Lean Training

Reduce lead times and improve efficiency, productivity, and quality with a lean culture

What is Lean?

Lean manufacturing is a continuous improvement model that strives to eliminate non-value-added activities. Manufacturers that embrace a culture of continuous improvement can be transformed into agile, competitive, and increasingly profitable businesses.

Lean manufacturing doesn’t require a large capital investment or increased human resources. In fact, it shows you how to do more with less – less capital equipment and less floor space – by getting the waste out and replacing it with value-added processes. Adopting a Lean approach will help you become faster and more responsive to customer requirements while using fewer resources.

Impact Washington’s one-day Lean 101 training programs provide students with training, simulation kits, and all necessary workbooks and course materials. Our programs help manufacturers learn how to:

  • Reduce cycle time and floor space
  • Reduce inventory
  • Stimulate teamwork
  • Improve productivity
  • Improve cash flow

Each training session accommodates 20-22 students and includes four hours of classroom training and four hours of simulation game where trainees assume different roles in an imaginary company that transforms from mass production to Lean methods. Learn more about upcoming certification programs and lean workshops in the Seattle area and around Washington State on our Manufacturing Events page.

Our Lean Solutions

Impact Washington is a non-profit organization committed to partnering with manufacturers to achieve continuous improvement and growth. Your success is our success—full stop. We leverage our relationship with NIST and Washington State to deliver effective tools, resources, and expertise to manufacturers small and large. Below you can learn more about our Lean training and certification programs.

ISO Consulting

ISO certification allows you to access and compete in new markets while ensuring your business operations are efficient and productive. Impact Washington can help you navigate ISO requirements and achieve certification through effective lean manufacturing principles.

Leveraging the expertise of Impact Washington has helped us to evolve our company in a manner that strengthens our competitiveness and market impact… Impact Washington has helped us to establish a Lean-focused culture and build upon the family and customer values that have driven our company through the years.

— Stacey Smith, VP of Marketing and HR, ControlTek

A Lean Success Story: Building Lean Culture for Continuous Improvement

Company Profile Karcher North America, located in Camas, Washington, is a world leader in the production of hot and cold water pressure washers. Their extensive line includes over 100 different industrial and commercial pressure washers. The Camas plant employs roughly 250 people. Situation Already familiar with lean production system strategies, Karcher knew that a stronger…

  • 24% increase in sales
  • $1.6M in cost savings
  • Operational efficiency: 24% increase
  • Investment in plant/equipment and workforce: $500,000

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