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August 7, 2014 – TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)
When: August 7, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $175/participant
Registration: Register online
Consider registering for this course as part of the 2014 Training Package!
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a method to proactively maintain machines and equipment at their peak productivity to increase return on capital assets by using the skills of both operators and mechanics. The 8 Pillars of TPM increases overall equipment effectiveness and helps avoid interruptions to production to achieve reduced batch sizes and increased equipment performance. This course is intended for both production and maintenance personnel and covers the 8 Pillars of TPM:

  • Planned Maintenance
  • Autonomous Maintenance
  • Early Equipment Management
  • Focused Improvement
  • Quality
  • Health and Safety
  • Training and Education
  • TPM in the Office
August 18–19, 2014 – ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training
When: August 18–19, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 9390 Research Blvd
Kaliedo II STE 300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $650 per participant
ARMA Member discount $450 per participant
(lunch provided)
Registration: Regular registration
ARMA discount registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training is a two day, 15 hour course. Participants will be introduced to the ISO 9000 registration scheme, its documentation structure, the importance of corrective action disposition and the role of management review. Each element of the standard will be reviewed and the participants will interpret their meaning. The meaning and understanding of the standard is an imperative for an effective internal audit. This training is therefore aimed at having participants understand the spirit of the standard and applying its requirements to their own operations in order to develop and execute a constructive and beneficial audit. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of conducting an audit.

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August 21, 2014 – Innovation Engineering Green Belt Workshop
When: August 21, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Register online
Consider registering for this course as part of the 2014 Training Package!
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Innovation Engineering transforms innovation from a random event into a reliable, scientific system for profitable growth.

The Innovation Engineering Green Belt program is a way to learn and apply the Innovation Engineering system. First, you will participate in a series of Workshops to learn some fundamental tools for Creating, Communicating and Commercializing Meaningfully Unique Ideas. After training, you will apply the IE methods to address a specific Opportunity or Problem within your organization.

Innovation Engineering Workshop series is a set of three 2 hour classes (presented in a single day) that provide you with a basic understanding of the IE system for increasing innovation speed & decreasing risk. You will learn to accelerate ideas for new or improved products, services and processes.

As a prerequisite for attending each Innovation Engineering Workshop, we ask that you watch a video for each of the 3 focus areas - Create, Communicate and Commercialize. By watching the videos in advance, we can dive straight into hands-on application during class.

We will be using the internet during the sessions so please remember to bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Thanks!

Become a certified Innovation Engineering Green Belt

In order to become certified as an Innovation Engineering Green Belt, you must first attend the Create, Communicate and Commercialize Workshop. Complete three homework assignments to demonstrate your understanding of the Create, Communicate and Commercialize methods. Participate on a project team for at least 6 weeks through Discovery, and write a Reflection of what you learned along the way.

September 4, 2014 – Using A3 as a Tool for VSA Improvement
When: September 4, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Register online
Consider registering for this course as part of the 2014 Training Package!
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This workshop is a one-day introduction to Value Stream Analysis and how the use of A3 within the context of a rapid improvement event can be leveraged to achieve the VSA future state vision. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the fundamentals of VSA and the advantages of the enhanced agreement on structural improvement that A3 thinking affords. Once a visual representation of system improvement is understood using VSA, specific issues can be addressed using the A3 visual management vehicle. This workshop will demonstrate that A3 visually communicates a way of thinking within a team environment and in no way is a report- writing methodology.

September 18, 2014 – Corrective Action
When: September 18, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $175/participant
Registration: Register online
Consider registering for this course as part of the 2014 Training Package!
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Are you tired of wasting time and money solving the same old problems over and over again? An effective corrective action system can break this cycle, fix problems for good and allow you to spend your efforts on more value-added activities. We invite you to participate in this 4-hour, hands-on, workshop to learn the secrets of effective corrective action:

  • Learn how to define problems in a way that greatly increases your probability of success.
  • Learn how to use special tools to discover the true root cause of the problem.
  • Learn how to implement effective action and countermeasures to tackle the problem.
  • Learn how to close-the-loop and assure that you have a solution that will stick!

These tools can be applied within any organization or workplace, by anyone. Quality managers, technicians, engineers, administrators, supervisors, managers – if you have problems to be solved, you will benefit from effective corrective action.

For those organizations that are ISO 9001 registered, ineffective corrective action is one of the most cited non-conformances during registration audits. This workshop can help you respond to audit findings and be better prepared for your next audit.

September 29, 2014 – Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
When: September 29, 2014,
October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014
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: $1,400 member fee; $1,600 non-member fee
Registration: SAMA; PDF
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.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!

October 3, 2014 – Manufacturing Day at SwRI and TMAC, South Central
When: October 3, 2014
Time: Tour/Presentation (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: Free (individual registration required)
Limited to 50 registrants.
Registration: Register online
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.

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October 16, 2014 – How Strategic Planning Can Improve Your Bottom Line
When: October 16, 2014
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: Register online
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This day-long workshop will utilize a hands-on case study to enable participants to lead an organization in establishing a strategic plan. The strategic planning process can be applied to annual or multi-year plans. This includes: articulating competitive advantage, developing Mission, Vision and Values; assessing the environment, determining strategic issues; establishing objectives, aligning strategies; setting balanced goals and realistic measures; cascading the plan through the organization and establishing periodic reviews and accountability. Participants will receive templates, samples and tools for use after the workshop.

Approximately 1 hour of pre-work required. Participants should bring current company Mission, Vision, Values statement (if available).

November 6–7, 2014 – ISO Internal Audit
When: November 6 and 7, 2014
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: $650/participant
Registration: Register online
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
December 4, 2014 – Open House
When: December 4, 2014
Time: TBA
Where: Details coming soon!
Fee: Details coming soon!
Registration: Details coming soon!
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Details coming soon!

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TMAC South Central

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  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)

Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 11 technical divisions.
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