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June 2015 – Lean Six Sigma for Black Belt (Arlington)
When: Course begins June 22, 2015 for 4 weeks.

Week 1: June 22–26
Week 2: July 20–24
Week 3: August 17–21
Week 4: September 14–18
Where: Bob Duncan Center
2800 South Center Street
Arlington, TX 76014
Fee: $9,990/participant (group discounts available)
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

TMAC’s Lean Six Sigma Program provides a systematic approach to combine the waste elimination methods of Lean with the variation reduction toolset of Six Sigma. The DMAIC process provides the overarching structure for project management, which helps insure that solutions are sustainable. Students learn through a combination of lecture, student project presentations, exercises, case studies, and simulations. Instructors emphasize practical application of tools and methods. The median payback for TMAC Black Belt projects is $134,000/year.

The LSS Black Belt class is a rigorous course incorporating both Basic and Advanced problem-solving methods. A partial list of tools covered includes value-stream mapping. Little’s Law, measurement system analysis, process control & capability, hypothesis testing, kaizen, pull systems, regression, setup reduction, process balancing, and design of experiments.

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July 9–10, 2015 – QMS Internal Auditor Training (Austin)
When: July 9-10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $650/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This unique course will be customized to the attendee’s specific requirements. The ISO 9001:2008 standard will provide the baseline, however, AS 9100, TS 16949 and ISO 13485 requirements could be included in conjunction, depending on the attendee’s requests. Since all four standards use the same vernacular, emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of the prose and what/how to audit once understood.

July 16, 2015 – Managing by VSM (San Antonio)
When: July 16, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $175/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Value Stream Mapping is a powerful technique for visualizing the flow of raw materials, information, and finished products through all production steps from receiving to shipping. You start by mapping your “current state,” to identify all the inefficiencies and bottlenecks, and plan your way ahead by mapping an “ideal state” and the steps it will take to get there.

Mapping out the “value stream” in your operation will enable you to minimize wasted labor, time, and materials. Streamlined work processes allow for shorter lead times for supplies, faster changeover of products, and reduced operating costs – which means more profit to use in improving and expanding your product line and capturing more of the market.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Map out your processes the correct way.
  • See the flow of your value stream and identify wastes in the flow.
  • View all products from a system perspective.
  • Draw both material and information flows of your value stream.
  • Draw a blueprint for lean transformation – the future state map.
  • Prioritize activities needed to achieve the future state.
August 4, 2015 – The 5S/Visual Controls Nexus (Austin)
When: August 4, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This course will integrate the fundamentals of a 5S implementation with the basic tenets of visual controls. All phases of a 5S system will be included; however, special emphasis will be placed on the 4th and 5th “S’s” of a 5S system. As such, the course is designed for those directing their own 5S implementation.

August 7, 2015 – 19th Annual Government Procurement Conference (Arlington)
When: August 7, 2015
Where: Arlington Convention Center
Arlington, TX
For information go to: http://www.gpc-texas.org/
Course Description:

The Government Procurement Conference is a regional conference fostering business partnerships between the government, its prime contractors and the following:

  • Small businesses
  • Minority-owned businesses
  • Service-disabled veteran-owed (SBVOB)
  • Veteran-owned businesses (VOB)
  • HUBZone
  • Women-owned businesses (WOB)
September 10 and 15, 2015 – Cellular Manufacturing and Pull Systems (Austin)
When: September 10 and 15, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $650/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This is a higher level course designed for mid to upper level managers. Since cellular manufacturing and Kanban systems are so interdependent, both subject areas will be addressed thoroughly. A simulation is included in the cellular curriculum, and some basic knowledge of descriptive statistics will be required for the Kanban curriculum.

September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015 – Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (San Antonio)
When: September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
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. A “first-of-its-kind” in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, 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!

November 10, 2015 – ISO 9001:2015 Overview (Austin)
When: November 10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The newly published changes to the ISO 9001 standard will be explained. Necessary changes to a company’s QMS and ramifications will be presented. This course has been developed for quality professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the new standard and possible documentation options.

November 12, 2015 – Introduction to Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools (San Antonio)
When: November 12, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Are you tired of going around in circles when trying to solve a simple problem or running out of creative solutions to try? If so, this Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools class is for you. This training introduces effective approaches to problem solving and decision making that have proven to be successful in improving efficiency, performance, and productivity.

December 2–3, 2015 – Toyota Kata (Austin)
When: December 2–3, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $650/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The improvement and coaching Kata will be introduced on day one. The cognitive science behind adaptability and how organizational dynamics are optimized will be a main focus. Day one will culminate with an overview of the improvement Kata application. Day two will involve the actual application of the improvement Kata in a live industrial environment. This course is meant for any manager interested in daily incremental improvement and those interested in industrial psychology.

January 19, 2016 – P2, Environmental Performance and Lean (Austin)
When: January 19, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The nexus between the eight wastes of “Lean” and pollution prevention (P2) will be presented. Strategies for integrating environmental performance into a Lean transformation will be presented. This course is designed for EH&S professionals as well as those responsible for production.

February 2, 2016 – ISO 9001:2015 Making the Transition (Austin)
When: February 2, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. – noon
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $175/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This seminar will brief quality professionals on the methods being used to transition from the 2008 to the 2015 versions of ISO 9001.

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