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May 1–2, 2014 – ISO Internal Audit
When: May 1 and 2, 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
May 15, 2014 – Lean Office
When: May 15, 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
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 event will provide an overview to how lean principles can be applied in non-manufacturing settings. Participants will be challenged to “think lean” and use tools applicable to the office and service side of the business. This mixture of lecture and hands-on work will teach the fundamentals of workplace organization through 5S, waste elimination, value stream mapping, point of use storage, quality at the source, and more. Best of all, the principles and practices demonstrated can be applied immediately at your facility.

June 9–13 and July 7–11, 2014 – Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training
When: June 9–13, 2014 (week 1)
July 7–11, 2014 (week 2)
Time: Monday (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – Noon
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “I”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $3,990 (group discounts available)
Two or more registrations from the same facility – 10% discount

Cancellations: If the cancellation occurs more than 21 days before the start of a Lean Six Sigma Class, then there are no fees associated with the withdrawal. However, if the cancellation occurs within 21 days before the start of a class, then a cancellation fee of 20% fee will be charged.
Registration: Register online
Inquiries: Barbara Harding at (210) 522-3923 or email bharding@swri.org
Course Description:

Time, quality, and cost are the most important indicators in improving a company’s performance. TMAC’s Lean Six Sigma Program provides a systematic approach to dramatically impact all three by combining the strengths of today’s most powerful business initiatives, Lean and Six Sigma, into one integrated program. TMAC incorporates all the critical pieces for success: a cohesive methodology and toolset, experienced and knowledgeable instructors, and cutting edge software (Sigma XL) to enhance the effectiveness and learning of the participants.

June 19, 2014 – Plant Layout
When: June 19, 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:

If you have recently considered expanding your current facility, thought of moving to a new location, purchased a new piece of equipment or given your product a few plant tours before it’s ever shipped to your customer, this course is for you!

The Plant Layout Optimization course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on exercises that will give participants the tools they need to streamline their current or future facilities. During this half-day course, participants will learn to recognize the 8 Wastes that are common in all industries and will learn techniques to evaluate the efficiency of their current state facility layouts. Arrow Diagrams, Delay Studies Utilizing Mind Mapping Software and general production strategies will be covered.

Participants will also learn the importance of engaging their employees to become part of the solution for the future state layout. Various techniques to engage employees will be discussed including how to facilitate Macro and Micro Level Layout brainstorming sessions, Paper Cut-Out exercise and real time AutoCAD brainstorming. Advantages and disadvantages to using sophisticated 3D Modeling and simulation tools to illustrate future layouts will also be covered.

July 10, 2014 – 5S
When: July 10, 2014
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 per 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:

The 5S methodology is the cornerstone of creating discipline in the workplace and forms the foundation for all workplace improvements. 5S has only a little to do with creating a clean and tidy work area where everything is neat, near-by, and easy and fast to get to. That is indeed what you see when you go to a great 5S work managed operation, but that is not what 5S is for.

5S is there to help you do perfect work every time. 5S is really about:

  • Preventing mistakes, scrap and rework that ruins jobs
  • Making sure equipment is reliable and working properly to make a quality item every time
  • Removing and preventing useless variation in work activities and machine performance
  • Delivering exact quality products and service ever more quickly
  • Keeping people and plants safe from hazards and harm

This course, using a hands-on simulation and a variety of practical examples, highlights the benefits possible when 5S is deployed correctly.

July 24, 2014 – Setup Reduction
When: July 24, 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:

Recognizing that changeovers represented their largest amount of lost production, Toyota pioneered Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED). SMED is a fundamental concept in Lean production. In Lean terms, time spent in setting up equipment for production does not add value and therefore must be reduced or eliminated. Setup reduction methods aim to reduce production changeover to the shortest possible time. In this course, Participants learn the standard methodology in applying Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) by participating in a hands-on simulation.

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 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: $250/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 a 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. Participants are encouraged to attend the 7 Kata workshop presented in February as a highly related topic.

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 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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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course (57895)
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