Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply, "Lean," is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for. Basically, lean is centered on preserving value with less work. Lean manufacturing is a generic process management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System (TPS) (hence the term Toyotism is also prevalent) and identified as "Lean" only in the 1990s. It is renowned for its focus on reduction of the original Toyota seven wastes to improve overall customer value.
Our training programs our design to be carried out in both the classroom and the workplace so as to ensure the rapid take up of learning and delivery of benefit.
Lean & Agile Simulation
The Lean and Agile Manufacturing Simulation Model simulates the concepts of lean and agile manufacturing. It is a 'live' working factory model that is used to simulate the effect of different operating styles for example, typical 'mass production' plant, and 'lean' production plant.
It is a learning experience that will improve your understanding of the concepts of lean production and the true philosophy of value stream management. The simulation stresses the importance of Lean continuous improvement techniques to improve the process, communications, and the workplace culture. Participants work as a team to plan, fabricate, manufacture, assemble, and ship products. Model functions include; warehousing, fabrication, WIP storage, assembly, inspection, accounting and shipping utilizing a miniature factory model, complete with tools, fixtures, materials and shop floor paperwork transactions.
Lean Training Courses
At SBS we can deliver at your company a comprehensive programme of 1,2, 5 day Lean training modules that include:
- Value Stream Mapping
- 5 S
- 7 Wastes
- Kaizen Blitz
- Visual Factory
- Pull Mechanisms
- Single Piece Flow
- Standardized Work
- Self Direct Teams/High Performance Work Organizations
- Managing Change