Lean Manufacturing

Venue: Blacksburg

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: May 10, 2004 End Date/Time: May 12, 2004
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Lean Manufacturing, simply defined, is a method of doing more with less. Specifically, Lean Manufacturing is producing high quality products with minimal floor space, work-in-process (WIP) inventory, finished goods inventory, material movement, non-value-added activities, and human effort. Lean Manufacturing encompasses elements of total quality management (TQM), just-in-time (JIT), etc. within a system designed for flexibility and maximum customer satisfaction. The lean manufacturing approach is the most comprehensive of the popular production management improvement initiatives because it addresses product, process, and human related issues in the production system. Studies have shown that, while many companies claim that they are "lean" or managing production according to TQM, JIT, etc., few are actually doing so. Further, while many understand the underlying concepts of these different management philosophies, few understand the details and/or the order of operations necessary for successful implementation of these concepts.

The Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management offers the 2nd Wood Industry Management Series Workshop in Lean Manufacturing. This workshop will help managers in wood products businesses identify target opportunity areas in their company for lean manufacturing, provide a step-by-step guide for the implementation of "lean systems" and, show how these steps will lead to significantly reduced manufacturing costs and increased competitiveness.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for upper and mid-level production managers who want to learn how to successfully implement Lean Manufacturing concepts in their business. Participants should possess knowledge of value flow through their operations from supplier to customer and have identified a particular product and/or group of similar products (products which travel through similar value streams) to be value stream mapped.