Lean Training

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

Lean Certification

Our Lean Certification training is based on the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Body of Knowledge. We provide the training & necessary course materials for participants to successfully pass the SME Bronze Level exam.

Lean Consulting:

We provide on-site consulting to companies of any size, offering a tailored approach & custom implementation plans. We work with every company from the office to the manufacturing floor to find custom solutions that work.

Why Impact?

We’re a nonprofit organization with specialized account executives and a 100% success rate. We leverage our national network of sister organizations and grant access to ensure your implementation is sustainable and affordable.

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.

Stacey Smith

“We have learned to use experts when we can’t resolve problems or meet goals on our own. 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 / ControlTek / Vancouver, WA

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.

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Toyota Kata

Builds upon the philosophy of lean, and helps companies to further develop the people skills, thinking and behavior necessary for continuous improvement on a daily basis, thus transforming a firm’s culture.

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Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping (VSM) is the observing and mapping of existing production processes. It graphically displays how long it takes to complete a process using current techniques and classifies each task as either value-added or non value-added time. Learn more about how Impact Washington utilizes value stream mapping to help identify room for improvement.

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Training Within Industry (TWI)

TWI programs were developed sixty years ago in an effort to boost industrial production to the levels required to win World War II. After the war, TWI was introduced world wide. Training Within Industry focuses on going to the source, observing in detail, and learning by doing.

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Krassimir Totev

Krassimir is an Account Executive with 20+ years’ experience in Engineering, is a lean practitioner & Six Sigma Black Belt

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Sarah Stuart

Sarah has 10+ years experience in process improvement. An instructor for the SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) and a Six Sigma instructor

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Loren Lyon

Loren is President and Center Director of Impact Washington. He has 30+ years of experience in manufacturing and is certified by APICS, ISM and ASQ.

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