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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 3–7, 2014 – Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instruction (JI) Training
When: November 3–7, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, Building 68
Conference Room “D”
San Antonio, TX 78238
Fee: $500/participant
Registration: SAMA
Inquiries: Debbie Santos at (210) 979-7530 or email debbiesantos@sama-tx.org
Course Description:

Teaches supervisors how to quickly train employees to do the job correctly, safely, and conscientiously. The objective 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.

The TWI program follows a proven four-step process: preparation, presentation, application and testing. Supervisors are given the opportunity to learn and practice the process in a confidential, low-stress, and highly supportive environment. The JI program is simple, straight-forward and easy to implement. Class materials include pocket reference cards and participant workbooks for daily use after the program has been completed.

Who should attend? First line supervisors, team-leads and managers.

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 10 technical divisions.
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