- In its six years of existence, The Lean Enterprise Center at The
University of Southern Mississippi has helped companies across the
South create value and eliminate waste in their manufacturing and
Lean Enterprise Center, now based at Southern Miss on the Gulf Coast,
focuses on training and project management through the "train-and-do"
seen an overwhelming need for Lean training among the companies
we have worked with, and there continues to be a tremendous market
for our services," said Lean Enterprise Center instructor Scott
Miller. "We have provided valuable Lean Manufacturing training
for these companies and they have realized important benefits as
developed by Toyota and now used throughout the world, Lean Manufacturing
is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through
continuous improvement by flowing the product at the pull of the
customer. It is a proven methodology for analyzing and improving
the flow of information and materials in a manufacturing environment,
resulting in a dramatic increase in customer satisfaction, employee
involvement and company profitability.
The term "Lean"
is very apt because in Lean Manufacturing, the emphasis is to cut
the "fat" or waste in the manufacturing process. Waste
is defined as anything that does not add value for the customer.
tools and techniques such as set-up reduction, cellular design and
value stream mapping are introduced to the workforce and then applied
in a "kaizen" event. Kaizen, which means "continuous
improvement," are intensive and focused facilitation events
that incorporate continuous improvement methodology in the Lean
Manufacturing process. The Lean Enterprise Center at Southern Miss
offers both one and half-day workshops.
was one of the lessons of the workshop and we learned it well,"
said Jenny Cantrell, project coordinator at ITT Industries in Amory.
"We will use all the Lean Manufacturing concepts and techniques
in the future in determining how to set up our operation and eliminate
waste and steps in the process. We want to take Lean's message to
all our employees. It showed us what kind of impact you can have
on your company's profits."
Lean Enterprise Center is self-sustainable. All training from the
center is fee-based and no grant or state money is used.
The Lean Enterprise
Center works with most segments of industry, including shipbuilding,
furniture, automotive, processing and health care. Current clientele
include Northrop Grumman, Baxter Healthcare, Parker Hannifan, Franklin,
Cooper Tire and Toro.
is to help companies make their operations more efficient and in
the process, improve their product and their service to their customers,"
said Lean Enterprise Center instructor Scott Alsobrooks. "There
is a great deal to be gained from learning Lean manufacturing concepts
and we are proud to be able to provide this training to the companies
in our region."