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    Lean in Laboratories - Spring 2021 - Columbus, OH

    Spring 2021 Check back for dates... – A 5-day Lean Certificate Program

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    Learn how the Lean fundamentals and a Lean mindset apply to reduce lead time, eliminate quality issues and expedite the batch release process. The result: a 50 to 90% performance improvement plus an energized Visual Laboratory workplace.

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    Your safety is our priority! We are following evolving best practices and CDC guidelines for physical gatherings including: meeting in larger rooms, limiting attendance to each event, setting physical distance in all meeting rooms, providing contactless food service, cleaning meeting facilities throughout the day, and following all facility protocols. We will update as necessary to ensure the safety of all. These will be outlined in your registration confirmation packet.

    Pharmaceuticals, Human and Animal Healthcare, Bio-tech environments, Cosmetics, Chemicals, Food industries, R&D…

    The Lean laboratory certificate program is a 5-day fully accredited program designed to start you on the path to continuous improvement in your lab! Learn how to manage flows, eliminate backlogs, rework, and other inefficiencies while improving service to production, supply chain and customers and increasing employee satisfaction.


    Why is Lean important in lab environments?
    Because a laboratory is involved at each step of the Value Stream — incoming materials and goods, work-in process, and semi finished and finished products — delays and errors have a negative impact on the entire organization. Therefore speed, reliability and quality, i.e. lab efficiency, have a direct impact on overall organizational efficiency, as well as costs and the ability to meet customer demand.

    Furthermore, specialized skills needed in the laboratory make it specially devastating for the organization when individual technicians leave due to an inefficient stressful process and environment.


    Applying Lean in a lab environment helps alleviate inefficiencies by:
    − Improving end-to-end processes (Value Streams)
    − Underscoring demand and its variability
    − Scheduling analysis flows based on demand
    − Defining resources required
    − Creating and sharing standards to reduce rework

    − Creating a working environment based on trust, empowerment, and teamwork
    − Upskilling through cross-training
    − Developing problem-solving skills

    The Lean Lab concepts apply to all laboratories including Production Labs, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and R&D.


    Discover how Lean can help:

    • Continuously improve customer satisfaction by improving quality at the source and reducing lead-time for your customers
    • Systemically and repeatedly identify process inefficiencies so they can be reviewed and eliminated
    • Eliminate back-logs and failure demand – the work created when an activity is not carried out correctly the first time
    • Level the analysis flows to respond to incoming demand
    • Reduce absenteeism and turnover by creating more value-added work
    • Make processes visible so everyone can monitor daily progress to achieve improvement goals
    • Increase process capacity so more value-adding work can be performed with existing resources


    You will understand how these principles apply to your laboratory processes and how you can develop your “leadership legacy” through the implementation of these Lean approaches.

    Upon completion of this 5-day program, you will be awarded the Lean Laboratory Improvement Certificate and earn 4 Continuing Education Units from The Ohio State University.


    Monday 8am-5pm

    • Lean Fundamentals in Labs Environments
    • A3 Thinking
    • High Level Process Mapping
    • Learning to See Waste in Labs

    Tuesday 8am – 5pm

    • Mapping and Improving the Value Streams
    • Understanding Incoming Laboratory Demand
    • Defining Product Families in Laboratories

    Wednesday 8am – 5pm

    • Planning and Scheduling to Optimize Man and Equipment Time
    • Building Visual Management for Analysis Flows and Lab Activities
    • Workplace & System Organization: 5S’s, Visual Standards and Standardized Work for Process Stability

    Thursday 8am – 5pm

    • Reducing Set-up Times
    • Establishing metrics: Leading and Lagging KPI’s
    • Daily Performance Management
    • Team-Based Problem-Solving

    Friday 8am – 12pm

    • Week in Review
    • Taking it Back Home: Outlining Your Implementation Roadmap


    “We have been able to reach all our targets in 2019, and this is mostly due to the Lean Lab program which has made us capable of guaranteeing 24hr response time to our customers.”
    Laurent G., Managing Director Finance – Synlab Analytics & Services

    “…your support…has allowed us to build solid fundamentals in Visual Management and Lean Labs, ….instrumental to our plant being awarded the Shingo prize…”
    Amayas B., Global Manufacturing Performance Senior Director – Ipsen Pharma Biotech Techops Division

    “It (Lean Labs) is so great. Everything has changed.”
    Sophie S., Quality Director – Aoste

    “Through Lean Labs, I have become another person, and a real manager.”
    Francoise A., Laboratory Manager – Aoste



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    Since 1916, The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business has produced exceptional leaders who meet the challenges of a changing global business environment through creative and effective solutions. As a result, Fisher’s reputation continues to rise and is reflected in rankings which place the college among the top 15 Business Schools in the nation at the undergraduate and graduate levels of public universities.

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    A block of rooms is being held for Productivity Inc. Lean Lab attendees at The Blackwell Hotel on The Ohio State University campus. Address: 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

    Productivity Inc. attendees receive a reduced rate of $145.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Rate includes hot buffet breakfast. Please call 614.247.4000 or toll-free 866.247.4003 for reservations, and identify yourself as a Productivity Inc. Lean Lab program attendee. The special rate will be available until four weeks prior to the event; after this date the hotel cannot guarantee availability.

    For more information on The Blackwell Hotel, please visit The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the Columbus International Airport.


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    Lean in Laboratories – Certificate Program – Columbus, OH
    2021 Session – Check back for dates… – A 5-day fully-accredited program

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    Cancellation Policy

    Prior to the start of the session, registrations may be transferred to a colleague without charge. To be considered for a refund, we must receive notification of cancellation in writing no later than 30 business days prior to the event. Cancellations received within 30 business days of the start of a program are subject to the full registration fee; this money will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future workshop or conference. Cancellations received within 10 business days of the start of a program will be assessed a fee equal to 20% of the registration fee; the remainder of the fee will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future workshop or conference. If no notification of cancellation is provided, registration fees will be forfeited. There is a $200 processing fee for all cancellations. No refunds or credits will be issued once a session is underway. On rare occasions, circumstances may make it necessary to cancel or postpone an event. We encourage attendees to book refundable/reusable airline tickets. We will not be responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants.

    All registrant applications will be evaluated for acceptance into the program. Consultants and university faculty may not be eligible to attend.

    On rare occasions, circumstances may make it necessary to cancel or postpone an event. As such, we encourage attendees to book refundable/reusable air tickets. We will not be responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. Any individual attending this program hereby acknowledges and agrees that any photographs or videos taken during the event may be used in marketing efforts (web/print) including, but not limited to news and promotion without compensation to the participant.