Lean Principles and Continuous Improvement

This course examines the fundamental concepts of Lean Manufacturing and the tools and techniques used to analyze and measure work systems. These techniques have the basic purpose of supporting the drive for perfect one-piece flow that result in improvements in organizational productivity and the reduction of waste. This course covers topics such as, Kaizen, Pull systems, single piece flow, Poka Yoke, SMED (single minute exchange of dies), 5S, Visual Control, Total Productive Maintenance, Right-sized Equipment and Standardized Work. As well, the basics of time study, work sampling, and Learning curve are investigated. Video resources through McGraw Hill Connect portal are used extensively throughout the course to illustrate concepts in manufacturing and service environments. Laptop computers are utilized as required to help minimize the computation errors and more closely replicate the business environment.