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Principles of Lean Manufacturing Highlighting 5S: Workplace Organization (San Marcos) – January 30, 2017
When: January 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Thermon Manufacturing Company
100 Thermon Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
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.

TMAC Department of Defense Assessment Seminar (San Antonio) – February 8, 2017
When: February 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “B”
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Site: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Event: Jordan Kempler at 817-272-5986 or email Jordan.kempler@tmac.org
Course Description:

The Department of Defense (DoD) wants your company to remain successful by transitioning to new revenue streams while retaining capabilities for future DoD needs.

Who should attend? Business owners, managers and decision makers from organizations that can answer “YES” to the following questions:

  • Has your company been awarded a DoD contract in the past 4 years, or is in the DoD supply chain?
  • Is your company a manufacturer and/or provide distribution services?
  • Has sequestration reduced your DoD awarded contract load by at least 20% over the last 3 years?

If you said YES to all three questions, your organization may qualify for a FULLY FUNDED capability/value assessment.

Attend TMAC’s upcoming DoD Assessment Seminar to learn more about this program from our experts! Must register to attend.

No service providers please.

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Workshop (Austin) – February 22, 2017
When: February 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Liz Gori at 512-225-5241 x144 or email liz@arma-tx.org
Course Description:

The ISO 9001:2015 Transition comprehensive 1-day workshop will introduce the new ISO high-level structure for management system standards (Annex SL) and review the changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015. Presenter, Josh Hargrave, will provide information that will enable participants to identify the key gaps in their current Quality Management System (QMS) and start planning the transition to the new requirements.

Key Session Topics:

  • Review of the new requirements of Annex SL (Appendix 2) and how it affects the quality management system structure.
  • Workplace Organization.
  • Review of the risk-based approach and its significance.
  • Explain the key changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 and interpretation of these requirements.
  • Review of documentation requirements and its impact on current documentation structure, including the numbering scheme.
  • Review of the transition timeline and identifying the appropriate time for upgrade certification.

Pre-requisites:

  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 and the key principles of a QMS.
Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017
When: Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
Fee: SAMA Member: $1,500
Non-member: $1,600
Registration: Register Online
Inquiries: Registration: Debbie Santos at 210-979-7530 or email debbie@sama-tx.org
Location: 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.

Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (Austin) – March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2017
When: March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: ARMA Member: $1,500
Non-member: $1,700
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Liz Gori at 512-225-5241 x144 or email liz@arma-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.

Reading Engineering Drawings [Blueprint Reading] (San Antonio) March 23-24, 2017
When: March 23-24, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (half day sessions to minimize impact on production)
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “B”
Fee: $400/participant
Registration: Online Registration
SwRI employees please contact bharding@swri.org for payment
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

This two half-day workshop will provide fundamental knowledge and hands-on practice for interpreting mechanical engineering drawings. Topics addressed include the purpose and development of engineering drawings for creating new products, the basic elements of any engineering drawing, and the representation of views using orthographic projection. The course employs “learn-by-doing” and “hands-on” exercises. Highlight: Participants practice interpretation by sketching orthographic views, and by creating clay models of parts represented on sample drawings.

  • How to interpret related views using the North American and European/Asia systems.
  • How to interpret the various types of lines used on engineering drawings.
  • Step-by-step guidelines for sketching basic engineering drawings.
  • The types and purposes of different types of drawings, including detailed, assembly, and outline drawings.
  • How to visualize and create the 3-D part using the 2-D drawing views.
  • The fundamentals of dimensions, tolerances, symbols, and notes.
  • An introduction to fundamental Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing elements.

Download the entire course outline.

*The first five registrations receive a classic extra text, “Print Reading for Industry” by Walter Brown. Includes: Interactive course materials, pre/post assessment, certificate of completion, customized exercises based on participant drawings, and on-going email and telephone support from ITR available. Questions regarding content – Dan Bauer (ITR), 915-867-4500 or email dan.bauer@itr-sa.com.

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Workshop (San Antonio) – March 29, 2017
When: March 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “B”
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The ISO 9001:2015 Transition comprehensive 1-day workshop will introduce the new ISO high-level structure for management system standards (Annex SL) and review the changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015. Presenter, Josh Hargrave, will provide information that will enable participants to identify the key gaps in their current Quality Management System (QMS) and start planning the transition to the new requirements.

Key Session Topics:

  • Review of the new requirements of Annex SL (Appendix 2) and how it affects the quality management system structure.
  • Workplace Organization.
  • Review of the risk-based approach and its significance.
  • Explain the key changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 and interpretation of these requirements.
  • Review of documentation requirements and its impact on current documentation structure, including the numbering scheme.
  • Review of the transition timeline and identifying the appropriate time for upgrade certification.

Pre-requisites:

  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 and the key principles of a QMS.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (San Antonio) April 10-13, 2017
When: April 10-13, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (half day sessions to minimize impact on production)
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “B”
Fee: $800/participant
Registration: Online Registration
SwRI employees please contact bharding@swri.org for payment
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.

Questions regarding content – Dan Bauer (ITR), 915-867-4500 or email dan.bauer@itr-sa.com.

ISO Internal Audit (Austin) - April 19 and 20, 2017
When: April 19 and 20, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
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 recently revised ISO 9001:2015 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 9001:2015 QMS requirements
  • Understand the changes in the 9001:2008 revision
  • 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
ISO 9001:2015 Transition Workshop (San Antonio) - June 12, 2017
When: June 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
Fee: $350/participant
Registration: Online Registration
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at 210-522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

The ISO 9001:2015 Transition comprehensive 1-day workshop will introduce the new ISO high-level structure for management system standards (Annex SL) and review the changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015. Presenter, Josh Hargrave, will provide information that will enable participants to identify the key gaps in their current Quality Management System (QMS) and start planning the transition to the new requirements.

Key Session Topics:

  • Review of the new requirements of Annex SL (Appendix 2) and how it affects the quality management system structure.
  • Workplace Organization.
  • Review of the risk-based approach and its significance.
  • Explain the key changes between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 and interpretation of these requirements.
  • Review of documentation requirements and its impact on current documentation structure, including the numbering scheme.
  • Review of the transition timeline and identifying the appropriate time for upgrade certification.

Pre-requisites:

  • Working knowledge of ISO 9001:2008 and the key principles of a QMS.
Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2017
When: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
Fee: $1,600/participant
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 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) – July 12, 19, 26, August 2 and 9, 2017
When: July 12, 19, 26, August 2 and 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: $1,600
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 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.

Introduction to Basic Six Sigma Problem Solving Tools (San Antonio) - September 11, 2017
When: September 11, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
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.

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (San Antonio) – October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017
When: October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
Fee: SAMA Member: TBA
Non-member: TBA
Registration: Registration coming soon
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!

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (Austin) – October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2017
When: October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Signature Science
8329 North Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
Fee: Coming soon
Registration: Coming soon
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. The certification consists of nine “Lean Tools” that can be applied in any business environment (Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping, 5S Workplace Organization, Cell8ular 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 6, 2017
When: October 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
“Intelligent Systems Division”
Building 68 at 303 Tom Slick Avenue
Conference Room “A12”
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, sending solutions for advanced manufacturing.

Past Events

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (Austin) – February 8-11, 2016
  • Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (Austin) – April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2016
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing Highlighting 5S: Workplace Organization (San Antonio) – April 20, 2016
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Fundamentals (San Antonio) – May 3-6, 2016
  • Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – May 9, 16, 23, June 6 and 13, 2016
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing Highlighting 5S: Workplace Organization (Austin) – June 20, 2016
  • Executive Breakfast Case Study of Strategic Planning and Policy Deployment Using the “X-Matrix” (San Antonio) – September 9, 2016
  • Hoshin Kanri: Strategic Planning and Executive Policy Deployment Using the “X-Matrix” (San Antonio) – September 30, 2016
  • Manufacturing Day (San Antonio) – October 7, 2016
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (San Antonio) – October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016
  • Lean Manufacturing Certification Program (Austin) – October 5, 13, 19, 26 and November 2, 2016
  • Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program (San Antonio) – November 7–11, 2016
  • Tolerance Stack Analysis (TSA) including GD&T and Statistical Tolerancing (San Antonio) – November 8–11, 2016
  • Corrective Action (Austin) – November 15, 2016
  • ISO 9001:2015 Transition Workshop (Austin) – December 7, 2016
  • ISO 9001:2015 Transition Workshop (San Antonio) – December 8, 2016

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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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