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September is Back to School Month…

The Lean Manager and Total Productive Maintenance Manager Certification programs brought together 22 participants from 9 companies representing 5 industries including food, metals/mining, construction, medical and building products.

Pfahl Hall classroom 330 on The Ohio State University campus will be the learning laboratory for both groups over their 4-weeks of on-campus classes; though the learning will be continuous over the next four months as participants apply the lessons learned to projects at their facilities. This terms’ project bold goals include;

  • Increases in on-time-delivery
  • Improvements in line and value-stream capacities
  • Improvements in yield
  • Decreases in value-stream throughput time
  • Improvements in OEE

Each program brings together individuals that share a common interest to learn and find solutions while providing the opportunity to explore and experiment with new problem-solving and improvement methodologies. This social element turns strangers into friends and creates a powerful and lasting support group that extends beyond the training program. We can already see the transition starting to take shape just between day 1 and day 5!

The 2018 fall programs are off to a good start. This week participants are back at their facilities with the charge to charter their projects, select their implementation teams, create current-state value stream maps, analyze the map data and draft initial future-state maps.

Then it’s back to class next month for project reviews and the next stage of learning. We’ll check in with them after the next session and update you on their progress.

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