Richard Andrews to Instruct Lean Workshops in White Oak and Kilgore

KCSBDC
June 06, 2012
KCSBDC

The Kilgore College SBDC will be partnering with the White Oak and Kilgore Economic Development Corporations once again to host two new workshops in their respective cities. 

"Lean Thinking & 5S: Workplace Organization and Standardization" will be held Thursday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch provided at the Jim Nall Training Center, 100 Church St., White Oak.  5S is an excellent tool for a company to start their Lean implementation.  It is a process and method for creating an organized, clean, high performance workplace, and prepares the operation for quality and productivity.  5S ensures work areas are systematically kept clean and organized, ensuring employee safety and providing a foundation on which to build a Lean Enterprise.  5S provides a structure and steps for workplace organization, order and cleanliness.   A cross functional team is assembled and a target area chosen.  Team members from the area are key in making this project a success.  5S can be used throughout the organization, both plant and office.This is accomplished by:

  • Putting a team of workers in control of their own workspace
  • Helping a team focus on the causes and elimination of waste
  • Establishing standards of visual communication, housekeeping and storage
  • Preparing the work area for Lean implementation
  • Improving employee morale by making the area safe, clean and enjoyable in which to work

How to Create and Sustain a Lean Culture"  will be held Friday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch provided at the Synergy Park Training Facility, 1001 Synergy Blvd., Kilgore.  Learn when and how to implement Lean systems and how to create and sustain a Lean culture.  5S is an excellent tool for a company to start their Lean implementation.  5S is a process and method for creating an organized, clean, high performance workplace, and prepares the operation for quality and productivity. Implementing Lean systems is deceptively simple, but it is tougher than it seems.  The first issue that comes to mind is leadership.  Leaders play a critical role in changing the thinking of the members of the organization so Lean can take root and grow.  However, this can be done only by leaders, it cannot be delegated.

Both workshops will be led by Richard Andrews, a senior executive with over 45 years of experience in industry.  He is active in business consulting and serves on the board of directors of several corporations.  Andrews was president of STEMCO from 1998 until May 2007.  Under his direction, STEMCO experienced a period of continuous growth in sales and earnings while improving its facilities and investing in new product innovation.