Course Detail: MFG309 - Principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Culture

Purdue University Fort Wayne leverages the resources of Purdue University by teaming up with their MEP program to offer this training.

The Mission:
To advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides high value, affordable solutions to help businesses increase profitability. As advocates for Indiana's thousands of manufacturers, our staff leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.

Principles of Lean Manufacturing

In this workshop, you'll learn how to transition from a traditional manufacturing approach to that of a lean manufacturing environment. Waste is eliminated, productivity increases, and you gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Topics discussed include the principles of lean manufacturing and how to apply them, standardized work, visual signals, batch-size reduction, pull systems, and more. Experience firsthand how lean improves quality, reduces cycle time, improves delivery performance, reduces WIP, and enables the "company" to show a profit.

A second topic covered at this workshop is lean culture. An organization's culture involves roles, beliefs, assumptions, and values that influence what gets done and how things get done. Successfully implementing lean manufacturing practices includes developing a culture of engaged employees and continuous improvement. This is no easy task. In this workshop, you'll learn about organizational culture and how developing a "lean" culture plays a key role in overall improvements. In addition to exploring the benefits of a lean culture, you'll also learn about the challenges and barriers related to culture and culture change.


  • Define "lean" as it relates to manufacturing.
  • List and describe the eight wastes.
  • Describe standardized work, 5S, visual controls, plant layout, quick changeover, batch-size reduction, point of use storage, Pull/Kanban, cellular flow, and total productive maintenance and how they fit into lean manufacturing.
  • Explain what organizational culture is and how it is created.
  • Explain the elements and benefits of lean culture.
  • Explain how different personalities and communication styles affect teamwork and the ability to reach shared goals.

Intended audience: Manufacturing personnel, including technicians, engineers, and managers

Take all five workshops to earn the certificate. To register for the entire Lean Practitioner I Certificate use this link:  Lean Practitioner I Certificate

This course will be delivered online. Classes will be facilitated by a live instructor during the scheduled course times. Participants should have a computer with a strong internet connection, a working microphone, and speakers. Students are required to utilize the camera and microphone to participate in this interactive class. Class participation enhances the online learning experience. Your instructor will send a meeting link to all students once registration has closed.

About the Instructor: Dane Bohnert has over 20 years of Lean and Quality Improvement experience. He has worked as a Quality Engineer, Launch Project Manager, Value Stream Operations Manager, Quality Manager, Supplier Development Specialist, Continuous Improvement Manager, Value Stream Coach, and Lean Consultant and Trainer.In addition, Dane holds certifications in Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality Assurance. He also received training and mentoring directly from Taiichi Ohno protégés Seizo Okamoto and Kazuhiro Sekiya, as well as others with wisdom in Toyota Production System (TPS) and the Toyota Way.

 Session Information: 24FMFG309

Schedule: Tuesday, September 17 (1 session)
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm EDT
Registration (Registration Deadline 9/11/24) : $295.00


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Dane Bohnert

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