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Setup Reduction

December 11th 2018 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 you are asked to send the instructor a video prior to the workshop.

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Building Your Maintenance System & Culture

December 18th 2018 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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Lean Manufacturing Simulation

January 8th 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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December 25th, 2018
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Intro to Training Within Industry (TWI)

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

Training Within Industry (TWI) is a successful 4-part system for documenting, training, and improving work in all departments. In this introductory workshop, all attendees participate in interactive team exercises that demonstrate, in a practical manner, the application of all four elements of training within industry: Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, and Job Safety.

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December 27th, 2018
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Lean Product Development

January 18th 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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January 4th, 2019
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Visual Management & 5S Improvements

January 22nd 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. 

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January 8th, 2019
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Project Management for Manufacturers

January 30th 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 pm at Golden Valley Training Center

This course is about successful project implementation. 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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January 16th, 2019
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Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving

February 12th 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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January 29th, 2019
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Mapping for Business Process

February 13th 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! Business 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 workshop, participants will map out real business processes, participate in hands on exercises, and learn about pre and post mapping tools to add to a personal toolbox. Learn a simple 3-step process for change management and leave with an entire cache of tools to assist through successful process improvement deployment and sustainment.

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January 30th, 2019
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Accountability Systems through Tier Management

February 19th 2019 07:30 am to 3:30 pm at Honeywell Aerospace

This workshop presents a concise, behavior-based model with specific management tools. The Lean management system is built on a tier structure with practices, tools and behaviors that address organizational issues in order to strengthen integration of the “hardware” and “software” of Lean for sustained success. This workshop will be held at Honeywell Aerospace, 2600 Ridgway Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Seating is limited. Register by February 12. Must bring a valid state-issued photo ID to the workshop. Participants are to notify us five business days in advance if they are not a U.S. citizen. Closed-toe footwear required for the tour.

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Value Stream Mapping

February 20th 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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February 6th, 2019
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Mistake Proofing.

February 26th 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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February 12th, 2019
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Kaizen Rapid Improvement

March 7th 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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February 21st, 2019
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Leaders Standard Work

March 21st 2019 08:00 am to 4:00 am 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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Measuring the Right Things.

March 26th 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! Participants 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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Intro to A3 Problem Solving

April 2nd 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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Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

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

In this intensive two-day workshop held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and Friday, April 5, 2019, 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 two-day workshop 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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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. Bring a laptop with Minitab loaded. A free 30-day trial version is available at www.minitab.com. Do not access through a VPN.

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!

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Advanced Kanban Systems

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

Pull systems and Kanbans are tools and concepts that can be used across the whole value stream. Over the years, Kanban systems have been developed and adapted to support very specific needs. They can be found to manage a finished goods supermarket, to schedule batch process equipment, to manage and reorder purchased parts, to deliver material to an assembly line or to level production across an entire mixed model value stream. All these types of pull systems help to simplify decision making, improve cash flow and provide superior delivery performance. This workshop demystifies many versions of Kanban systems. Participants learn many practical details that make a difference in the effectiveness of the supply chain.

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May 15th, 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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