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Summary: Introduction to Additive Manufacturing provides an overview of additive manufacturing (AM), including its history, advantages, disadvantages, basic steps, methods, and materials. Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing industry that allows for rapid prototyping and the creation of more complex and functional parts, including end-use parts and traditional manufacturing tooling. AM encompasses a variety of build methods, such as material jetting and material extrusion.An understanding of the AM basics is useful for anyone working in the manufacturing industry. AM methods often streamline manufacturing processes and improve products and profitability. After completing this class, users will have gained important foundational AM knowledge, including the different AM methods and processes, the uses of AM, and the potential for future AM industrial growth.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing Safety describes the various safety hazards involved in additive manufacturing (AM) and the precautions operators should follow to protect themselves. AM methods and processes involve the use of moving and hot components, hazardous materials, and devices that produce radiation. Operators must be aware of these hazards as well as the safety protocols used to reduce them. For example, all AM materials have specific handling guidelines, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilation for that material.Though many AM safety protocols will be familiar to anyone who has worked in a manufacturing environment, there are also hazards unique to AM. Knowing these hazards and safety precautions will help ensure that an AM operation runs smoothly, efficiently, and safely. After taking this class, users will be able to identify AM hazards, understand common safety standards, and safely operate AM equipment.
Summary: The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process discusses the general steps involved in most additive manufacturing (AM) procedures. Important steps include creating 3D computer models, converting those models to AM compatible file formats, setting up and running an AM machine, and part removal and post-processing. The manufacturing industry is progressively finding AM to be an important resource in rapid prototyping and creating end-use parts. Thus, it is increasingly important that engineers and operators understand AM technology and its basic process.Understanding the basic AM process will help engineers and operators more easily learn a specific AM operation's unique considerations and procedures. A basic understanding of AM can also help assess AM's value within a manufacturing operation. After taking this class, users will understand the standard steps involved in any AM process.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides a comprehensive introduction to the methods and materials that can be used in additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing encompasses a wide range of methods and processes that are constantly evolving as manufacturers continue to make new developments. AM methods include material extrusion, directed energy deposition (DED), material jetting, binder jetting, powder bed fusion (PBF), vat photopolymerization, and sheet lamination. Different AM methods require different materials, and each method provides specific advantages and disadvantages.Understanding each AM method's basic principles, advantages, and disadvantages is essential to ensuring an AM part build's success. After completing this class, users will be able to distinguish between the different AM methods and choose the best AM method for a particular application.
Summary: Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) discusses how to conceptualize and create a part design for an additive manufacturing (AM) process. DFAM provides engineers with an incredible degree of freedom. AM processes are capable of creating prototypes or parts with increased complexity, functionality, and integration. AM also allows for other unique manufacturing opportunities, such as mass customization.Though there are some design limitations with DFAM, such as part size and material choice, the process is mainly characterized by the opportunities it provides engineers. After taking this course, users will understand key DFAM concepts, such as functional complexity and hierarchical complexity, the basics of AM production processes, and how DFAM concepts related to basic AM production.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing Materials Science provides a comprehensive overview of the materials that can be used with additive manufacturing (AM) processes. AM materials include a variety of polymers, metals, composites, and ceramics. Each material is distinguished from another material by microstructure, mechanical and physical properties, and life cycle. Different AM processes require the use of different AM materials. Therefore, an individual must understand materials’ science to ensure proper material selection.Understanding the materials that are compatible with additive manufacturing processes is an essential part of AM process success. After completing this class, users will not only be able to distinguish between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, ferrous metals and nonferrous alloys, and ceramic and composite materials, but users will also be able to determine which material type is most appropriate for use with a specific AM process.
Summary: Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation, including cost, logistics, and best uses of AM with traditional manufacturing, among other concerns. Originally used for prototyping, AM has increasingly found more roles in traditional manufacturing processes, such as creating tooling or end-use parts. However, because the procedures and tools are so different, combining the two kinds of manufacturing requires considerable adjustments.Logistical concerns of integrating AM with traditional manufacturing include purchasing the correct machines and updating safety protocols. Design concerns involve upskilling engineers so that they can take full advantage of AM capabilities. After taking this course, users will understand how to take full advantage of AM as a tool to augment a traditional manufacturing operation.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process provides a comprehensive overview of the way in which manufacturers can use additive manufacturing (AM) as a secondary, or indirect, process. AM methods can make a variety of tooling, such as molds and patterns, for use in several different casting, forming, and molding processes. Using AM as a secondary process benefits traditional manufacturing processes by reducing costs associated with lead time, tooling, and labor. An individual must understand the different advantages and disadvantages associated with AM as a secondary process prior to determining whether or not to utilize it.Knowledge about AM secondary processes and their benefits is important in order to understand the full impact that AM has upon traditional manufacturing. After completing this class, users will be able to identify the traditional manufacturing areas that benefit from using AM as a secondary process and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
Summary: Additive manufacturing, or commonly referred to as 3D Printing, is a manufacturing process that supports all aspects of the product development cycle; from prototype to end-use production parts. It reduces your time to market, improves product quality, enhances collaboration and streamlines parts integration. In this multi-level program, you will learn about the current technologies, how they work, and how best to use them to improve your operations.
Summary: This class covers the basic materials used to make composites, how composites are processed, and the applications of composites in various markets.
Summary: This class teaches operators how to protect themselves from illness and injury when working with composites. You will also learn how to store and discard hazardous materials. Finally, you will learn about the agencies that develop and regulate workplace safety standards.
Summary: This class covers the basic methods for processing composites, as well as some of the materials used for these processes.
Summary: This class covers the materials commonly used to create resins and reinforcements for traditional composites. It also describes the basic characteristics of polymers.
Summary: This class covers the thermoset resins commonly used to create advanced composite parts, as well as their properties and general considerations for material selection.
Summary: This class covers the thermoplastic and non-polymeric resins used to create advanced composite parts, as well as the materials used to create high-performance fiber reinforcements.
Summary: This class covers lay-up and spray-up molding of traditional fiberglass composites.
Summary: This class will teach you about the compression molding process, as well as the materials and equipment associated with it.
Summary: Understanding how to finish the surface of a composite part helps an operator create parts that meet the demands of the customer. This class will teach you about surface finishing operations for composite parts.
Summary: This class covers basic procedures for performing single-sided vacuum bagging. It also covers general safety precautions and strategies for preventing common problems.
Summary: This class describes common methods for inspecting composites and preventing defects.
Summary: This class covers basic procedures and best practices for repairing composites, as well as the structure of composite laminates and sandwich panels.
Summary: This course is designed for the student who has little or no prior experience with composite materials and processes. It is also an excellent refresher for those who have some experience in this area. In this course we introduce a variety of composite materials, forms, processes, laminate design ideas, and basic construction and manufacturing principles.
Summary: This course is designed for the student who wants to learn more about joining and bonding advanced composite structures. This course assumes that the student has some experience with composites materials or has attended the "Introduction to Composites" course as a prerequisite. In this course we examine different materials, methods, hardware, methods, and techniques employed in bonding and fastening composite structures.
Summary: This course covers the basic requirements for assessing damage and repairing advanced composite structures. It is designed for the student that has some experience with composites materials or has attended the "Introduction to Composites" course as a prerequisite. This course examines different materials, methods, and techniques employed in damage assessment, removal and permanent reconstruction of damaged composite structures.
Summary: This course is designed for the student who is interested in designing or building tooling for composites. The course assumes that the attendee has some experience with composite materials or has previously attended the "Introduction to Composites" course as a prerequisite. In this course we explore the many types tools used for manufacturing composite panels (and assemblies), as well as those used in the fabrication of the tools themselves. A thorough examination of tooling materials and properties is addressed.
Summary: This class identifies how each department and function of a company plays a role in producing quality products for the customer.
Summary: Lean Manufacturing Overview provides an introduction to the principles and terminology of lean strategies, including a discussion of the seven forms of waste, the definition of value-added, the difference between push and pull systems, and the importance of continuous improvement. This class also highlights other quality concepts, such as single minute exchange of dies (SMED), inventory reduction, and Five S.Lean manufacturing approaches help companies optimize their processes through organization and waste reduction. Although change can be a challenge, more efficient, streamlined processes will ultimately lead to improved customer satisfaction. This class outlines the foundational concepts and vocabulary that every practitioner needs when beginning, or continuing, a lean initiative.
Summary: ISO 9000 Overview provides an introduction to the key components and requirements of ISO 9001:2008. This class discusses the standard's eight sections, along with describing the role of a Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 9001:2008's connection to other standards in the ISO 9000 series. ISO 9000 Overview also outlines the steps to registration, the auditing process, and the importance of continuous improvement.
ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized standard that outlines the requirements of an effective, organized quality system. Many organizations are becoming ISO 9001:2008 certified to prove their commitment to product quality and customer service. Although streamlining documentation and implementing change can be a challenge, ISO 9001:2008 can create a more goal-oriented, connected, and efficient organization. This class helps new practitioners familiarize themselves with ISO 9001:2008's structure, content, and purpose in quality management.
Summary: ISO 9000 Overview provides an introduction to the key components and requirements of ISO 9001:2015. This class discusses the standard's ten sections, along with describing the role of a quality management system (QMS) and ISO 9001:2015's connection to other standards in the ISO 9000 series. ISO 9000 Overview also outlines the steps to registration, the auditing process, and the importance of improvement.ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard that outlines the requirements of an effective, organized quality system. Many organizations are becoming ISO 9001:2015 registered to prove their commitment to product quality and customer service. Although streamlining documentation and implementing change can be a challenge, ISO 9001:2015 can create a more goal-oriented, connected, and efficient organization. This class helps new practitioners familiarize themselves with ISO 9001:2015's structure, content, and purpose in quality management.
Summary: This class covers the principles of continuous process improvement and the tools used to implement it.
Summary: This class covers process improvement through the identification and elimination of different kinds of waste.
Summary: Approaches to Maintenance provides an introduction to common manufacturing maintenance strategies, including reactive, corrective, predictive, preventive, reliability-centered, and total productive maintenance. This class describes the advantages and disadvantages of each method, the benefits of planned downtime, and the importance of a customized maintenance approach.
Having a targeted, well-designed maintenance plan reduces costly machine breakdowns and production downtime. With this class, manufacturers will learn about the benefits, limitations, and goals of popular maintenance approaches, making them better equipped to support and improve their facility's method.
Summary: This class covers the approaches to process design, particularly concurrent engineering and design for manufacturability. The class also addresses strategies for enhancing and testing manufacturability, and process analysis, modeling, and documentation.
Summary: This class describes the elements that go into effective product design. It identifies key concepts for geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and explains the use of computer aided design.
Summary: This class covers strategies and tools for developing a lean culture within your company.
Summary: This class introduces important factors involved in setting up a production system, such as location analysis, process and equipment selection, testing, and safety and quality standards. Careful planning and design leads to the production of reliable quality goods at a competitive price.
Summary: This class will introduce you to basic machine design concepts, common die assemblies, and inspection devices. You will also learn about current developments in nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing.
Summary: This class describes the flow of products and information in a supply chain and explains the importance of customer service.
Summary: Total Productive Maintenance introduces users to TPM concepts and principles. This class provides an overview of each key TPM pillar, including autonomous maintenance, Five S, planned maintenance, quality maintenance, kaizen, training, safety, and office TPM.
TPM combines aspects from lean manufacturing and quality initiatives to create a blended maintenance approach for both production and administrative areas. Improved safety, longer machine life, and increased employee involvement are just a few benefits of a well-executed TPM strategy. After taking this course, users will be able to describe the key components of total productive maintenance and their role in continuous improvement.
Summary: Five S Overview provides a thorough introduction to the purpose and process of 5S quality initiatives. This class includes separate discussions on each of the five steps, along with information on challenges, advantages, and possible assessment tools.Many companies implement quality initiatives to improve operations and eliminate waste. 5S is a quality method that promotes organization, efficiency, and team work through several sequential steps. After completing this class, users will understand the value of each 5S step and be better equipped to execute and evaluate 5S.
Summary: Cell Design and Pull Systems provides an introduction to the origin, purpose, and advantages of cellular manufacturing. This class describes the basic characteristics of a work cell, along with how cells are planned, organized, and improved. Cell Design and Pull Systems also includes a discussion of related quality concepts, such as takt time, cycle time, kanban systems, and error prevention.
Work cells have become an integral component of many lean facilities due to their ability to streamline operations and decrease lead time. However, cells require planning, organization, and constant team effort. In order for the system to work, everyone must know his or her role in the cell. With this class, someone new to cellular manufacturing will be able to identify the benefits of work cells, use common quality terminology, and understand how supporting strategies, such as kanban and kaizen, come together to create an effective quality system.
Summary: Intro to Six Sigma provides a comprehensive introduction to the goals, methods, and tools used during Six Sigma initiatives. This class discusses the different roles in a Six Sigma team, DMAIC steps, and how to identify variation. Intro to Six Sigma also covers the tools practitioners use to track and analyze data, such as Pareto charts, frequency distribution charts, and run charts.
Unlike some quality initiatives, Six Sigma offers tangible, measurable methods to gage a project's success. This class gives new practitioners the foundational knowledge needed to support a Six Sigma project by introducing them to key terminology and important data analysis tools.
Summary: This class describes manufacturers’ focus on quality and the customer. This class also identifies organizations that certify quality and describes ways quality can be quantified, controlled, and measured.
Summary: Troubleshooting provides a comprehensive overview of various methods and tools used to troubleshoot problems. Troubleshooting often involves finding the root cause of a problem and being able to distinguish deviations from problems and early warning signs from warning signs. Many tools are used to collect and interpret troubleshooting data, including check sheets, fishbone diagrams, and Pareto charts. The 5 Why technique, brainstorming, documentation, and troubleshooting teams are common methods of gathering troubleshooting data. Troubleshooting teams gather data in order to find possible solutions. Teams must test solutions to make sure they offer long-term results.Troubleshooting is an extremely important skill for all areas of industry. The information provided in this class prepares students to solve problems and understand how to work to prevent them in many different settings. Without this knowledge, students would not be able to solve problems effectively.
Summary: Conducting Kaizen Events provides a comprehensive overview of kaizen events and how they work. A kaizen event is a focused project conducted by a cross-functional team that targets a particular problem area. Kaizen events produce both quantitative and qualitative benefits, although there are some potential challenges. During a kaizen event, a team analyzes the current state of the target and plans improvements for the future state. Kaizen events require preparation, training, and follow up.Kaizen events are an important part of lean manufacturing that often lead to dramatic changes and significant results. Kaizen events optimize processes and eliminate waste, which improves quality and reduces costs. After taking this class, students will have a foundational understanding of why kaizen events are held and what happens during a kaizen event. This familiarity prepares students to participate in, and eventually lead, kaizen events.
Summary: Conducting an Internal Audit provides an introduction to the steps involved in performing an internal audit on company processes. This class describes the purpose of internal audits and the role of the audit team, along with guidelines for conducting interviews and identifying nonconformances.In order for a company to succeed, they must establish and follow practices that promote quality production. Internal auditing helps organizations review their daily activities, educate employees, and improve their quality management system. Many companies have regular internal audits in order to maintain ISO 9000 registration. Even if an organization is not seeking registration, auditing is a valuable tool for quality control and continuous improvement. Before beginning an audit, the group must understand the goals of the review and their role in the team. With this class, employees will be better prepared to conduct interviews, evaluate evidence, and contribute to corrective actions.
Summary: SPC Overview offers a thorough introduction to the purpose and main concepts of statistical process control (SPC). This class describes different types of control charts, such as X bar, R, and P charts, and how these tools are used to determine if a process is in-control or out-of-control.
Identifying and eliminating special cause variation is essential to creating quality products and reducing waste. SPC methods are an efficient, effective means to track variation and monitor processes. With SPC tools, manufacturers have the ability to find and fix issues before they lead to product problems. After taking this course, new and current personnel will understand commonly used control charts and recognize out-of-control signs, making them better equipped to contribute to quality control efforts at their facility.
Summary: TS 16949 Overview is an introduction to the structure and requirements of the TS 16949:2009 international automotive standard. This class compares the latest edition of TS 16949 to ISO 9001:2008 and explains how the additions affect standard operating procedures in a quality management system (QMS). It includes an overview of the history and development of TS 16949 and a summary of the standard's eight sections, including a focused discussion on each Product Realization sub-clause.
Many auto manufacturers and part makers become TS 16949:2009 certified to improve their business and prove the effectiveness of their QMS. TS 16949:2009 certification requires thorough documentation, product planning, and a commitment to employee training and continuous improvement. With this class, anyone in the auto manufacturing industry will better understand the contents of the standard and be prepared to navigate the document during quality initiatives.
Summary: IATF 16949:2016 Overview introduces the requirements of the automotive quality management system standard. This class compares the new QMS standard to the previous QMS standard in use, ISO/TS 16949:2009. In this class, users will explore the development of IATF 16949:2016 and will gain an understanding of the requirements in the standard's 10 sections.Many automotive part makers become IATF 16949:2016 certified to improve their business, focus on quality, and meet customer-specific requirements. Companies seeking to certify their quality management system to IATF 16949:2016 must also become certified to ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016 certification requires thorough documentation, planning, a commitment to training, and continual improvement efforts. After taking this class, users will better understand the automotive QMS standard and how it contributes to the success of a company.
Summary: Metrics for Lean provides an introduction to the information and data used to track processes in lean manufacturing facilities, including takt time, cycle time, total time of operations, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and first-time quality.
Metrics are measurable variables that can be tracked over time in order to identify errors or gauge progress. In lean facilities, metrics are tools manufacturers use to identify non-value added activities, streamline operations, and improve operations. After taking this class, users will be able to distinguish between broad and narrow metrics and calculate key values such as takt time and OEE. Understanding this information will help users contribute to lean initiatives and everyday continuous improvement efforts.
Summary: Process Flow Charting provides an overview of the types and purposes of flow charts, including spaghetti diagrams, process maps, and value stream maps. This class describes the value of current- and future-state charts and how they contribute to quality initiatives.Process flow charts are a means to identify waste and inefficiencies in the production process. Choosing a flow chart depends on the needs and goals of the manufacturer; some charts use symbols and incorporate metrics, while others can simply be drawn by watching activities in the facility. With this class, new practitioners will learn about the development and use of flow charts and be better prepared to utilize these tools.
Summary: The class Strategies for Setup Reduction presents several common strategies for decreasing setup, the activities required to prepare a product for processing. The single minute exchange of dies (SMED) method, which strives to reduce setups to under 10 minutes, is a core approach to setup reduction. SMED focuses on transitioning internal steps to external steps, which can be performed while machines are running. Additional SMED practices include using setup teams in parallel operations and prepping tools, paperwork, and materials. Standardization and special devices like one-turn and one-touch fasteners and intermediate jigs also help reduce setup times.
Setup reduction is one of the many goals of lean manufacturing. Reducing setup times allows manufacturers to perform more setups for smaller, more-varied batches so that they can better respond to customer demands. After taking this class, users should be familiar with methods and understand the importance of setup reduction.
Summary: Total Quality Management discusses the major principles of total quality management (TQM). TQM evolved from quality assurance methods, which emphasize quality by design. TQM is a management philosophy that focuses on customer satisfaction, since customers define quality. Efforts to improve quality are integrated throughout each stage of the industrial cycle. Leadership is responsible for creating and executing a strategic TQM plan, as well as establishing an open company culture that involves and empowers all employees. There are many methods that can be used to measure, analyze, and implement TQM.A company can be successful only if its customers are satisfied. TQM helps companies stay competitive by establishing a culture focused on customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. After taking this class, users should understand the importance of TQM and be prepared to contribute to total quality efforts in the workplace.
Summary: This class covers lean tools that managers can use for problem solving and root cause analysis.
Summary: This class covers lean tools for managing product and process design.
Summary: Value Stream Mapping: The Current State provides an introduction to the tools and process of value stream mapping. This course explains common value stream mapping (VSM) icons, the steps to creating a VSM, and outlines how to calculate key metrics, such as cycle time, parts per hour, and capacity. Users will also be guided through the development of a current state VSM for a company making a low-variety/high-volume product.Isolating and eliminating waste are critical to achieving streamlined operations in lean manufacturing. Current and future state value stream maps are one tool companies can use to track their processes and make plans for improvement. After taking this course, users will be able to identify VSM icons, calculate critical metrics, and contribute to current state VSM development.
Summary: This class covers the Six Sigma DMAIC process improvement method and its primary goals, including the most common sub-steps and frequently used tools.
Summary: Value Stream Mapping: The Future State builds on concepts users used in Value Stream Mapping: The Current State. This class describes how to develop a future state value stream map, including how to evaluate a current state value stream map, target problem areas, and design a plan to reduce non-value added activities.A value stream map (VSM) is a process flow chart that manufacturers use to identify waste. The first step in value stream mapping is to create a current state map that represents the present flow of the facility. The next step is to identify areas of waste and develop a future state map. Future state maps represent changes the company can make to improve the facility's layout, production management, and communication systems. Reducing waste and streamlining processes is a goal in all manufacturing facilities. After completing these courses, users will be able to create VSMs and contribute to quality improvement efforts.
Summary: This class covers the methods and tools for maintaining a consistent lean culture within an enterprise.
Summary: This class teaches key processes and systems that optimize value flow and therefore produce optimum results in a lean system.
Summary: This class covers the metrics for measuring lean systems.
Summary: Managing resource productivity is key to the greening of manufacturing. Lean can help with proper attention to a process focus and a systems approach to managing the process improvement effort. Several tools are available that can expand the Lean horizon to accommodate green manufacturing. During this program, participants will see how these resources can work together to add value to their operation's top and bottom lines.
Summary: This course is designed to provide the participant with knowledge to be a critical practitioner with waste and 5S. Having a thorough understanding of waste is fundamental to everything else one might do with the lean body of knowledge. The class will focus on learning to "see" waste, developing approaches to eliminate waste, and finding ways to prevent waste from recurring. The 5S portion of the class will focus on developing a deep understanding of the "why and how" of 5S. Class will include techniques to audit and measure 5S performance. Participants will understand that 5S is a foundational part of the lean journey.
Summary: Total productive maintenance (TPM) is especially important for companies that have dependence on equipment for successful operations. TPM provides a structured way to take care of equipment and to have equipment ready to go when needed. TPM body of knowledge includes clearly defining roles of maintenance personnel and operators, leveraging basic tasks to operators so that maintenance personnel are available to perform higher valued technical tasks, and developing spare parts strategies to minimize downtime disruptions…plus lots more. TPM is a natural evolution in the lean journey.
Summary: This course is designed to provide the participant with a basic understanding of how to use kaizen as part of a lean journey. We will distinguish between kaizen as ongoing continuous improvement and kaizen event as a blitz with a clear beginning and end. This important idea will help practitioners and leaders to sharpen their improvement plans and clarify results expectations. We will develop an understanding of the steps to set up and execute a formal kaizen event. Participants will gain knowledge that will help them lead improvement planning and participate in execution of kaizen activities.
Summary: This course is designed to provide the participant with a deep understanding of flow. Flow is one of the fundamental concepts in the lean body of knowledge. Flow applies to both physical product and to information. The participant will learn how to identify and document flow in an organization and process. The class will distinguish between macro flow (value stream mapping) and micro flow (spaghetti diagramming). The participant will understand how to use flow to identify and "sell" improvement opportunities. Finally, flow is a concept that can be used from "top floor to shop floor" to analyze a business or operation. The participant will gain the knowledge to be a player in the business' improvement projects and journey.
Summary: This practical and hands-on session introduces attendees to the power of practical multi- variable experimental design approaches. Attendees who successfully master these approaches commonly gain a 50% improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of their test protocols. Experimental design is the premier tool to quantify interactions between variables...frequently a key root cause of process and product design anomalies.
Summary: Lean concepts have been adopted by many successful manufacturing companies as a way to reduce costs, satisfy customers, and increase profitability. The process of "becoming lean" may mean a company-wide transformation from current operating style. This course offers a methodology for linking the goals and metrics of a project or initiative to a company's strategic goals and metrics and provides the basis for tracking the effectiveness of lean initiatives.
Summary: A comprehensive journey into how Lean manufacturing principles lead to better results when the people, in any role, have a true appreciation for teamwork and the value of people. Experiential exercises support all learning points. Attendees should have a basic understanding and experience of Lean principles as a prerequisite.
Summary: This course is designed to introduce participants to another visual factory tool that helps control the levels of inventory along with establishing controls used for scheduling work center production. The course will discuss the reasons, rewards, roadblocks and challenges of using kanban signals and supermarket inventory to manage the movement and storage of material. Each participant will see the importance of synchronizing the information and material flow in the facility. Key characteristics such as lead time, takt time, inventory valuation, excessive changeover, material shortages, first time quality, and unbalanced processes will be discussed and the impact shown. The participant will be able to see the impact of continuous improvement on the material management system. This introductory class will give participants enough information to start implementing in their own facility.
Summary: This course provides an introduction to the planning of manufacturing cells, including the physical, procedural, and personnel aspects of cellular manufacturing. It will provide participants with a systematic, step-by-step approach useful on any cell planning project, from simple manual assembly to automated machining and fabrication.
Summary: This multi-day course is designed to have the participant learn how to problem-solve in a team environment through the use of Lean thinking. Using the principles of Lean, participants will work together to plan and implement improvements to a defined topic. Scope and boundaries will be established; the team will attack the issues until resolution is implemented. Most companies do not have enough time to effectively problem-solve, so “band aid” improvements are made. In Lean, kaizen is a way to use cross-functional resources in short periods—or bursts of dedicated time—to effectively improve processes. Kaizen is an intense, well-defined event used to help organizations problem-solve with a systematic approach. The approach utilizes people in a dynamic and fast-pace environment and usually at the origin of the issue being improved. Kaizen techniques utilize many different Lean tools such as line balancing, time observations, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, 5S techniques, and DMAIC.
Summary: This course is designed to help problem-solving teams learn how to identify the features of the non value-added setting up time or changeover equipment used in the manufacturing process. In today’s global market, manufacturers must be more flexible and have the ability to produce smaller quantities and deliver more quickly. They must be able to utilize equipment for as many different parts as possible. This new way of doing business is driving companies to invest in capital equipment and inflate their inventories. This course will help participants combat the impact these new demands are creating. The setups and changeovers comprise a series of steps that are performed to prepare the manufacturing process for a new part. The participant will learn how to define all of the features of a changeover and learn how to eliminate the waste. The elimination of wasteful activities will free up capacity, lower the need for inventory, reduce lead time, and help the organization become more flexible.
Summary: A hands-on course that teaches students how to document and quantify material and information flow within their organizations. In today's global market, time is very important. The Value Stream Mapping techniques help everyone in the organization understand lead time. Lead time encompasses the total amount of time needed to convert raw material into a final product. Most organizations cannot separate the "total time" into manageable pieces. This class will guide the participant through the process used to capture and document the current material and information flows for a given process. Value Stream Mapping techniques allow a team of problem solvers to come together and SEE the door to door process exactly the same. Each participant will visit the Gemba (shop floor) and walk the door to door process. A standard set of icons will be taught and used during this session. A comprehensive case study is used to allow students to practice drawing value stream maps using the standard set of symbols and icons. Upon completion of the value stream maps, the participant will learn to look for strategic areas that could be improved. Each improvement idea will be analyzed for the impact to the lead time. After improvement ideas are identified, each participant will generate a future state map.
Summary: This course teaches specific Lean Six Sigma tools, methods and techniques for performing business improvement and root cause analysis projects. Six Sigma performance benchmarking allows organizations to continuously strive towards perfection. Emotional decisions are replaced with logical fact-based decision-making tools. The Six Sigma Green Belt Team Leader is an important part of fostering a Six Sigma business culture by providing direction and vision to the team members as well as people in their organization. This ensures the team's contributions make for a successful project. The course links Lean Six Sigma principles with team activities and people development to enhance measurable results in operational excellence and ensures a thriving business environment.
Summary: Six Sigma Yellow Belt is an introduction to the Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies, and how to apply them to your specific work environment as part of a team. In a team, the tools and techniques taught are vital to the success of a Six Sigma project, resulting in business improvement and people development.
Summary: Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is structured process that includes critical tasks from concept approval through production. The process follows the AIAG Quality Planning model as described in the AIAG publication, APQP 2nd Edition. In this one-day course we discuss the five phases, together with their tools and techniques. The five phases are:
Summary: This course provides participants with fundamental knowledge and practice on design and process failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). Participants will learn the purpose and benefits of FMEA, the different types of FMEAs and their focus, QS-9000 FMEA requirements and guidelines, FMEA timing and inputs, and steps required for developing FMEA. This course can be adjusted to focus solely on design or process FMEAs at the client's request.
Summary: Most statistical process control (SPC) training focuses on methods rather than execution and strategy skills. The focus of this course is not on basic SPC tools, but rather on how to use these tools to the best advantage. This course maintains an instructional format with a blend of lectures, workshops, and practice problem sessions. As a result of this course, participants will acquire a good understanding of how to apply or refine SPC efforts.
Summary: Value is increased in a product or service by effecting either required function or inherent cost according to redefined formulae. This course uses participant knowledge and expertise in a cross-functional team setting to increase value-perception in current or future products. Participants will learn how to meet client requirements for comprehensive VA/VE analysis while applying the continuous improvement generated by a robust VA/VE technique.
Summary: This class covers the functions and characteristics of the different components of an industrial robot.
Summary: This class describes the various types of end effectors and their uses. It also explains the issue of compliance and describes how to maintain end effectors.
Summary: This class covers the most common applications of industrial robots.
Summary: This class identifies common methods of industrial automation. It describes the available technologies and explains how they are applied in manufacturing.
Summary: This class will describe the most common robot axes. It will explain how to understand these axes, and how they are used to control robot movement.
Summary: This class describes the various types of sensors that provide feedback data to robots. It also explains the categories of sensors and shows how sensors are used in industrial robotics.
Summary: This class will teach you about the importance of maintenance, as well as the various approaches and methods used by maintenance workers today to keep industrial robots performing optimally.
Summary: Introduction to Robotics describes the basics of industrial robotics, including types, applications, and programming methods. Industrial robots are reprogrammable machines that can perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with a high degree of accuracy. Manufacturers increasingly use robots to perform such tasks in order to speed up production, improve part quality, and preserve operator safety. However, robots require human engineers and operators to program, maintain, repair, and oversee them.Industrial robots are highly complex machines that come in a number of types, including stationary robots and mobile robots. These robots are made of a number of intricate components that must be assembled and maintained properly. Similarly, all robots must be programmed to perform a task, and that programming can require adjusting. After taking this class, students will know the basic robot components, type, applications, and programming methods, as well as safety protocols.
Summary: Robot Safety discusses the different ways to prevent robot accidents. Robot accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Most accidents occur because employees bypass the robot's safeguards.There are two kinds of safeguarding systems that protect employees from injury when working with robots. Safety devices stop a robot from operating. Presence-sensing mats, for example, end robot operations when the pressure or weight of an employee is detected. Safety barriers prevent employees from accessing or entering dangerous robot work areas. For example, perimeter fences block employee access to areas where robots are working.Employees must receive training on the robot and wear protective clothing when near the robot. The robot must be installed and maintained as intended by the manufacturer and by authorized personnel only. All robot operators require a certain level of experience and training to work with the robot
Summary: This class describes the physical components of industrial robots. It also describes how these devices move and cause motion to perform work.
Summary: This class covers the basic steps for installing and maintaining an industrial robot.
Summary: In this class, you will learn about the basic types control systems. You will also learn about the effects of PID control in closed-loop control systems and how to tune your system in order to achieve the desired performance.
Summary: This class describes how vision systems work and how they are used for industry. It also describes concerns with mounting cameras and lighting.
Summary: This class describes common ways networks are used for manufacturing. It also describes practical network concerns and indentifies some of the technology used to make industrial networks function correctly.
Summary: Robot Troubleshooting describes the systematic approach of solving issues that cause robotic malfunction. Robots are complex assemblies that have many components that may require troubleshooting, including motors, end effectors, and joints. Troubleshooting focuses on identifying the root cause of a problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms, then identifying a corrective action that will resolve the root cause.Malfunctioning robots can drastically reduce the efficiency and safety of a work space. In addition to potentially creating defective parts, damaging parts, and packing parts incorrectly, malfunctioning robots may need to be removed from service to undergo repairs, which consumes time and resources. After taking this class, users will know the basic troubleshooting process, useful troubleshooting tools, and common robotic malfunction root causes and corrective actions.
Summary: Concepts of Robot Programming introduces the methods that engineers use to train robots to perform manufacturing tasks and the ideas behind those methods. Programming methods include online programming, where robots remain active during programming, and offline programming, where programming occurs independently of robots. Ideas behind robot programming methods include coordinate systems and control programs. Robots are increasingly used in manufacturing operations to perform tasks with great speed and accuracy. Having engineers who understand how to program robots will allow manufacturers to improve the productivity, quality, and safety of a number of different manufacturing operations, including welding, assembling, and packaging. After taking this course, users will understand the ideas behind robot programming and know the basics of the most commonly used programming methods, such as teach-pendant programming and simulations.
Summary: This class describes the basic responsibilities of a leader and gives helpful ideas about how to gain the respect and trust of others. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class describes key types of communication and common roadblocks to communication, as well as how to use effective communication as a tool to help build teamwork and manage conflict. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class covers the various aspects of performance management as well as strategies for motivating employees. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class covers how to address employee performance issues, as well as the basic practices for employee termination. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class describes the basic costs associated with manufacturing and how these costs are typically controlled.
Summary: This class explains the basics of managerial accounting and how this information helps a manager make informed decisions.
Summary: This class covers the basic steps that a manager can take to resolve conflicts in the workplace and help ensure that the same conflicts do not return. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class describes a variety of situations in which a conflict may occur and offers advice for the best approaches to dealing with those conflicts. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class teaches the basics of effectively leading a team, including picking team members and resolving conflicts. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class is an introduction to management for CMfgT. It covers a number of management topics, including project planning, organizational design, theories of leadership and labor relations.
Summary: This class introduces the importance of effective communication and the various forms and mediums of communication in the workplace. The need for encouraging creativity, innovation, and the importance of knowledge and learning in the 21st century workplace is also described.
Summary: This class describes the issues surrounding diversity in the modern workplace, as well as describing some employer responsibilities in regards to diversity management. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class covers how to identify and prevent harassment and discrimination in a diverse workplace, as well as some basic Federal laws that protect workers from harassment and discrimination. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class covers the basic Federal employment laws that apply to manufacturing. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: Is teamwork the ultimate competitive advantage? Every manager's primary purpose is to lead a team. This seminar will help you get every member of your team on the same page, improve performance and realize the potential of the talent you have.
Summary: Companies with poor cost information make bad decisions about products that are not "average". Poor information causes companies to overprice easy, high-volume "gravy" products and underprice difficult, low-volume "dog" products. Learn how to double your profit by giving the dogs to your competitor and keep the gravy for yourself.
Summary: Pricing professionals have long debated the importance of understanding value versus cost. This seminar will show you why BOTH are important and why choosing only a single pricing tool will leave a company exposed to frequent pricing mistakes.Companies typically make their pricing mistakes on four types of products. This seminar will acquaint you with a variety of pricing skills that will help make your company the "smart" competitor in any pricing situation.
Summary: This intensive course goes beyond the basics of project management to deal with real-world problems resulting from changes during a project’s life cycle. During these three days, you will work through the process of bringing a real-world project to completion with minimal negative impact on overall performance, budget, and schedule objectives.This seminar is based on M. J. Termini's latest book, From Concept to Customer: Portfolio, Pipeline and Strategic Project Management, and is taught as a hands-on case study for the attendees. After a brief review of the basic project management tools and techniques, the attendees will work together to address and resolve actual project management obstacles. Each project team's success will depend upon how well they work together as a project team to manage each problem presented to them by the instructor. They will be in competition with other project teams to develop, sell, and implement their project plan in the shortest time possible, while controlling all downside risks and costs.
Summary: By and large, manufacturing organizations tend to promote higher performers into lead roles without giving them the proper training to develop and mentor their teams into higher performers. Poor OJT trainers can lead to low morale and high attrition, resulting in adverse performance and missing financial goals. With an increase of new hires from an unskilled talent pool, it is more important than ever to provide your trainers with a competency to deliver training in a consistent and concise manner. Tooling U-SME has designed a train-the-trainer workshop that will elevate a frontline supervisor or team leader’s competency to develop and conduct new hire on-the-job training within a manufacturing environment. This team-based, interactive workshop will teach best practices in the development and delivery of OJT.The methodology taught in the class has been derived, inspired and modernized from best practices in OJT by Manufacturing in the World War II era. The student will learn and practice critical OJT delivery steps, such as Prepare the Learner, Explain the Operation, Practice and Consolidate. They will also learn and practice proper techniques in employee evaluation, under the guidance of best practices.The class will also cover the necessary knowledge and skills for mentoring and creating a positive learning environment. Finally, the class will discuss best practices in standing up a Worker Qualification Program and drive home the importance of the trainer’s role in the success of a program. This workshop is grounded in theory and emphasized through practice and will develop a professional capability for this area of expertise.
Summary: Total Quality Management...Just-In-Time…Short Cycle Manufacturing...Total Customer Service…all share the same principle – effectively manage both operational and administrative cycle times. Today, TIME has become the single largest tactical advantage for successful manufacturers. Why? Simply put; no matter how excellent your products are or how high the quality of those products, unless you can deliver them faster than your competitors, your customers will take their business elsewhere. They simply cannot afford to wait. Market dynamics are becoming increasingly short-cycled, product life cycles shorter, price-point pressures greater, and competition for consumers more intense. According to recent Commerce Department statistics, the window of opportunity for most domestic products today is smaller by 30% than it was only five years ago. Couple that with the recent movement by most primary and Tier 1 manufacturers to reduce their supply bases by 65% to 70% over the next three years, and you have the formula for either a significant market share increase, or business failure depending upon how effectively you are managing your total cycle time.
Summary: The course focuses on presentation of material, with concurrent questions & answers and group discussion of the various topics.
Summary: Participants will learn the alternative and highly effective new way to implement teams in their organization. Participants will learn surprising facts about why teams fail and how to jump-start a team. The instructor will discuss personal experiences in establishing teams and eventual results including cutting lead time from three days to ten hours, reducing defects by 78%, and improving productivity by 31%. Most strikingly, morale (measured by corporate surveys) improved by 210%!
Summary: This course teaches participants how to apply work measurement analysis tools, how to efficiently plan and lay out a manufacturing operation, and how to improve manufacturing processes through method engineering principles. The continually changing role of the industrial engineer will be explored. Participants will learn how to use new engineering tools to improve productivity and efficiency.
Summary: The purpose of this course is to provide an overall introduction and review of manufacturing processes, equipment, and process capabilities, with a strong emphasis on product design, material, process, and equipment selection. Major issues in modern manufacturing and global competition will also be discussed. Non-engineers who work in a manufacturing environment will benefit from understanding how a product is manufactured.
Summary: Project management in today's global markets requires an entirely new set of leadership, management and technological skills because many of today's projects are critical to the strategic direction and vision of the organization. As a consequence, project management is no longer merely a low profile, fill-in activity. It requires a high degree of commitment to both operational and fiscal results, an acceptance of accountability for conformance to project stakeholder requirements, and exceptional leadership skills with which to forge a synergistic chemistry between diverse functional groups. Success in today's dynamic, complex business environments is predicated on:
Summary: This course arms project managers with the essential knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively manage and even predict the effects of risks on the project. The project manager must accept the fact that risks exist and learn to deal with them effectively. For every project, the benefits of the project must be weighed against the potential risks to both the customer and to the project manager's own organization. In today's business climate, both senior management and the customer have become increasingly adverse to risk, particularly risks imposed without an offsetting benefit or value.
Summary: There is a significant difference between being an excellent individual contributor and in being an excellent leader. Leadership and management skills do not come naturally in all but a few cases, but rather must be learned—ideally before a new assignment or promotion is awarded. Certainly, an individual may have some of the basic natural talents to be a good leader, but many of the nuances of effective leadership must be learned either through experience or mentoring from someone who has made the transition successfully.This dynamic course examines practical, yet highly effective closed-loop management techniques to develop a successful leadership and management style that will guide a transition into the senior management ranks. The emphasis is on real-world, practical techniques developed by business leaders from a wide array of industries.
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