Free Recorded Webinar: Implementing Lean Manufacturing

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If you’re interested in implementing lean manufacturing for continuous improvement at your workplace, you might want to check out our recently completed (and now (1) free and (2) recorded) on-demand Implementing Lean Manufacturing webinar immediately below.

View our Implementing Lean Manufacturing Webinar at our Webinars webpage.

We hope you enjoy the webinar and invite you to check out our libraries of online 5S & Lean training courses as well as our larger Continuous Improvement online training course library.

We’ve also included a series of links below the webinar video where you can read additional articles about lean, download free infographics and guides about lean and continuous improvement, and more.

And if you scroll to the very bottom of this page, there’s a download button where you can download one of the free Lean Manufacturing Infographics — 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing. 

Read on for lots of Lean-related articles and downloads.

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What Are Current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP)?

Good manufacturing practices are practices that manufacturers that produce food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices must follow. Good manufacturing practices, or GMP, are sometimes also known as current good manufacturing practices, or cGMP. The point of putting the “c” to represent current is to remind manufacturers that they must stay up to date in their efforts, using the latest systems and technologies to ensure good manufacturing practices.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the GMP/cGMP, including the regulatory agencies that enforce them in the United States, and we’ll link you to some additional resources where you can learn more.

If you’d like help with cGMP training or Quality training at your manufacturing facility, contact us.

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NFPA Updates National Electrical Code (NEC)/NFPA 70 (2020 Update)

This year (2020) the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) updated the National Electrical Code, also known as NEC and NFPA 70. The NFPA reviews and updates the NEC on a regular basis (the last update was in 2017) in order to keep up with changing technology and safety issues. This new update includes a number of changes, including the most recent requirements for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, equipment installation, and more.

We’ve released a series of new and/or updated online courses to align with the 2020 NEC changes and will be releasing a second round of online training courses for NEC shortly after that.

In this article, we’ll give you a brief overview of some of the changes to the National Electrical Code. Be sure to contact us if you need help with training on this important topic.

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6 Thing to Know about the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

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The Project Management Institute, or PMI, publishes a book called A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which is often known as the PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, or simply The Guide.

In this article, we’ll share some key tips you should know about the PMBOK if you’re a project manager or thinking of becoming a project manager, if you’re thinking of buying the PMBOK, and/or if you’re thinking of sitting for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or other certifications.

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Lean Manufacturing and Visual Management

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One of the hallmarks of lean manufacturing is visual management. In our continuing series of articles on lean manufacturing, which supplement our online training courses on continuous improvement and lean manufacturing, we’ll introduce you to the basic concepts of visual management in this article.

We hope you find this article helpful in terms of understanding visual management better but also in terms of implementing your own lean and continuous improvement efforts at your workplace. Let us know if you need some help with training solutions at your work and until then, read on below and have a great day.

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Convincing Reasons to Reduce Your Reactive Maintenance

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Reactive maintenance is a major drain on efficiency, running time, and costs. You probably know this, but what are you doing to avoid it?

And, how much reactive maintenance are you actually performing as opposed to companies that are in the top-quartile for performing the least reactive maintenance?

By moving to more preventive, predictive, and conditions-based maintenance, you can

For example, in 2010 the US Department of Energy claimed that returns of conditions-based maintenance included 10x return on investment; 25-35% reduction in maintenance costs; 70-75% reduction in breakdowns; 35-45% reduction in downtime; and a 20-25% increase in production. Sounds pretty good, no? Or how about this Jones Lang LaSalle report showing that not only does an investment in preventive maintenance pay for itself, but that in fact it results in an average 545% return on investment (wow!).

How much reactive maintenance should you be performing? Our friends at the University of Tennessee’s Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) suggest 10%, plus or mine 5% either way. That amount of reactive maintenance would put your organization in what they refer to as the “top quartile” when it comes to reactive maintenance activity. Likewise, they recommend your organization’s preventive maintenance rate be about 70% if you want to hit that same top quartile.

In this article, we’ll give you a convincing list of just SOME of the reasons why your organization should reduce the amount of reactive maintenance you perform (and yes, we think our maintenance training solutions may help you reach this goal of reduced reactive maintenance).

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Helping Workers Develop Problem-Solving Skills

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Work is easier when everything goes perfectly and there are no problems.

But as you probably know, “perfect” is a rare state. Problems pop up from time to time and workers need to solve them.

As a result, it’s important that workers be effective problem solvers. Having a workforce with well-developed problem-solving skills is a significant competitive advantage for a company.

All workers benefit from strong problem-solving skills. For example, we have a customer who led a training system upgrade for a major, multi-site manufacturing company in the United States (they make common household products and the odds are very good you’ve used their products). He would often tell me that he wanted to “help his machine operators become machine engineers.”  (Hello to you, Steve, if you happen to be reading this.)

What our customer Steve meant by that was, at least in part, that he wanted workers to have problem-solving skills so they could address problems on their own at work to decrease downtime, increase efficiency, and maximize production.

But those problem-solving skills don’t come “built-in” to every person. And even those with a natural knack for it can always get better, or learn to apply those skills more effectively in a given work circumstance. And as a result, it’s a good idea to provide resources to help workers develop and use problem-solving skills at work. That’s what this article will focus on.

In addition to this article, also feel free to check out our article on Continuous Improvement at Work, as problem-solving is also a big part of continuous improvement and that article provides a long list of tips to help with problem-solving and continuous improvement.
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Free Recorded Webinar: Online Facilities Maintenance Training Program Case Study with Customer CBRE

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We recently co-presented a webinar with our facilities maintenance customer CBRE about a partnership in which we worked together to create online facilities maintenance training courses and help them put together a robust maintenance tech training program.

Here’s the recording of that webinar. Feel free to check it out and ask us any questions you may have.

Also, before you leave this page, scroll down to the bottom and download our free Guide to Online Facilities Maintenance Training.

Thanks to our partners at CBRE–we’re looking forward to entering phase 2 of this project with you soon.

Watch our recorded Facilities Maintenance Online Training Program Case Study webinar online at our Webinars page. 

Here’s the free guide, too–don’t forget to download it today.

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Free Guide to Facilities Maintenance Online Training

Download this free guide to learn everything you need to know about putting together a best-in-class facilities maintenance training program, including online training.

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The Voice of the Customer in Lean Manufacturing

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A critical element of lean manufacturing is listening to, understanding, acting on, and aligning your actions with the voice of the customer.

This makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. Remind yourself what lean manufacturing is all about–it’s about removing waste so you can create the most value as measured by what the customer is willing to pay for, right?

But you can’t create the most value for your customer if you’re not aware of the true voice of the customer, right?

Read on to learn more.

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Preventive Maintenance to Improve Safety, Quality & Efficiency

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Maintenance programs in general, and preventive maintenance programs in particular, have obvious benefits in terms of keeping equipment running properly and preventing downtime. This brings an equally obvious benefit to operational efficiency and it decreases costs and waste as well.

But these aren’t the only benefits that come with a well-designed preventive maintenance program. If you’re practicing preventive maintenance at your facility instead of simply relying on reactive maintenance, you’ll see safety and quality improvements as well.

We’ll explain the benefits to efficiency, safety, and quality you’ll gain from practicing preventive maintenance further in this brief article.

Let us know if you need any help with the maintenance training at your facility as you try to improve your maintenance program and perhaps begin practice preventive maintenance yourself.

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Free Guide to Facilities Maintenance Online Training

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If you’re involved in facilities maintenance, you know that training your maintenance staff isn’t that easy. And that’s before you even begin to think of the principles of sound instructional design and the technologies involved if you want to add an online training component.

In this guide, we tell you everything you need to know to get your facilities maintenance training program creating effective, measurable learning outcomes, helping to onboard new hires, speed up the transition of employees to competence and expert level, fill skill gaps, and more.

The guide below covers:

  • What is online training?
  • Beginning your selection process
  • Selection criteria
  • Benefits of training programs
  • Benefits of online training
  • A case study based on one of our real customers
  • How to design and develop training
  • Online training as part of your overall training program
  • Blended learning

Enjoy the guide and let us know if we can help you with your facilities maintenance training program, and check out the quick highlight video of our 3D-animated online facilities maintenance training courses below.

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