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Basic Lean Production

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Lean Production means to only perform activities that add value to a product. In that way energy is released and can instead be used to develop and improve the organization.

Basic Lean Production is a wide course that gives you profound knowledge about the principles and methods used to eliminate all kinds of waste in the organization.

The course also describes how to work together to implement this philosophy in a company.

Objectives: You will learn to understand and use various principles and methods to implement this long-term, resource-efficient philosophy in your company.

Participants: The course is for you who work with organizational development and making the company’s processes concerning processing of goods and services more effective, both to internal and external customers.

Qualifications: No previous knowledge is required, but it is preferable if you have some work experience.

Training Method: Basic Lean Production is a Premium course and is studied over the internet via our e-learning platform Instant education. Read more about the training method E-learning - Premium courses.

Course Length: Approximately 25 hours active study time, depending on previous knowledge. Each student has access to the course for 6 months.

Price: 510 Euro / student
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Course contents:

Part 1

Manufacturing Companies

Resources and expertise are required to be able to develop products as efficiently as possible.

The Production Function

Description of different ways of grouping and structuring a production function.

Developing a Production System

There are three methods to manufacture complicated products – handicraft production, mass production and lean production.

Improvement Potential with Lean Production

The manager and the staff of a company must dare to challenge both their physical and mental processes.

Corporate Culture and Lean Production

If the new corporate cultures are examined closely, the importance of an altered hierarchy in the organizations can also be seen.

Competitive Method of Working

Spokesmen around the world argue that this way of working is the most competitive method of industrial manufacturing.

Driving Forces of Change

The driving force of continuous improvement to increase competitiveness and profitability also has to involve and include the employees.

Japanese Manufacturing Philosophy and Lean Production

The Japanese company Toyota is often associated with Lean Production

Resource Efficient Organization

In the resource efficient organization, the efficient handling of all resources, both internal and external, is of great importance.

A New Ideal Business Model

Japan's success in Lean Producation led to companies in the West holding this up as the ideal model.

The Lean Production Concept

The Lean Production concept encompasses several principles, as well as several tools.

The Process of Adding Value

It is necessary that the customer sees a higher value in the product compared to other alternative products.

Results of Lean Production

Lean organizations and Lean Production are international phenomena.

Principles of Lean Production

Toyota’s 14 principles.

Part 2

The Foundation of Lean Production

The concepts Stability and Standard form the foundation of the Lean model or temple.

Stability and Standard

The foundation of a Lean production system is standardization and creating stability in the processes

The Tool for Creating Standard and Stability

A basic tool used to create standard and stability is 5S.

Pull Production

Just-in-Time is a generic term for this production philosophy within demand controlled production.

Quality in Every Stage

The purpose is to quickly discover deviations from the standard, preferably before an error occurs.

Customer Focus and Continuous Improvements

The basis of fortunate improvements of the business is that you are aware of the current situation.

Commitment and Teamwork

Teamwork within Lean Production is important and the focus is on the work unit


Management is an absolutely key to the successful introduction of the Lean Production concept in a company.

Applications of Lean Production

Various applications and terminology of Lean Production.

Demand-driven Materials Supply and Production

Production and delivery take place according to actual consumption in the flow of materials.

Standardized Working Method

This working method is currently the best one in terms of quality and efficiency, and that it can be performed in a safe manner.

From a Metal Worker's Perspective

Views and attitudes towards the application of Lean Production.

Other Approaches are Possible

The notion that Lean Production is the only possible way of operating an industrial plant is hardly correct.

Part 3

Production Layouts and Flow Structures

Fundamental differences in the flow structures of different production systems.

Manufacturing Systems

The objectives when designing and planning a manufacturing system.

Improving the Production Process

The processing flow can be improved by physically changing production processes.

Setup Time in Production

Setup time is the time it takes to set up a machine to process a new product.

Focus on Setup Times

A successful Just-in-Time system usually involves placing an emphasis on reducing setup times.

Preventive Maintenance

Reducing the amount of time that machinery is idle by avoiding interruptions that arise due to mechanical faults.

TPM - Machine Reliability

An active TPM program allows a company to increase the reliability of its machinery.

Transition to Flow Paths

The process of organizing machinery and equipment on the basis of products and flow paths.

Flow Paths and Efficiency

A consequence of the transition to flow paths in the material flow is a gradual improvement in the efficiency of the operation.

Implementation of the Lean Concept

One characteristic of Lean principles is that product development creates the value flow of tomorrow.

Tools for Implementing Lean Production

Five development stages and its tools for Implementing Lean Production.

Implementation of Improvement Work

By demonstrating rapid results through gradual implementation, this can lead to increased commitment to continued work among employees.

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