Local IMEC program aims to improve food manufacturer productivity

From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE – Lean 101, a full-day program aimed at teaching food manufacturers how to cut waste and build productivity, will be held May 19 at Southwestern Illinois College.

Sponsors are IMEC, the nonprofit manufacturing improvement organization, and the Selsius program at SWIC.

The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SWIC, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Cost is $279.

For more information contact Lisa Kenney, (314) 330-9795 or [email protected] .

The full-day program combines a comprehensive classroom presentation with hands-on simulation of a production facility. Participants act as production workers on a pizza assembly, applying the lean tools to their individual workspaces as well as across the entire product line.

This learn-do technique illustrates over four “rounds” the cause and effect relationships of the lean tools presented. Participants review methodology and lessons learned from previous shifts, deciding what and how to implement change while working with realistic constraints such as available resources, cash flow and resistance to change.

Participants will learn how to identify the eight wastes in manufacturing and experience how productivity can be improved by applying standard work, visual controls, quick changeover, batch size reduction, point-of-use storage, quality at the source, pull systems and more.

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