The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Kishwaukee College Center for Business Development and Continuing Education celebrated the successful completion of the latest Lean Continuous Improvement Series for manufacturers last week. This marks the fifth series for the two organizations since beginning the joint manufacturing outreach program in 2010.
The primary focus of the series is the continuous elimination of waste in the company’s manufacturing processes to maximize efficiency, improve quality and safety, and eliminate unnecessary motion and inventory. Over the duration of six weeks, participants attend the Lean toolkit courses one day a week and discuss topics including the Lean 101/Introduction, Lean Leadership and Change Management, Value Stream Mapping and 5S/Workplace Organization, Quick Changeover, Cellular/Flow Manufacturing, Pull/Kanban Systems and Total Productive Maintenance. Since the Lean series began, more than 65 local manufacturing participants have completed the courses with an enhanced knowledge of the Lean manufacturing toolkit.