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Lean Manufacturing Simulation

May 7th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Attendees participate in an interactive business simulation game that demonstrates, in a practical manner, the application of lean principles.  They will be split into competing companies and will work on a simulated manufacturing floor, building product during four business cycles. Between each business cycle the competing company teams will have the opportunity to utilize the tools they learned in the workshop.

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Design of Experiments (DOE)

May 15th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

DOE statistical tools can be applied to improve quality, processes, designs and many Lean and 6 Sigma problems. It is a powerful statistical method to develop mathematical transfer functions (eg. V=IR, but too complex for first principles) or relationships of a result based on complex dependencies. Engineers will often use the logical, but expensive method of changing one factor at a time (OFAT) while holding the rest constant. The better alternative often is DOE which reduces the number of experiments while returning greater knowledge at minimum cost! Bring a laptop with Minitab loaded. A free 30-day trial version is available at www.minitab.com. Do not access through a VPN.

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Project Management for Manufacturers

May 16th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Manufacturers Alliance Training Center

This workshop is about successful project implementation. Participants will study critical steps that highly impact effective projects. Learn to develop plans, actions, budgets, and metrics to define success; establish realistic goals and schedules; effectively communicate project responsibility and deadlines; and respond to workload and people problems in a timely and productive manner. This is a Practical Application Workshop. Bring an active project to customize for your business.

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

May 21st 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Customers, employees and suppliers can tell a well-run plant and office without a narrated tour. The visual clues are everywhere. This is a straight-forward approach that impacts your customer and employee image, productivity and sales. This workshop also includes Office Visual Management & 5S. This workshop is almost full. We have scheduled another Visual Management & 5S Improvements workshop on May 30 at Uponor in Hutchinson and a Visual Management & 5S Improvements workshop in our Golden Valley Training Center on June 19. Registration is open for these workshops.

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

May 30th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Uponor Hutchinson

Customers, employees and suppliers can tell a well-run plant and office without a narrated tour. The visual clues are everywhere. This is a straight-forward approach that impacts your customer and employee image, productivity and sales. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Uponor, 50 West Highland Park Drive NE, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Bring a state-issued photo id. Wear closed-toe footwear and bring safety glasses for the tour.

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Value Stream Mapping

June 4th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Value Stream Mapping is one of the most important tools for lean manufacturing. It lays out a visual picture of the vision you and your employees have created for your more productive future. It identifies individual process steps where waste can be removed. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the information and experience that is necessary to start implementing value stream mapping on the shop floor and in the office. Participants will be working in a simulated manufacturing plant and learn to apply lean manufacturing techniques to remap the future state of their processes.

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May 21st, 2019
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Root Cause Analysis

June 5th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Does the desire to act overpower the need to understand? Understanding the problem, the process, the people and the distinctions between the types of causes are all stepping stones to effective root cause analysis to permanently eliminate problems from recurring. When structured methods and tools are used, this can be accomplished.

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May 22nd, 2019
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Building Your Maintenance System & Culture

June 18th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Maintenance is a valuable and key part of your continuous improvement journey; do you have a culture and tools to support that journey? In this workshop, you will learn how to build and maintain a robust preventative maintenance system from the ground up. Learn how to ensure the success of your PM program using the fundamentals of Lean, 5S, Autonomous Maintenance and culture change.

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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

June 19th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Customers, employees and suppliers can tell a well-run plant and office without a narrated tour. The visual clues are everywhere. This is a straight-forward approach that impacts your customer and employee image, productivity and sales. This workshop also includes Office Visual Management & 5S. 

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Learning to See Waste

June 25th 2019 08:00 am to 12:00 pm at Apothecary Products

For many, the first step in creating a culture of continuous improvement and developing an army of problem solvers is to help all employees identify opportunities for improvement. Participants will practice identifying waste in a manufacturing setting, learn practical brainstorming techniques, and learn how to prioritize opportunities for improvement. 

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Kaizen Rapid Improvement

June 25th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

This workshop will provide the education and experience that is necessary for you to deploy rapid improvement teams at work. You will learn to measure what is important, gather the necessary resources, decide who does what, and set and accomplish a one week schedule for project completion. Most importantly, you will see how to accomplish more in less time than most teams take to agree on what they should be doing.

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June 11th, 2019
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Continuous Improvement Idea Systems

July 9th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Aqseptence Group

Successful companies understand the competitive edge that can be gained by engaging their workforce in implementing daily improvements.  However, just asking for suggestions without having a way to deal with them can result in overwhelming a company’s resources and frustrating everyone.  Discover effective tools and methodology for developing a continuous improvement idea system that builds teamwork, energizes employees, and builds a sustainable competitive advantage for your business. This workshop will be held at Aqseptence Group (formerly Johnson Screens), 1950 Old Hwy 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112, 651-636-3900. Wear closed-toe for the footwear.

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Leaders Standard Work

July 18th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

The new production system that companies create during their Lean journey requires a new way of managing the operation: a Lean management system. Standard work for leaders is the engine that drives the Lean management system and is crucial to any successful Lean implementation. Learn how to implement the daily practices of managers that are necessary to provide a cultural support system for your Lean journey.

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July 4th, 2019
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Mistake Proofing.

July 25th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Arctic Cat

People don’t want to make mistakes, but all workers make them. Learn how simple Poke-Yoke fool proofing may remove the possibilities for error.  Production devices or design for assembly criteria can eliminate mistakes before they happen. Achieve the reliable, continuous flow of Lean manufacturing. Participants are asked to come prepared to discuss an issue from their workplace caused by human error – one that has NOT been solved. Bring information that will help others unfamiliar with your operation to understand it better.  nformation could include descriptions of the work, product (actual samples are best if possible), video, and anything else that will help to describe the issue. Seating is limited. This workshop will be held at Arctic Cat, 6801 Glenn Carlson Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Participants are to wear safety footwear and bring safety glasses for the tour.

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Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving

August 1st 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

This introductory course will provide the knowledge and problem solving skills to arrive at the true root cause of your problems and prevent problems from reoccurring. You will learn the value of “Genchi Genbutsu” - Get your boots on, Go and See. You will also learn how to apply the 8-Step Problem Solving Methodologies and capture the findings in concise A3 Reporting. The 8 step approach is a practical method that can be rolled out to every person in the organization.  You no longer have to limit your problem solving skills to a single group of technically minded individuals. This method of problem solving can be used both in a manufacturing or service environment.

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Lean Product Development

September 27th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Lean Product Development is focused on improving the speed-to-market for new products and the performance of the project team.  It uses practical approaches to improve project results by utilizing a holistic approach to improving how product development is managed. 

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Mapping for Business Process

October 8th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Office processes provide the greatest opportunity for improvement since the majority of them are waste by definition! Office Process Mapping demonstrates how lean thinking can reduce office process timelines, and improve quality and delivery to schedule. Because we can not “see” office processes like on the manufacturing floor, mapping is a key improvement tool for the office side. In this session, participants will map out real business processes, participate in hands on exercises, and learn about pre and post mapping tools to add to your personal toolbox. Did you know 70% of process improvements are not sustained? We tend to focus on the process side and forget about the people side of change. Participants will learn a simple 3 steps process for change management and leave with an entire cache of tools to assist you through successful process improvement deployment and sustainment.

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Mistake Proofing.

October 29th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

People don’t want to make mistakes, but all workers make them. Learn how simple Poke-Yoke fool proofing may remove the possibilities for error.  Production devices or design for assembly criteria can eliminate mistakes before they happen. Achieve the reliable, continuous flow of Lean manufacturing.

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Measuring the Right Things.

November 12th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

“You get what you measure” is a truism among managers. Therefore, it is of critical importance that you “measure the right things” to get the performance you desire. In this case, the intended outcome is performance improvement. So, don’t get caught in the trap of using historical accounting measures to measure and motivate current and future performance improvements! Attendees should bring examples from your company of two successful and two not-so-successful measures for discussion that you would comfortable sharing with the group.

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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

November 19th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

In this intensive two-day course, you will gain an understanding of the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement and how to use that information to evaluate alternatives for more effective decision making. This course will strengthen your business acumen and help you master the financial language of business. It will show what the numbers really mean to enable you to recognize opportunities to improve profitability and cash flow. When you return to your company, you will know the advantages and disadvantages of different types of financial data to help you accomplish your department and company goals. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the class.

 

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Intro to A3 Problem Solving

November 26th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

As a Lean tool, A3 reporting addresses the root causes of problems that arise every day at work.  When used properly, the A3 process dramatically increases the probability of success. Leading companies, such as Toyota, to use the A3 report to train engineers, supervisors and managers in a proven and structured problem-solving approach.

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Setup Reduction

December 10th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

Excellent workshop for machine operators! Send teams to learn how to reduce setup times and eliminate waste on virtually any operation or machine. Participants will learn the tools necessary to conduct a setup reduction event.  These tools will then be applied to a simulated process, where they will identify wastes, make improvements and track their progress.  Various options to “sustain the gains” achieved during the process will also be covered. To apply the tools to your own process, prior to the workshop you are asked to submit a 10-15 minute video recording of a machine setup that you would like to improve that will be discussed during class. A .mov format works best. Contact ma@mfrall for further details.

 

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