It’s going to be quite a week for the manufacturing sector in South Carolina at the end of October. The SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo comes to the coast for the first time in years, this time at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Presented by SC Business, the folks behind the Charleston Regional Business Journaland other business newspapers and ventures, the conference is one of the largest in the Southeast for the industry, with 300 vendor booths and 2,500 attendees expected.
Even if you’re not headed to the conference, the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is providing a pair of workshops just prior to the conference at the Lowcountry Graduate Center that are designed for individuals in the manufacturing sector.
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training
On October 28, SCMEP presents Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training. The all-day workshop prepares those who have completed white belt training to understand and use basic measuring tools, gather accurate data and navigate through the problem-solving process.
Go Lean Six Sigma says this training provides a competitive advantage in the following ways:
- Streamlining processes that deliver improved customer experience and increased loyalty
- Developing more efficient process flows that drive better bottom-line results
- Switching from defect detectionto defect prevention,reducing waste
- Standardizing processes that increases the ability to pivot to everyday challenges
- Decreasing lead times to increase capacity and profitability
- Improving morale by engaging employees in a productive team effort
LeanSixSigmaisa combination of two process improvement methods: Leanand SixSigma. SixSigmaisa method of efficient problem-solving that reduces defects in manufacturing, leading to increased revenue and greater customer satisfaction. It is based on the “Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control” method (DMAIC).
Lean is a similar discipline based on the “Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust” method to achieve continuous quality improvement.
How It Helps, How to Register
SCMEP says the course “equips you to be a valuable member of a process improvement team with an overview of lean concepts and basic statistics,” while providing explanations of the DMAIC steps and purpose.
The one-day training is an express version of lean six sigma that will have students completely immersed in the subject matter.
Brian Kuney, regional vice president for SCMEP, says students in the yellow belt class will have a foundation to then go on for green belt training and beyond. The course is taught by subject experts at SCMEP. For information or to sign up, visit the SCMEP website.
The Lowcountry Graduate Center houses the regional headquarters for SCMEP serving the entire Lowcountry. Funded jointly by the U.S. and S.C. Departments of Commerce, it is the brainchild of Senator Fritz Hollings, providing training and education to enable small to medium size manufacturers to be fully competitive in the global marketplace.