Biotility: The Foundations of Lean Manufacturing

This course covers lean manufacturing as a production process based on an ideology of maximizing productivity while simultaneously minimizing waste within a manufacturing operation.

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About this Course

The core principle of implementing lean manufacturing is to continually improve processes by reducing all manners of waste. By applying these strategies, course participants will realize sustained value through the cost savings of organizational efficiency. The types of waste include processes, activities, products or services that require time, money or skills but do not create value for the customer. These can cover underused talent, excess inventories, or ineffective or wasteful processes and procedures. Removing these inefficiencies should streamline services, reduce costs and ultimately provide savings for a specific product or service through the supply chain to the customer.

This course covers the foundations of lean manufacturing and provides techniques to enhance lean production. It covers the definitions and core principles, tools and techniques, and gives a roadmap to lean manufacturing implementation.

Note: This Biotility at the University of Florida course is offered by CITI Program. See FAQs for more information.

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Bioscience and Biopharmaceutical Professionals, Individuals working in document, facility management, materials, and inventory control, Preclinical and Clinical Research Professionals, Quality Control/Quality Management Professionals

Organizational Subscription Price: $675 per year/per site for government and non-profit organizations; $750 per year/per site for for-profit organizations
Independent Learner Price: $124.76 per person

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Course Content

Module 1

This course's first module describes the historical roots of lean manufacturing principles. It discusses why the five central lean principles can improve a manufacturing environment. The module identifies supporting techniques that can improve the quality of processes, production, and problem-solving in lean manufacturing.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21211 (English)
Author(s): Wayne Hamm, MA - Biotility at the University of Florida

Module 2

The second module of this course summarizes lean manufacturing and its principles, illustrates the use of various lean tools and techniques, and reviews their associated benefits. It discusses why lean production theories and topics support the overall optimization of manufacturing processes.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21212 (English)
Author(s): Wayne Hamm, MA - Biotility at the University of Florida

Module 3

This course's final module describes potential steps in a roadmap to implement lean manufacturing. It recognizes why companies of all sizes may implement lean manufacturing techniques and discusses how to apply the appropriate lean manufacturing techniques to your company.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 21213 (English)
Author(s): Wayne Hamm, MA - Biotility at the University of Florida


Who should take the Foundations of Lean Manufacturing course?

The Biotility: Foundations of Lean Manufacturing course is tailored to biotech industry service providers and personnel involved in the manufacture, testing, packaging, labeling, and/or holding of dietary supplements. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Personnel working in Production/Manufacturing
  • Personnel working in Packaging/Labeling
  • Technicians and Specialists working in Quality departments (Quality Assurance/Quality Control)
  • Management
  • Suppliers and Distributors

What are the benefits of this course?

This Biotility: Foundations of Lean Manufacturing demonstrates how to create an organized and safe workspace that exposes waste and makes it easy to identify problems or abnormalities as they occur. Learners will gain understanding in how to implement this foundational methodology in their own organization, creating a solid foundation for continuous improvement and taking the first step to adopting a comprehensive Lean strategy.

How long will the course take to complete?

The Biotility: Foundations of Lean Manufacturing course consists of three modules. Completion of all modules, as well as the corresponding quizzes should take 90 to 140 minutes (one and one-half to two and one-quarter hours).

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