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IMPROVE PROCESS EFFICIENCIES: Lean Manufacturing Overview with Simulation – Quincy

May 25, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Meeting today’s manufacturing challenges demands a lean enterprise — streamlining product design and manufacturing by applying  lean manufacturing principles, concepts and techniques. The primary focus of this effort is the continuous elimination of waste in the company’s business processes. Implementing Lean practices involves changing a work area or a business process to maximize efficiency, improve quality and safety, eliminate unnecessary motion and inventory, and save time and resources.


This interactive workshop combines comprehensive classroom instruction with simulation of a production facility. The basic concepts of Lean manufacturing and the tools and methodology necessary to implement “lean” on the shop floor are demonstrated. Participants assume the role of production workers, applying lean tools to their individual workspaces and the entire product line. This learn-do technique, over three “shifts”, illustrates cause and effect relationships for each of the lean tools presented.

Participants review methodology and lessons learned from previous shifts, deciding what and how to implement while working with realistic constraints such as available resources, cash flow, and resistance to change.


Following the Lean Manufacturing Overview and Simulation, participants will have learned several new techniques to aid you in the Lean transformation on-site. You’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate between a “push” and a “pull” system
  • Identify the eight (8) wastes that must be eliminated to make the manufacturing processes Lean
  • Explain how those wastes reduce company profits
  • Understand the functions of a Kanban system
  • Make more effective use of the employee’s time following waste elimination


  • 8:00 AM -Traditional Manufacturing & 8 Wastes
  • 9:00AM – Round 1 – Traditional Manufacturing Simulation Workplace Organization (5S)
  • 10:00AM – 5S System, Visual Controls, Standardized Work, Plant Layout, Point of Use Storage, Batch Size Reduction, Quick Changeover
  • 11:30AM – Round 2 – Applying Basic Lean Tools
  • 12:00PM – Break – Lunch
  • 12:30PM – Teams, Quality at the Source, Cellular Manufacturing, Pull Systems, Total Productive Maintenance
  • 2:00PM – Round 3 – Applying Intermediate Lean Tools
  • 3:00PM – Wrap-up


Ed Huey | Technical Specialist, IMEC

Ed has more than 11 years of experience in manufacturing and management in a variety of industries. He was formerly Plant Manager of a metal roll forming company and worked within the auto parts and accessories industry to plan, organize, and lead teams in a Lean environment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and is a certified Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instructions and Job Relations Trainer and Coach.


Jeremy Smith | Technical Specialist, IMEC

Jeremy has more than 10 years of manufacturing experience in complex automotive electronics, he has gained a variety of skills and knowledge that he uses to enable success. Jeremy’s experience working with and on teams across business divisions in multiple countries has broadened his perspective on how to achieve goals and coach teams toward success. His goal is to apply the right tools in the right way at the right time to enable that success.

Special thanks to our training host:


Cancellations made within seven (7) days of the program start date, or failure to inform IMEC of cancellation may result in up to 50% of the invoiced attendance fee.

Cost: $350

Sponsor: IMEC and John Wood Community College

Contact Name: Camryn Tunney

Contact Phone: 309-883-7508

Contact Email ctunney@imec.org