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Getting efficient more efficiently

As the lean philosophy gains ground in industry, demand for appropriate training courses is growing, too.

Lean production focuses on minimising the wastage of time and materials. It also aims to resolve as many faults as possible at their source, so that the risk of production accidents can be lowered and customer satisfaction raised. This is achieved by maintaining a consistently high quality standard while also working as closely as possible to the customer’s specified cycle time. Throughout all this, it is essential to keep an overview of the entire company. Lean production starts in management and filters out through production to every corner of the business.

Lean Management as a competitive advantage

The lean movement has its roots in the Japanese automotive industry. Indeed, its Oriental ancestry is still very much evident in the names given to numerous lean production methods – Muda, Kanban and Kaizen are just three examples. However, the principles are suitable for all branches of industry and companies of all shapes and sizes. In fact, small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from overhauling old working processes in a very short space of time.

All the same, managers need to learn the various methodologies before they can put them into practice. Ansbach University of Applied Sciences has earned itself an excellent reputation as a centre of learning for lean production and has established a dedicated institute – the CETPM. The Lean Production Master is just one of the qualifications available through a whole range of workshops at the institute, which specialises in training industry experts.

Learning lean production efficiently

To meet the needs of its students, the institute has to transfer a comprehensive package of knowledge within a very tight timeframe. It is important that teaching content can be put into practice straight away. For example, as part of this strategy, course participants completely reconfigure actual production environments several times over in the space of just two days. Steel constructions are too inflexible for this fast-paced approach, while simplified structures engineered in cardboard are far too unrealistic for practical purposes.

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