Events and seminars

Seminar looks

at root causes

IMC will host a course on “Root Cause Analysis and A3 Thinking” from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 12.

According to a news release, root cause analysis is about problem-solving at its fundamental level. This portion of the training will focus on the Plan-Do-Check-Act Deming Wheel, following a seven-step process to determine root causes. Along with the methodology, tools will be introduced and practiced as teams, including new brainstorming techniques, 5 whys, fishbone diagrams and prioritization models.

A3 Thinking: Root Cause Analysis will further be developed in this portion of the training. A3 Thinking will be introduced and different formats will be presented. A popular improvement video will be viewed and discussed and A3 problem solving will be applied to the situation and teams will produce A3 reports.

The instructor, Kathleen W. Eisel, president of Quality Performance Services Inc. is a consultant and trainer in the business improvement arena. She works in a wide variety of industries and organizations, focusing on improving business processes. Her areas of expertise include international quality standards, lean enterprise tools [including six sigma] and leadership skills. Eisel started QPS Inc. in 1998 and was employed previously by Oxbridge Consulting in Singapore as consulting manager and by DuPont in several engineering, supervisory and consulting positions.

Through a Department of Labor and Industry grant, a reduced registration fee is available to qualified manufacturers. Not sure if you qualify? Call Lauri Moon at 570-329-3200 ext. 8085 or email laurim@imcpa.com.

To register visit http://imcpa.com/events/.

Seminar looks at

innovation engineering

The Innovative Manufacturers Center will host innovation engineering — how to create profitable new products and services, June 23 in Williamsport.

The key to profitability is to bring products and services to the marketplace that are both meaningful to customers and as unique as possible, according to a news release.

In this half-day session, Russ Lawrence, director of innovation with the IMC will share what it takes for a company to become an “innovative enterprise” and specifically how the tools, concepts, practices and learning system that is innovation engineering can achieve that objective.

Specific learning objectives include understanding innovation as a collaborative system that can engage across departments and functions of the organization, how to develop an “innovation strategy” that inspires deliverable ideas, the best tools and methods for generating ideas and expressing them in a clear and consistent format, the five progressive levels of prototyping, how to “fail fast and fail cheap” — to learn and make decisions without expending significant resources and understanding the innovation process stages.

Lawrence has 25 years of experience with lean/continuous improvement implementations along with multiple certifications. He has been with IMC for five years following a career with Pittsburgh-based manufacturer PPG Industries Inc. He works with small and mid-sized manufacturers on many issues and primarily on innovation and continuous improvement-related challenges and solutions. His passion is for win-win workplace practices like innovation engineering that maximize the creative potential of individuals and makes work more rewarding while simultaneously elevating the success of their organizations.

Through a Department of Labor and Industry grant, a reduced registration fee is available to qualified manufacturers. To learn more or to register, visit http://imcpa.com/event/innovation-engineering/.

Value stream mapping

topic of workshop

IMC will host a “Value Stream Mapping and Standard Work” workshop June 26.

Value Stream Mapping will be introduced as a tool for organizational improvement and process improvement. This is a high level tool that looks at the current state, develops the future state and creates the action plan to bridge the gap, a news release said. VSM is distinctive in that it is data/metric driven and information flow also is analyzed. Additionally, the focus is in the workplace.

Standard Work is at the crux of all improvement. Without one consistent way to complete a process, there is no basis for change. This portion of the training will introduce this basic premise, then take it to higher levels introducing information flow, performance metrics and visual displays as they relate to standard work.

Kathleen W. Eisel, president of Quality Performance Services Inc. is a consultant and trainer in the business improvement arena, will be the course’s instructor.

Through a Department of Labor and Industry grant, a reduced registration fee is available to qualified manufacturers. Not sure if you qualify? Call Lauri Moon at 570-329-3200-8085 or email laurim@imcpa.com.

To register visit http://imcpa.com/events/.