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March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015 – Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program
When: March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 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:

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 an 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 at 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.

March 19, 2015 – Safety Seminar
When: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 209, Conference Room “103”
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:

The Top 10 Manufacturing Violations, National and Local Emphasis Programs, Preventing Severe Injuries and Fatalities. How to Effectively Handle An OSHA Inspection-Preparation and Compliance Forms and More!

As a manufacturer, what types of violations is OSHA likely to find if they inspect my workplace? Why would they want to inspect my workplace anyway? And if OSHA does show up, how do I best handle the situation?

This presentation will help you take a fresh look at your safety program and will provide you with practical advice on compliance issues OSHA has targeted for manufacturers and the best way to prepare for and handle an OSHA inspection.

Although most companies strive to maintain an effective safety program for their employees, it is easy to get out of compliance with OSHA regulations. What’s new with OSHA’s regulations and enforcement efforts? How can I make sure my safety program meets the requirements of OSHA’s push for an Injury and Illness Prevention Program regulation?

Targeted Audience – This seminar is designed for managers, supervisors, and individuals that are involved in implementing safety, health and environmental activities.

April 2, 2015 – Fundamentals of Project Management
When: April 2, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 160 Auditorium
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:

When managing projects, you organize scarce resources, work under tight deadlines, and control project changes all while ensuring maximum team performance. In Fundamentals of Project Management you are provided the steps to effectively implement and see projects through to completion. Utilizing a hypothetical project, you will learn to successfully plan, manage and deliver projects. You also learn how to select and implement project management processes, develop leadership skills and respond to real-world scenarios.

May 20-21, 2015 – ISO Internal Audit
When: May 20-21, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
Building 68, Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $650/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Learn the fundamentals and applications of ISO 9001 Internal Auditing. This two-day internal auditing course covers the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) Standard, requirements and auditing techniques.

This internal audit training class will benefit individuals participating in an internal audit for the first time; employees of companies interested in implementation or management of ISO QMS; and quality professionals who want a refresher course. No prior audit experience necessary.

Topics covered in this Internal Auditing course will enable you to:

  • Understand the ISO 9001:2008 QMS requirements
  • Plan and conduct effective internal audits
  • Apply the proper interpretation of the standard in actual internal audit situations
  • Understand management’s role in the QMS and auditing process
July 16, 2015 – Managing by VSM
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.
September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015 – Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
When: September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 12, 2015 – Introduction to Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools
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.

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Related Terminology

lean manufacturing  •  lean healthcare  bull;  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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