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Hoshin Kanri: Strategic Planning and Executive Policy Deployment Using the “X-Matrix” (San Antonio)
When: September 30, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
Fee: $495/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The objective of this Seminar is to introduce and train Executives and Senior employees in the X-Matrix, a strategic planning tool giving you the ability to turn long-term strategic goals into concrete day-to-day improvement actions that will achieve these plans. By involving all levels of stakeholders in the enterprise, a properly developed X-Matrix can remove resistance to change, assigns ownership and accountability up and down the organization charts, and lays out a functioning tactical plan to achieve strategic goals.

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (San Antonio) – October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016
When: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68 Conference Room “I”
Fee: SAMA member and non-member fees
Registration: Registration through SAMA (posted soon)
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

This unique program provides companies the opportunity to provide their employees with a strong foundation in the Lean concepts and tools that are used to drive continuous improvement and achieve world-class business performance. The certification consists of nine “Lean Tools” that can be applied in any business environment (Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping, 5S Workplace Organization, Cellular Manufacturing, Standard Work, Pull Systems, Setup Reduction, Total Productive Maintenance and Kaizen Events and Facilitation). Participants completing the entire series will receive a certificate of completion on Lean Manufacturing. Continuing Education Units will also be available!

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (Austin) – October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2016
When: October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: ARMA member ($1,400) and non-member fees ($1,600)
Registration: ARMA Member Registration, Non-Member Registration
Inquiries: Stephanie Trail at 512-225-5241 or email stephanie@arma-tx.org
Course Description:

This unique program provides companies the opportunity to provide their employees with a strong foundation in the Lean concepts and tools that are used to drive continuous improvement and achieve world-class business performance. The certification consists of nine "Lean Tools" that can be applied in any business environment (Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping, 5S Workplace Organization, Cellular Manufacturing, Standard Work, Pull Systems, Setup Reduction, Total Productive Maintenance and Kaizen Events and Facilitation). Participants completing the entire series will receive a certificate of completion on Lean Manufacturing. Continuing Education Units will also be available!

Manufacturing Day (San Antonio) – October 7, 2016
When: October 7, 2016
Time: Tour/Presentation (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68/Conference Room “I”
Note: Individual Registration Required
Limited to 20 registrants
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

SwRI and TMAC proudly join together to support “Manufacturing Day” as a celebration of all manufacturers in America. We salute the men and women who make the United States the world’s largest manufacturing economy. Manufacturing offers tremendous career opportunities that are technology-driven in innovative environments that also provide good-paying jobs!

Join us for a presentation and tour that highlights how we here at SwRI and TMAC support manufacturing and advanced technologies. Collectively we develop and deliver advanced technologies and processes in the field of manufacturing. We assist customers in developing and achieving strategic goals, improvement plans and superior levels of performance. We also develop and implement new automation, robotic, sensing solutions for advanced manufacturing.

Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – November 7–11, 2016
When: November 7–11, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68/Conference Room “B”
Fee: $1,240/per person
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The Supervisor Certification curriculum targets firstline supervisors at manufacturing facilities with a comprehensive overview of supervisory principles. With a strong emphasis on continuous improvement, job instruction, employee relations, problem solving, and effective communication, the course teaches students the interpersonal strategies to become a productive and respected supervisor.

Course based on Training Within Industry (TWI). TWI is an improvement process that addresses the essential skills needed by supervisors (anyone leading others). TWI’s rich history originated in the United States in the 1940s where the program was a resounding success, boosting industrial production beyond expectations.

  • 86% of companies increased production by at least 25%
  • 100% reduced training time by more than 25%
  • 55% reduced scrap by at6 least 25%

During the prosperity of post-war America, the TWI program was abandoned and it soon became a faded memory. TWI is experiencing a rebirth throughout industry. Lean enterprises are increasingly turning to TWI as a means to sustain improvements and achieve standard work. TWI has been successfully applied in hundreds of companies worldwide.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (San Antonio) – November 8–11, 2016
When: November 8–11, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68/Conference Room “I”
Fee: $800/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

GD&T is an international symbolic language used on mechanical engineering drawings to supplement and optimize traditional coordinate dimensioning and tolerancing. Dan Bauer from ITR holds Senior GD&T Certification from ASME and will be teaching GD&T Fundamentals including the following:

  • What is it, who uses it, and why
  • Major Elements of GD&T
  • How to interpret Feature Control Frames, Datums, and Basic Dimensions
  • Inspection and measurement options for each of the 14 GD&T Symbols
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of GD&T for Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection
  • Basic Steps for Applying Coordinate and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to New Designs or Drawings
  • Customized application and interpretation exercises based on Participant Drawings*

*Participants can submit drawings (with or without GD&T) to the instructor during the seminar for review During the presentation.

Participants receive a 350+ page textbook, certificate of completion, and on-going complimentary support From ITR. Click here to download the entire course outline.

This program is appropriate for all management, design, manufacturing, quality, inspection, purchasing personnel to understand the benefits and proper application and interpretation of GD&T.

Corrective Action (Austin) – November 15, 2016
When: November 15, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: ARMA member ($275) and non-member ($325)
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Kristin Wheatley at 303-810-0361 or email kwheatley@swri.org
Course Description:

This course outlines the Corrective Action Process and provides the background and tools necessary to complete an effective root cause analysis as well as defect prevention methods. This unique program provides companies the opportunity to provide their employees with an overview and a strong foundation in the corrective action concepts and tools that are used. Participants will understand the difference between corrections and corrective action and how both fit into a continuous improvement cycle.

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Texas cities in the South Central TMAC Region include: Austin, Georgetown, New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin, Temple, Uvalde, Victoria, and Waco.

Related Terminology

lean manufacturing  •  lean healthcare  •  lean training  •  manufacturing assistance  •  process improvement  •  lean six sigma  •  six sigma  •   green belt certification  •  black belt certification  •  quality system  •   facility layout  •  sustainable manufacturing  •  E3  •  lean, clean and energy (LCE)

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 10 technical divisions.
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