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.
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.
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.
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.
Lean Certification Program
The Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) body of knowledge was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Impact Washington is the sole delivery partner for SME in Washington. The class is intended to provide training and experience to those individuals who would play the role of “Lean Champions” within their organizations.
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
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