois manufacturing companies to achieve more than $1.5 billion in “productivity, profit, and cost savings improvements”.
IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists.
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Kaizen Guide: Better your business with continuous improvement
To be successful, you can’t make an improvement once and forget about it. Effective lean businesses use kaizen, which means “continuous improvement”. In kaizen, everyone looks for ways to improve processes on a daily basis. This Kaizen Guide explains the kaizen mindset, basic kaizen concepts including the PDCA cycle, and real-world examples.
More than 65 manufacturing attendees received lean toolkit education during this event. DeKalb, IL (PRWEB) June 15, 2013
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education celebrated the successful completion of the latest Lean Continuous Improvement Series for manufacturers last week. This marks the fifth series for the two organizations since beginning the joint manufacturing outreach program in 2010.
The primary focus of the series is the continuous elimination of waste in the company’s manufacturing processes to maximize efficiency, improve quality and safety, and eliminate unnecessary motion and inventory. Over the duration of six weeks, participants attend the Lean toolkit courses one day a week and discuss topics including the Lean 101/Introduction, Lean Leadership and Change Management, Value Stream Mapping and 5S/Workplace Organization, Quick Changeover, Cellular/Flow Manufacturing, Pull/Kanban Systems and Total Productive Maintenance.
“It’s great to see the participants go back to their manufacturing facilities with a different mindset and look at how they can make things more efficiently,” said Karen Schmitt, Executive Director for the Kishwaukee College education center. “It’s very contagious and the actions they take going forward mean greater overall improvements for the companies in our area.”
Karen Schmitt, Executive Director for the Kishwaukee College
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We would encourage anyone interested in taking part in, or in furthering this great educational opportunity, to contact the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education. Especially if you would like to attend or send some of your own staff to attend.
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