Learn About Kanban from the Experts: Leonardo Group and Toyota Material Handling Partner in Workshop

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Leonardo Group Americas, the Lean Factory Group and Toyota Material Handling are partnering on a 3-day Lean material management workshop at the TMHU factory in Columbus, Indiana on December 11-13. Learn about Kanban, apply it in a simulation environment and see it in action.

Lean Material Management Workshop

A learning opportunity like this happens rarely: the chance to learn about Lean material management, and then see it in action in one of the best plants in North America.

Material management is a critical element in any manufacturing improvement effort, and no one does it better than Toyota. The method of choice for most items is called Kanban, a signalling method that if executed properly can virtually eliminate parts shortages. Toyota was instrumental in developing this system, and the workshop focuses on the various Kanban and material management methods in use at the Toyota Material Handling plant.

Participants will study each of the principal Kanban methods, and immediately apply these methods in a simulated factory. They will then have a chance to see the tools in action on the factory floor, at the Toyota Material Handling lift truck plant in Columbus, Indiana. This factory was voted one of the top 10 plants in the US in 2011 by Industry Week magazine.

Richard Rahn, the president of the Lean Factory Group and a principal with the Leonardo Group said "Learning opportunities like this are rare. This is a chance to learn about all of the various material management methods, and then see them in action in a simulated factory, and in a working factory. We have been partnering with Toyota Material Handling to validate and teach the material handling methods currently in use, and two factory tours provide a unique chance to see a mature material management system in action."

The workshop is also sponsored by the non-profit Lean Factory Group, and the tools and equipment for the class are provided by Lean Factory Group members Toyota, Bosch Rexroth and Orgatex. Participants will be working with a PC-based Kanban database, and Kanban management tools from Orgatex, in setting up a model material delivery system in the classroom.

Date: December 11-13, 2012
Place: Toyota Material Handling, Columbus, Indiana.
Cost: $1,995.00. Group discounts available.
Attendance limited to 40 seats.
Find out more and register at http://www.leanfactorygroup.com

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