Boost operational effectiveness and productivity, drive continuous improvement, improve quality and reduce scrap.
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: 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: This class introduces users to additive manufacturing (AM) processes by outlining the history of AM, describing AM technology, and exploring current and future additive manufacturing applications.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides users with an overview of the different processes used in additive manufacturing. This class also details the materials used in each process and any additional considerations specific to those materials.
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: The class Basic Measurement offers an overview of common gaging and variable inspection tools and methods. Variable inspection takes a specific measurement using common devices such as calipers and micrometers. The sensitivity of the instrument must be greater than the measurement being taken. Both calipers and micrometers are read by finding the alignments in lines on the devices. Gages, such as gage blocks, plug gages, ring gages, and thread gages, reveal whether a dimension is acceptable or unacceptable without a specific quantity. All inspection devices should be properly mastered and maintained to retain accuracy.
One of the fundamental activities of any shop is the measurement of part features. Consistent measurement and inspection maintains standardization and ensures that out-of-tolerance parts do not reach customers. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the use and care of common inspection instruments and gages used in the production environment.
Summary: The class Calibration Fundamentals provides a basic introduction to the importance of calibrating measuring instruments. Calibration determines the accuracy of measuring instruments by comparing its value to a higher-level measurement standard, usually a working standard gage block. Measurement standards follow a hierarchy consisting of primary, secondary, and working standards. Traceability links these standards together. Measurement uncertainty estimates the accuracy of a measurement. It is the range in which the true value of a measurement is expected to lie.
High-accuracy parts require tight tolerances. Tighter tolerances require higher-accuracy measuring instruments. While uncertainty and error exists in every measurement, careful calibration can help to minimize inaccuracy when inspecting parts with measuring instruments. After taking this class, users should be able to explain how calibration and traceability impact the use and care of inspection devices.
Summary: Basics of Tolerance provides a comprehensive overview on part tolerancing, including different types of tolerances and the relationship between tolerances and part dimensions. Every manufactured part must meet certain specifications. Tolerances describe the range of acceptable measurements in which a part can still perform its intended function. Tolerance ranges typically describe a linear measurement. Surface texture can require a certain tolerance as well. Tolerances attempt to balance the use of a product with the cost required to produce that product.Improper tolerancing can result in parts that do not function in the way they were intended or parts produced with dimensions that are more precise than necessary, adding unwanted cost to production. After the class, users will be able to describe common methods used for part tolerancing, as well as the impact tolerances have on part production and quality.
Summary: The class Blueprint Reading provides a thorough understanding of blueprints and how to read them. Blueprints are documents that contain three major elements: the drawing, dimensions, and notes. The drawing illustrates the views of the part necessary to show its features. Together, the extension and dimension lines on the drawing indicate dimensions and specific tolerance information of each feature. The notes contain administrative and global information about the part. A blueprint contains all instructions and requirements necessary to manufacture and inspect a part.An understanding of how to read a blueprint is critical to manufacture and inspect parts to accurate specifications. Accurate blueprint creation helps to ensure that finished parts will function in a way that meets the original intent. After taking this class, users should be able to read a basic blueprint and determine the critical features on a part that need to be measured.
Summary: The class Hole Standards and Inspection provides a comprehensive introduction to hole inspection using contact instruments. Hole inspection ensures that a hole will meet its proper job specifications, including fit, diameter, roundness, and condition. Gaging instruments, like pin and plug gages, determine fit. Variable instruments determine size and must make three points of contact to find out-of-round conditions. Variable instruments may be mechanical, electronic, optical, or pneumatic. More complex handheld devices include telescoping gages, split-ball gages, calipers, inside micrometers, and bore gages.
Job specifications, environmental concerns, and economic issues all determine which hole inspection device to use. Choosing the wrong tool could result in an out-of-tolerance hole passing inspection. After taking this class, users should be able to explain how to measure common hole features with plug gages, pin gages, and calipers and verify they are within tolerance.
Summary: Thread Standards and Inspection explains the various parts of threads and how to inspect them. Manufacturers inspect threads according to unified or ISO standards or using System 21, System 22, and System 23. Several features must be checked to make sure that threads meet specifications. Gaging inspection tools, or go/no-go gages, simply determine whether or not a part will fit. Variable thread inspection tools determine whether a thread falls within a specified tolerance range. Thread type and specifications affect the tools used to inspect threads.Understanding the various components and classifications used to identify threads is critical for accurate inspection. After the class, the user will be able to explain how to measure common threaded features with internal and external thread gages and verify the features are within tolerance.
Summary: The class Surface Texture and Inspection provides information on surface finish and methods involved for its inspection. The surface finish achieved by a machining process determines how well a surface performs its given function. Surface inspection compares the specified nominal surface and real surface to find the measured surface. Measurement can be completed by comparison, direct measurement with a stylus-type instrument, or noncontact methods. A real surface contains irregularities (flaws, roughness, waviness, and lay) that make up its surface texture. Roughness is the most common irregularity used to inspect surfaces.
The desired finish of a surface changes how precisely a part must be machined. Inspecting for surface roughness reduces the cost of surface finish by allowing companies to produce parts to customer specifications. After the class, users should be able to describe commonly used methods for tolerancing a part's surface roughness in a production environment.
Summary: Introduction to GD&T provides a basic introduction to the symbols and vocabulary of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, or GD&T. GD&T is an international design standard that uses 14 standard geometric tolerances to control the shape of features. GD&T emphasizes the fit, form, and function of a part by comparing the physical features of the part to the imaginary datums specified in the design instructions. Every part feature is described by a series of symbols, which are organized in the feature control frame.Because GD&T uses tolerance zones that more accurately follow the shape of a feature rather than a square grid and emphasizes the relationship between features, blueprints usually utilitize GD&T to describe parts. This means that to fully understand a blueprint, it is necessary to know the GD&T symbols and what they mean. After taking this class, users should be able to better understand the symbols commonly used in a GD&T print.
Summary: The class Major Rules of GD&T provides an overview of the rules and concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, or GD&T, including Rule #1, Rule #2, bonus tolerance, the 3-2-1 Rule, and virtual and resultant conditions, as well as the datum reference frame (DRF). The DRF limits all six degrees of freedom by mapping three perpendicular planes onto the part using datum feature simulators. GD&T standards offer specific guidelines on a wide range of part features, including projected tolerance zones, radii, controlled radii, tapers, threads, and gears. Special rules also apply for composite or single segment tolerancing and statistical tolerancing.
GD&T functions as a complex language used in blueprints to convey all necessary information about a part. To accurately read a GD&T print, the student must understand its many guidelines. After taking this class, users should be able to explain key GD&T concepts and various approaches for situating a part within the DRF.
Summary: Inspecting a Prismatic Part explains the measurements, methods, and inspection tools necessary to confirm that a prismatic part meets its specifications. A number of instruments have the right amount of sensitivity required to inspect most prismatic parts, but a CMM is often the most accurate. Inspection starts by measuring each size dimension in two ways: the cross-sectional dimension, or actual local size, and, sometimes, the actual mating envelope (AME). Prismatic parts are also routinely inspected for certain geometric tolerances, including straightness, flatness, profile of a line, profile of a surface, angularity, perpendicularity, parallelism, and position.The ways in which a part must be inspected is based largely upon its shape, so proper inspection of a prismatic part requires an understanding of its basic dimensions and tolerances. After taking this class, users will be able to describe best practices for inspecting the complete layout of a prismatic part.
Summary: Inspecting a Cylindrical Part explains the measurements, methods, and inspection tools necessary to confirm that a cylindrical part meets its specifications. A number of instruments have the right amount of sensitivity required to inspect most cylindrical parts, but a CMM is often the most accurate. Inspection starts by measuring each size dimension in two ways: the cross-sectional dimension, or actual local size, at one location along the part and the actual mating envelope (AME) along the part’s entire length. Cylindrical parts are also routinely inspected for certain geometric tolerances.The ways in which a part must be inspected is based largely upon its shape. Thus proper inspection of a cylindrical part requires an understanding of its basic dimensions and tolerances. After the class users should be able to describe best practices for inspecting the complete layout of a cylindrical part.
Summary: Advanced Hole Inspection provides an overview of hole inspection using noncontact instruments. Holes that require a specific type of fit, either clearance, interference, or transition, also require a higher degree of accuracy. Noncontact hole inspection devices provide this, as well as an ability to measure fragile parts and high volumes of parts. These more sophisticated variable hole inspection devices include coordinate measuring machines, measuring microscopes, optical comparators, borescopes, laser systems, and air gages.Job specifications, part dimensions, and feature size all determine which hole inspection device to use on holes requiring a certain fit. Choosing a tool without a high degree of accuracy could result in an out-of-tolerance hole passing inspection. After taking this class, users will be able to describe advanced methods for inspecting hole dimensions and geometric features in a lab setting.
Summary: Inspecting with Optical Comparators provides an overview of the optical comparator, which uses optics to project an enlarged, two-dimensional shadow of a part onto a glass screen for measurement of its length, width, and surface. Simple optics display the part upside down and backwards. Corrected optics display the part right side up and backwards. Fully corrected optics yield an image identical to the part orientation. Regardless of type and complexity, all optical comparators measure by comparison, screen rotation, and motion.If optical comparators are properly maintained, measurement error is the result of the operator. By understanding the components and measurement methods of the optical comparator, operators can avoid unwanted variation. Variation in measurement can lead to faulty parts passing inspection and reaching consumers. After completing the class, users will be able to describe best practices for using the optical comparator to inspect parts.
Summary: Inspecting with CMMs provides a comprehensive overview of the functions and mechanics of the coordinate measuring machine, or CMM. A CMM’s probe contacts the various features on a workpiece and records their Cartesian coordinate locations with software. CMMs measure using either contact or noncontact methods and can be used in a lab or on the production floor. CMMs use either manual operation, joystick, or DCC to guide components.As long as the operator is trained in its use, the CMM provides high accuracy measurements with minimum human influence in a very short amount of time. This allows the operator to respond to machining errors and reduce scrap. After this class, users should be able to describe best practices for using the CMM to inspect parts.
Summary: Calibration and Documentation details the calibration of measuring instruments and its necessary documentation. Calibration should occur at regular intervals. Companies should have a written document that defines their calibration procedures. Calibration records and reports ensure that traceability is intact. This documentation proves that measurements are accurate. The required accuracy of the measuring instrument determines in-house or outside calibration. Without traceability, there is no way to ensure that a measurement made by an inspection device is accurate.Calibration and documentation reduce waste and increase part accuracy, which in turn increases customer satisfaction. After taking the class, users should be able to describe best practices for instrument and gage calibration, along with correct documentation of calibration efforts.
Summary: In-Line Inspection Applications offers an in-depth look at the uses of in-line inspection, or error-proofing, in a production environment. Error-proofing uses individualized setups to inspect a part while it is still in production. Gage selection for in-line inspection depends on variables such as part type, production specifics, environment, and process control needs. Possible gaging options include limit or proximity switches, counters or timers, photoelectric or laser sensors, air gages, machine vision systems, and ultrasonic systems. In-line inspection is only feasible if it can be done with repeatability and accuracy.Inspection of parts during production, instead of after it is complete, allows a company to prevent errors before they occur and reach customers. After taking the class, users should be able to describe the various methods for incorporating in-line inspection into an established production process.
Summary: This class explains the purpose and methods of measuring systems analysis, including measurement variation and gage repeatability and reproducibility studies.
Summary: This class introduces the fundamental concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and describes the main types of tolerances included in the standard. This class references the 1994 standard. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class explains important rules of GD&T and also describes how common features are specified in GD&T prints. This class references the 1994 standard. Includes an Interactive Lab.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 identifies how each department and function of a company plays a role in producing quality products for the customer.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Intro to OSHA provides an introduction to the purpose of OSHA and how its standards and guidelines affect employers and employees. Most U.S. workplaces are covered by OSHA, and its existence has greatly improved workplace safety. Some industries are not covered by OSHA, however, and some states have safety programs that take the place of OSHA. OSHA standards are enforceable by law. Compliance with OSHA standards is enforced by inspections and record keeping, which have specific steps and requirements. Employers and employees have different rights and responsibilities regarding OSHA standards.
Both employers and employees benefit from basic knowledge about OSHA's purpose, standards, and practices. Violations of OSHA standards are punishable by law and render the workplace unsafe for all personnel. A basic awareness of the standards, rights, and responsibilities will help employees to bolster workplace safety as well as keep the workplace legally compliant.
Summary: The class Ergonomics provides an overview of the science of ergonomics and its application in the workplace. Ergonomic hazards may be present in any work environment, and are a common safety risk. Not all ergonomic risks are apparent, but they can still cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Vibration, poor posture or positioning, and repetitive motion are common ergonomic hazards, though back injuries are the most common workplace injuries. The majority of work-related back injuries are caused by unsafe lifting techniques. Even computer tasks can cause MSDs over time. Ergonomic solutions should be tailored to the individual employee performing the job or task.Ergonomic programs are an effective way for any employer to increase employee safety, decrease injury and illness, reduce sick time, boost employee morale, and reduce turnover rates. Implementing proper ergonomics in the workplace increases productivity and reduces the cost of sick leave and new employee training.
Summary: The class Personal Protective Equipment introduces the purpose and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE). As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PPE minimizes exposure to hazards and helps prevent injury. In order to select appropriate PPE, employers must first evaluate the workplace with a hazard assessment. PPE may be categorized by the area of the body it protects. PPE is available in several types, designs, and materials. Every employer is responsible for providing the appropriate PPE for workers who require it, and it is every employee's responsibility to properly wear and use PPE.
OSHA does not often specify which types of PPE should be worn, but requires that employers train each employee in proper use and retrain when PPE changes or if PPE is used improperly. After taking this class, users should be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding personal protective equipment and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.
Summary: In the class Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation, students will learn about the effects of sound and noise on the body and how to protect themselves from related injuries. Occupational hearing loss is preventable through hearing conservation.The two main types of hearing loss are conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be caused by excess noise, hereditary factors, certain drugs, or illnesses. When excessive noise is present, employees must be provided with hearing protection. Using proper hearing protection will help ensure that ears remain capable of detecting important and subtle sound changes.Students enrolled in this course will learn various ways to protect their hearing and why preventative measures should be taken to avoid hearing damage. They will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding noise levels and hearing conservation and the impact had on daily operations in the workplace.
Summary: Respiratory Safety details the appropriate types and use of breathing equipment for various airborne hazards. There are two common types of breathing equipment: air-purifying respirators and atmosphere-supplying respirators. Employees who require breathing equipment must undergo a medical evaluation and fit-testing. OSHA requires employers to provide employees who require breathing equipment with clean respirators in good condition, and comprehensive, understandable training. Employees must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to use respirators prior to ever wearing one.Training on the use and importance of respirators is crucial to doing safe and effective work and reduces accidents, injuries, and lost work hours. After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations and best practices for using respiratory equipment, along with environments that require this equipment.
Summary: Lockout/Tagout Procedures details the OSHA requirements and best practices for preventing accidental startup during maintenance and repair. It addresses electrical power and the many other forms of energy that a machine or device may use. All forms of energy must be successfully restrained or dissipated in order for safe maintenance. Lockout/Tagout Procedures describes using a lockout device that prevents unauthorized access of the energy-isolating mechanism. OSHA has strict requirements for lockout and tagout devices, which must be standardized, easily recognized warning signs. Users will learn OSHA's specific steps for all parts of the control of hazardous energy, from shutdown to startup, including defining authorized vs. affected employees.Following proper lockout/tagout procedures is essential to preventing employee injuries and fatalities. All employees must be familiar with lockout/tagout in order to prevent the dangers of accidental machine startup.
Summary: SDS and Hazard Communication focuses on communication methods about hazardous workplace substances and how they increase employee awareness and safety. Education, labeling, data collection, testing, and other communication methods detail the dangers of specific chemicals and offer methods of protection from physical and health hazards. OSHA requires that employers establish a written hazard communication program to communicate employee responsibilities, standard implementation, chemical hazards, and safety measures. Hazard communication programs must include a chemical inventory, specific labeling, SDS for each individual chemical, and training.After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding hazardous materials and SDS and their impact on daily workplace operations. Understanding these regulations is critical in maintaining workplace safety and efficient operation.
Summary: The class Bloodborne Pathogens explains the nature of common bloodborne pathogens and how to handle exposure in the workplace. A bloodborne pathogen is a microorganism present in human blood that can cause disease. Common pathogens include HIV, which causes AIDS, HBV, which causes hepatitis B, and HCV, which causes hepatitis C. Exposure to blood can occur in the workplace through work-related tasks and procedures, through accidents, or by administering first aid. To avoid exposure, workers should observe the universal precautions recommended by the CDC. Employers are required by OSHA to implement controls to minimize exposures in the workplace.Employees who understand how to protect themselves from bloodborne pathogen exposure make the workplace safer for everyone and benefit their employer. After taking this class, users should be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.
Summary: Walking and Working Surfaces will inform employees of the ways they can decrease the risks of injury and death regarding walking and working surfaces by following the guidelines as provided by OSHA. Hazards exist when people or objects may fall from one level to another through various openings such as floor and wall openings, floor and wall holes, platforms, or runways. All openings must be guarded by devices such as railings, covers, and toeboards. Standards regarding the construction, dimension, and usage of stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and manually propelled ladder stands are also set by OSHA. Failing to use and maintain walking and working surfaces correctly can result in serious injury. After taking this course, employees will be able to describe OSHA regulations covering safe practices with walking and working surfaces and how following those regulations will positively impact daily operations in the workplace.
Summary: The class Fire Safety and Prevention examines common workplace fire safety procedures. Fires, no matter how small, should be reported immediately. Buildings are equipped with extinguishing systems that actuate an alarm and discharge an extinguishing agent to control advanced stage fires. Portable fire extinguishers are available for extinguishing incipient stage fires using the P.A.S.S. technique. Employees not authorized to fight the fire should evacuate immediately.
Employers should create an emergency action plan that dictates the procedures to be carried out in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, employees should stay calm, follow procedures, and go directly to assembly areas. Employers must account for all employees and provide first aid until medical services arrive. After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding fire safety and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.
Summary: Flammable and Combustible Liquids describes procedures required to safely handle, store, and dispose of dangerous liquids. Flammable and combustible liquids are divided into different categories or classifications based on properties such as flash and boiling points. Anyone who must handle or transfer these liquids must take precautions such as bonding and grounding to prevent accidental ignition. OSHA requires proper hazard communication and written procedures for any process involving flammable and combustible liquids, and details various standards for methods of storage, transfer, and safe disposal.Proper handling, storing, and disposing of flammable and combustible liquids prevents costly and potentially deadly fires in the workplace. Flammable and Combustible Liquids provides users with information on liquid hazards as well as safe methods of storage, handling, transfer, use, and disposal.
Summary: The class Hand and Power Tool Safety provides guidelines for the safe use of common hand and power tools. Employees should never remove any safety guards from a tool’s point of operation unless authorized. Tools must be regularly cleaned and maintained, and all blades must be kept sharp. The worksite must be kept organized, clean, and dry. All tool applications require PPE, including eye and other protection. Before working, employees must consult the owner's manual and be familiar with how the tool functions. Employees must also use the right tool for the job and follow the work practices that are specific to each type of tool.When employees use proper safety guidelines when handling hand and power tools, their employers benefit from reduced accidents on the job and lowered costs caused by work-related injuries. Safe handling of tools also increases work quality. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the safe use and care of hand and power tools.
Summary: Safety for Lifting Devices covers the different pieces of lifting equipment that may be used in the workplace and the safest ways to work with those pieces of equipment. Overhead cranes and hoists are used for lifting heavy loads. Other lifting devices include slings, portable lifting stands, gantry cranes, and derricks. Extra equipment is necessary to secure loads to lifting devices. This equipment must be inspected daily for excessive wear and damage.
Understanding how to maintain and operate lifting devices will allow future operators and employers to work with lifting devices safely and effectively. After taking this class, students will be able to describe the proper steps necessary to safely lift and transport materials within the work environment.
Summary: Powered Industrial Truck Safety provides an overview of safety topics related to forklifts and other PITs. OSHA has many standards surrounding the use of PITs in the workplace for operators, non-operators, attended vehicles, and unattended vehicles. OSHA also has detailed training requirements for PIT operators. To safely operate a PIT, operators must understand basic principles of stability, including the concepts of a fulcrum and centers of gravity. Operators must also be aware of the weight and shape of loads and what individual vehicles are capable of handling.Powered industrial trucks are a common source of workplace accidents, so a strong knowledge of how to safely operate and work with PITs is crucial for any environment where they are used. PIT accidents can lead to property and inventory damage as well as employee injury. Operators should know how to avoid OSHA violations and how to handle a load without tipping the vehicle.
Summary: The class Confined Spaces explains the OSHA requirements pertaining to confined spaces. A confined space has limited means of entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined space hazards are caused by the material in the confined space, the activity carried out in the space, and the external environment. OSHA requires a permit for entering any confined space with an additional hazard.Confined spaces pose a safety hazard for employees. Employers must develop a written permit-required confined space program and train and certify all permit space entrants. Training should discuss the specific types of confined spaces and hazards employees will encounter at their worksite. Entrants must wear proper PPE and use specialized equipment that does not cause additional hazards.After taking this class, the user should be able to describe OSHA regulations and best practices for performing work safely in a confined space.
Summary: Environmental Safety Hazards details the risks of chemical, biological, physical, and ergonomic hazards in the work environment. Hazard exposure can cause injury and illness, causing short- and long-term effects. Many hazards can be detected using the senses, but special equipment is sometimes necessary. There are many forms of hazard communication, including SDS. Using PPE diminishes risks posed by exposure to environmental hazards. There are government agencies that help assure employees’ safety by creating standards and legislation and studying hazards. However, the employer is ultimately responsible for providing a safe and hazard-free environment.
Awareness of environmental safety hazards can prevent employee injury, reducing time off and workplace accident rates. After taking this course, users will be able to identify various hazards in the workplace and their possible effects on the human body.
Summary: Arc Flash Safety provides a comprehensive review of the ways employees can protect themselves from injuries caused by exposure to arc flash. Arc flash is an intense release of heat and light caused by a variety of workplace situations involving electricity, including equipment failure and human error. Arc flash risk assessments, boundaries, and personal protective equipment help prevent arc flash and its effects. Regular inspection and maintenance of electrical systems and machinery also help prevent arc flash.Arc flash is one of the most dangerous hazards of working with electricity. After taking this class, users will be aware of the causes and dangers associated with arc flash, as well as the precautions and personal protective equipment that can help prevent arc flash exposure. This information prepares users to work safely and effectively in environments with the potential for arc flash.
Summary: This class covers basic machine guarding practices and devices and includes information on hazardous machine components, motions, and actions.
Summary: The class Math Fundamentals covers basic arithmetic operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Additionally, it introduces the concept of negative numbers and integers. The class concludes with an overview of the order of operations and grouping symbols.Basic mathematical operations are the foundations upon which all math relies. Mastery of these foundational tasks will ease a student into more complicated mathematics, such as algebra and geometry, both of which are commonly used in a variety of manufacturing environments.
Summary: Math: Fractions and Decimals provides the methods used to perform basic mathematical operations using fractions, decimals, and percentages. The class covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with fractions and decimals. It also discusses conversions between fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, and improper fractions.Almost any manufacturing print uses fractions and decimals in its measurements. Knowing how to handle these numbers and convert between them is an essential part of the basic skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment.
Summary: The class Units of Measurement provides a thorough explanation of the English and Metric systems and how conversion between them occurs. The common base units of measurement are length, area, volume, mass, and temperature. The English system uses inches, feet, yards, and miles to measure length, while the Metric system uses the meter, millimeter, centimeter, and kilometer. Metric conversion requires simply knowing the equivalent number of units and moving the decimal point accordingly. When converting between Metric and English units, use a reference chart, multiply, or divide, depending on the conversion.
Units of measurement are used every day in a production environment. Converting between units is often required, especially for businesses dealing internationally. After taking this class, users should be able to perform calculations involving common English units, metric units, and conversions between the two systems.
Summary: Math: Algebra Fundamentals provides a detailed overview of the basics of algebra, including the operations needed to solve a single variable equation. Basic algebra is used constantly in manufacturing, from the production floor to the accounting department.Any time a number is unknown, algebra can be used to determine that missing value. Although algebra uses the same basic operations as other mathematics, there are several new operations used to find missing variables in problems. After taking this class, users will be able to simplify, factor, and balance basic equations, as well as calculate for missing values in equations with only one variable. The user will also be able to use algebra to create an equation based on a simple story problem.
Summary: The class Geometry: Lines and Angles discusses the basic building blocks of all geometry: the line and the angle. Every print used in manufacturing is composed of lines and angles which must be interpreted to manufacture the depicted part. Though part geometry can be incredibly complex, all geometric prints can be broken down into simpler lines and angles. The relationships between the various angles formed when lines intersect can be used to solve geometry problems and interpret blueprints.
An understanding of lines and angles is fundamental to learning and applying geometry as well as trigonometry and calculus. After taking this class, users should have a grasp on the types of lines and angles used in geometry, the angles that are formed by intersecting lines, and tranversals. An understanding of the basics of geometry is necessary in various fields including inspection, part program applications, and other important areas of manufacturing.
Summary: The class Geometry: Triangles discusses triangles and the specific mathematical operations unique to them. While the triangle is a very basic shape, it can be found as a part of more complex shapes. Triangles are often used as the basic shapes that compose three-dimensional CAD designs. Right triangles also form the basis of trigonometry. Since triangles are so commonly used, an understanding of the types of triangles and the methods for calculating missing information from them is essential to users.After taking this class, users will be able to categorize triangles by their sides and angles, calculate missing angles based on the measurements of other angles, and determine the area of a triangle.
Summary: Geometry: Circles and Polygons covers the specifics of geometry involving circles and polygons with any number of sides. The class includes a discussion on the internal angles of a circle as well as the method to calculate the circumference and area of a circle. Additionally, this class covers the calculation of missing angles in any polygonCircles and polygons, along with triangles, are the basic building blocks of any geometric figure. Knowledge of the calculations and uses of circles and polygons can prove useful when working with prints in any number of manufacturing capacities.
Summary: Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem provides an explanation of the Pythagorean theorem and how it is used to solve various math problems involving and using right triangles. The class covers the use of powers and roots and the process that is used to solve for unknown dimensions on blueprints.The Pythagorean theorem is used to solve for the lengths of sides of right triangles. To find missing measurements in a print with a right angle, manufacturers can find or create right triangles and use the Pythagorean theorem. After taking this class, users will be able to use the Pythagorean theorem to calculate missing lengths in right triangles and solve for missing dimensions on various types of blueprints by utilizing right triangles where appropriate.
Summary: The class Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent discusses the three basic ratios that are the basis for trigonometry. Trigonometry is based on the specific relationships between the sides and angles of right triangles. Using trigonometry, a person can determine the missing angle and side measurements of a right triangle based on the information present in a drawing.
Although solving trigonometric ratios often requires a calculator, users must know which ratios to apply to a particular problem and how to calculate them. In situations where parts are being manufactured, this knowledge is crucial to effective production of parts that require specific dimensions and angles.After taking this class, a user should be able to define the various trigonometric ratios, and use them to solve various problems, including calculating a taper angle on a print.
Summary: Trigonometry: Sine Bar Applications discusses sine bars and the trigonometry required to use them. Sine bars are used when an angle needs to be machined, measured, or inspected. Sine bars are used with gage blocks to set a workpiece at an angle. To find the necessary measurements for the gage blocks or the sine bar angle, trigonometric ratios are used. These ratios include sine, cosine, and tangent. Gage pins are sometimes used with sine bars and gage blocks to increase the range of measurements.After taking this class, a user should be able to make the necessary calculations for setting up a specific workpiece angle using a sine bar.
Summary: Statistics provides a good overview of the various terms and methods commonly used for statistical analysis. In modern manufacturing, statistics are used as part of continuous improvement methods to analyze the data gathered during inspections to determine the quality of a product and examine the processes used to make it.Every person in a manufacturing environment should have an awareness of what statistical terminology and be able to use statistical concepts in the workplace. After taking this class, a user will be able to calculate the mean, median, and mode for a set of data. The user will also be able to explain the difference between natural and unnatural variation, the use histograms and bell curves, and the meaning of standard deviation.
Summary: This class provides an overview of the key concepts of physics and works through practical mathematic application.
Summary: This class introduces common metal shaping operations, including sheet and bulk metal processes, extrusion, forging, casting, and powder metallurgy.
Summary: This class will introduce you to common finishing and coating processes, printed circuit board fabrication, and common material handling methods.
Summary: This class presents a general overview and refresher for the the most common rules of geometry.
Summary: This class presents a general overview and refresher for the rules of trigonometry.
Summary: This class provides an overview of common features found in prints and describes how to properly inspect them. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Summary: This class covers the basic concepts of calculus.
Summary: To better define a product, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is often used as a symbolic way of showing specific tolerances on drawings. GD&T is a valuable language that communicates the design intent to manufacturing and inspection. It is governed by the technical standard ASME Y14.5-2009. This course covers all aspects of GD&T. In addition to learning the theory, participants will see numerous examples that demonstrate specific applications. Participants are welcome to bring sample prints to the class for discussion or private consultation.
Summary: Engineering drawings (often still called blueprints) are the means of communicating the necessary requirements of a product or assembly. While much of a drawing is devoted to the different visual views, there is a great deal of other information to understand. This one-day course covers the basic areas of interpreting mechanical drawings, from the details found in a title block to the meaning of different line types to a proper method for visualizing a part from the two-dimensional images. Participants will also learn how to interpret dimensions and tolerances, and review several sample drawings throughout the day.
Summary: Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a three-dimensional international engineering language used by design, production, and engineering staff. Proper interpretation and application of the language may mean the difference between quality products with excellent cycle time or defective products and extended time to market. This course will provide an overview on the general concepts of GD&T, the benefits of its use, and the cost of implementation.
Summary: This course will show how a product's functional requirements are converted into designs which have the highest level of functionality, manufacturability, and assembly, but at the lowest cost. This will be accomplished by integrating many different support tools, the most important of which is geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). GD&T will be demonstrated as the only tool which has the versatility to convey functionality, design intent, fixturing requirements, and verification techniques, making it the only common language uniting designers, manufacturing engineers, and quality control personnel.
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.
All classes available in Spanish except CLASS 2.0 coursesAll classes ONLINE except where noted