RIT Announces Classes for Certification in Lean Manufacturing

Training sessions focus on reducing cost and increasing efficiency of business processes

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Chris Chapman, senior program manager in RIT's Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise, discusses a redesign project with participants in the center's lean manufacturing certification program. Classes for the next training session begin April 6.

The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology offers a lean certification program—providing training and coaching that teaches participants how to reduce costs and waste associated with manufacturing and business operations while also enhancing overall productivity and efficiency.

The program, offered through CIMS’ Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise, begins classes April 6. The certification process includes eight training days over a three-month period that involve course work in value stream mapping and rapid-process improvement projects, known as kaizens. Participants also learn how to implement lean processes directly into their business operations.

“Our lean programs have assisted numerous businesses in decreasing costs, improving product quality and enhancing communication between staff and management,” notes Grant Osman, partnership development manager for the center. “Our training offers an introduction to lean manufacturing and provides a blueprint for how Lean and all of its tools can be implemented in production operations.”

Lean manufacturing was first developed in the automotive industry and has been implemented in a host of industries, including manufacturing, medical and retail, to reduce system costs and provide more value to customers.

For more information about the RIT lean certification program, including a calendar of events and program costs, visit www.training.rit.edu/programs.aspx.