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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (Austin) – February 8-11, 2016
When: February 8-11, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II- 300
Austin, TX 78759
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. 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.

Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016
When: February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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
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 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 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.

Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (Austin) – April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2016
When: April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II-300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: ARMA member ($1,500) and non-member fees ($1,600)
Registration: ARMA Member Registration, Non-Member 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 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.

Principles of Lean Manufacturing Highlighting 5S: Workplace Organization (San Antonio) – April 14, 2016
When: April 14, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68 Conference Room “I”
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Principles of Lean Manufacturing (with live simulation) is an overview class that provides a solid foundation of lean concepts. Participants begin by manufacturing various assemblies in a traditional manufacturing setting. The results of the first simulation round provide the setting for continuous improvement by applying the lean manufacturing principles. Participants will have the knowledge of understanding the 8 wastes in manufacturing. A mixture of lecture and hands-on simulations will teach lessons in standardized work, workplace organization, visual controls, set-up reduction, batch size reduction, point of use storage, quality at the source, workforce practices, and pull systems.

5S: Workplace Organization, a cornerstone tool within Lean Manufacturing, will be covered in detail. Specific step-by-step instructions on each of the five S’s (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) will be explained, along with many practical examples.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (San Antonio) – May 3–6, 2016
When: May 3-6, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 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 of 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. 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.

Principles of Lean Manufacturing Highlighting 5S: Workplace Organization (Austin) – May 11, 2016
When: May 11, 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:

Principles of Lean Manufacturing (with live simulation) is an overview class that provides a solid foundation of lean concepts. Participants begin by manufacturing various assemblies in a traditional manufacturing setting. The results of the first simulation round provide the setting for continuous improvement by applying the lean manufacturing principles. Participants will have the knowledge of understanding the 8 wastes in manufacturing. A mixture of lecture and hands-on simulations will teach lessons in standardized work, workplace organization, visual controls, set-up reduction, batch size reduction, point of use storage, quality at the source, workforce practices, and pull systems.

5S: Workplace Organization, a cornerstone tool within Lean Manufacturing, will be covered in detail. Specific step-by-step instructions on each of the five S’s (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) will be explained, along with many practical examples.

Training Within Industry: Job Instruction (San Antonio) – August 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2016
When: August 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
Building 68 Conference Room “I”
Fee: $500/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The objective of Training Within Industry Job Instruction is to help supervisors develop a well-trained workforce resulting in less scrap and rework, fewer accidents, and less tool and equipment damage. Supervisors are taught how to effectively break down a job for instruction. The method emphasizes preparing the operator to learn, giving a proper demonstration, identifying the key points in the job, observing the operator perform trial runs, and tapering off coaching while continuing to follow-up. This course is taught 2 hours per day for 5 consecutive days.

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (San Antonio) – September 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2016
When: September 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 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. 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!

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: TMAC Offices, Austin
9390 Research Blvd., Ste. II-300
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: ARMA member ($1,400) and non-member fees ($1,600)
Registration: ARMA Member Registration, Non-Member Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 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!

Manufacturing Day (San Antonio) – October 7, 2016
When: October 7, 2016
Time: TBD
Where: TBD
Fee: TBD
Registration: Coming
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Coming soon!

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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.

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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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