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  • May 12, 2015
    7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.)
    Clark College: Columbia Tech Center Rm 338
    Vancouver, WA

    Whether you are a start-up company or a mature business trying to accelerate growth, this interactive workshop will offer insights and pathways to improve your present practices for growth.

    Technology Scouting Have you been trying to solve a problem and know the technology solution must be out there somewhere, but your company does not have the skills or resources to find that solution? This session will introduce Technology Scouting, a systematic and comprehensive approach to searching outside your company’s normal channels to find viable solutions to your specific technology needs. Featuring real world small manufacturer examples.

    Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) Is your company considering launching a new product or entering a new market? Do you wish you had better real-world validated insight into the specific barriers and opportunities – both technical and market – that exist to help your company make better strategic decisions? An introduction to TDMI, a focused approach to market intelligence which directly considers the benefits and market impacts related to your company’s specific technology-based asset (e.g., idea, product, process). Includes real-world small manufacturer examples.

    Game Changers: New Technologies Now is the best time in history to launch a new product whether you are a startup or an established business. The perfect storm of Social Media Marketing, Rapid Manufacturing and Crowd Funding has lowered the cost and barriers to bringing a product to a worldwide audience. A real world small manufacturing example with details of how a company launched a product line in a very short timeframe using social media and rapid manufacturing processes is featured.

    Making Innovation a Corporate Habit: How to Embed Innovation into Your Company Even small companies, with little time and little R&D capacity, can be very innovative and still get the daily work done. This session gives powerful hints on how you can make innovation an integral part of your growth strategy and daily performance. Take away handouts to help jumpstart your efforts.

    In a half-day, we will help you learn to:
    • Rapidly acquire new technology to solve product or process problems
    • Develop market intelligence about the relevance of your new technology, and understand key market barriers and opportunities
    • Innovate and get new products to market faster, increase new product development capacity and get better market results

    Cost: $50 per person
    Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and participant materials


    For more info call: Kristin Kautz, 360-241-5135, and see event flyer.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), in conjunction with Impact Washington, RTI International and Clark College are presenting this workshop to aid companies seeking dynamic growth.

  • May-June 2015
    Spokane Valley, WA and Post Falls, ID

    Center Place Mirabeau Point
    2426 N. Discovery Place
    Spokane Valley, WA 99216
    May 4th Day 1
    May 18th Day 3
    June 8th Day 5

    University of Idaho Research Park
    721 Lochsa St,
    Post Falls, ID 83854
    May 11th Day 2
    June 1st Day 4
    June 15th Day 6
    June 22nd Day 7

    Cost: $1,995 per person
    Contact: Mike Schneider (509) 981-6348 or

    Registration limited.

    Your Opportunity to Develop Internal Lean Champions

    Companies that realize sustained success with Lean implementation know that developing their employees’ capabilities to lead continuous improvement efforts is key to their success. The Lean Enterprise Certificate Program arms participants with demonstrated understanding of the Lean body of knowledge and provides them hands-on practice applying Lean tools and strategies.

    Benefits to an Organization

    • Development of internal Lean champions
    • Enables employee involvement in sustained continuous improvement
    • Helps an organization build a Lean transformation

    The Program

    • With a curriculum comprised of both classroom and project application, the program provides seven days of Lean training to individuals who can then play roles as Lean Champions in their organizations. Participants earn a certificate of completion.
    • A three-hour exam from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers based on the instructional material and the required texts is administered at the end of the program, through which participants demonstrate understanding of the Lean Body of Knowledge. This certified test completion, along with additional project hours, can be applied towards a Bronze Level Certification and career progression for silver and gold certification (listed at
    • The training will be combined with tours of local companies employing best practices in order to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice.

    Each Lean Enterprise Certificate Program (LECP) participant will:

    • Have demonstrated knowledge of the Lean Body of Knowledge
    • Apply their learning to their organization with a practicum project
    • Go back to their organization equipped to help champion continuous improvement

    Certificate Program Curriculum
    Day 1: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing. This will consist of an introductory seminar that will combine the theory of Lean Manufacturing with a live simulation that incorporates the theory learned in the presentation.

    Day 2: Introduction to the Theory of Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Standardization, 5-S and Cellular Flow. Students learn the common language of Lean as they draw a current state map for a company, analyze that current state, find the non-value added activities and draw a future state map that eliminates those unnecessary activities. This section looks at the visual factory, with organization and orderliness stressed.  Cellular flow is the linking of manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.

    Day 3: Set-Up Reduction/Quick Changeover, Pull/Kanban and Total Production Maintenance. Set-Up reduction teaches a systematic, low cost, shop-proven method that has reduced set up and turnaround time in all types of manufacturing environments. In addition, this class will cover the effectiveness of Pull Kanban systems to drive velocity to reduce the costs of over production. Pull Systems and Kanbans control the flow of resources in a production process by replacing only what has been consumed. Total Productive Maintenance will also be presented to the student. TPM is a strategy to maximize the productivity of equipment over its entire life while reducing downtime, improving quality and increasing capacity while minimizing capital expenditures.

    Day 4 and 5: Problem Solving, Process Design, Quality, Productivity & Delivery Measures Product Development and Leadership & High Performing Teams. The Daily Improvement Kata. Models of problem solving approaches including the Deming cycle and Six Sigma’s DMAIC are reviewed. Gap Analysis, Brainstorming, 5 Why’s, and root cause analysis are covered. In addition, Flow Charting, Pareto Charts, Histograms and Cause Effect Diagrams are presented. This training also includes the value of Vision, Mission and Values to an organization. Policy deployment and the roles and responsibilities of employees and leaders are discussed. Leading change in a continuous improvement culture is presented. Designing and improving process strategies iscovered in this section. Variety Reduction, Engineering Changes and Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly are key components of Product Design and Development that are presented.

    Day 6: Practicum. In addition to the presentation of the Theory of Lean, students will be assigned to work with a team on a practical application of a key component of a Lean Transformation. Students will present their projects.

    Day 7: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Lean Bronze Exam. Company Tours and Exam Preparation are interspersed among the days of instruction outlined above. In order to demonstrate and visualize Lean techniques in practice, the class will tour local companies that have already embarked on their Lean journey and are working to employ best practices.

    In addition to the classroom learning, participants will receive and must read the following texts: Lean Thinking by James Womack and Daniel Jones, Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai, Lean Production Simplify by Pascal Dennis, and Learning To See By Mike Rother and John Shook. An additional text, Toyota Kata by Mike Rother, is also included. In addition, instructional manuals that reflect the classroom presentations will be provided.

    LECP-certification students are those who have successfully met the LECP requirements of reading the four assigned books, completing five days of theory and simulation training, performing a minimum of 24 hours of work on an internal Lean project, and successfully completing SME’s Bronze test. Successful completion of the test is the first step in continuing on to meet the requirements of SME’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Certification requirements.