Lean Manufacturing and Training: A Look at “Training Within Industry”

twiOur customers are very interested in being more efficient. That’s why they come to us looking for help with their training programs. But of course training isn’t the only solution they look at to increase efficiency. As a result, many are interested in lean manufacturing principles, and so we’ve recently been running a series of articles on some basic lean concepts. For example, we’ve had articles introducing 5s/lean 6s, kaizen, and kaizen events, and we’ve even listed some ways you can use these lean tools to create a safer workplace.

In this article, we’re going to look at another aspect of lean manufacturing–Training Within Industry (TWI). Training Within Industry is the lean approach to training, has been used by Toyota and other manufacturers throughout the world for decades, and still has valuable lessons that can be put to use in training today.

If you’re familiar with lean manufacturing but not with Training Within Industry, you may find this an interesting addition to the knowledge base. Plus something you can use to improve training at your workplace. If you’re familiar with modern instructional design or training theory, you’ll probably notice some interesting connections with TWI. For example, note the similarity between an ID’s task analysis and the TWI job breakdown, or note the similarity between Mayer’s multimedia principle and TWI’s take on showing and telling in training.

The information below is based on our recent reading of Training Within Industry: The Foundation of Lean by Donald A. Dinero (Productivity Press, 2005). The book is a great resource and a recommended read, so definitely consider checking it out. Our copy came with a CD-ROM that included all the TWI bullets issued by the United States War Department in the 1940s (read on to learn how that’s connected) as well. The book was a 2006 Shingo Prize Research Recipient and does a nice job of giving the history of TWI and explaining what it is and how to use it. If this article intrigues you, we highly recommend you purchase the book as well.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider, primarily for companies in manufacturing and industry. We have many libraries of e-learning courses, including courses on operations and maintenance, safety, and a series of learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes and industries. We also make solutions for contractor/visitor orientations and can create custom training materials specifically for you. Contact us to ask some questions, find out more, and set up a demo.

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Twelve Tools for a Safer Workplace

We all want a safer workplace, but we’re not always sure how to get there.

Fortunately, there are lots of good ideas and lots of places to find them. You can do worse than checking out OSHA, NIOSH, and MSHA, for example. There are professional safety organizations, such as the National Safety Council (NSC) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). There are plenty of good EHS journals, including EHS Today, Occupational Health & Safety, and Industrial Safety and Hygiene News.

And there are lots of good blogs that cover important occupational health and safety information as well. We would like to think that the Convergence Training blog is one of them, with our blend of safety news, tips, tools, free e-learning courses and checklists, and safety training information.

In this article, we’re going to consolidate a few topics we’ve written about in earlier posts, presenting twelve solid tools you can use to make your workplace safer. Of course, these aren’t the only tools out there, and we encourage you to check out those links above and/or dig into your own safety toolbox too. And please leave some ideas in the comments section below if you have time.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We have a large library of EHS e-learning courses and mining safety e-learning courses, offer several learning management systems (LMSs), and create custom safety training content as well. Contact us to learn more and set up a demo.

 

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A Look Into The Future of Manufacturing Training: an Interview with Fred Foster

Recently, Fred Foster, owner of Technical Training Professionals, and fellow 3D-animated training proponent, sat down with us to discuss the finer points of using computer-based courses for technical training, and give us his perspective on the future of manufacturing training.

How long have you been involved in manufacturing training?

I’ve been in this business for fifteen years. I formed my company, Technical Training Professionals, in 2003, but I had worked for other companies before then.

And what’s your approach to training?

Visual presentation of technical information is our focus. Whether it’s explaining design, Flow paths, troubleshooting — you just can’t beat 3D imaging for presenting that material. With 3D animations we can relay technical subjects ten times faster and make it much more interesting to the people in today’s workforce.
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4 Good Books about Training We’ve Read Lately

We thought we’d pull together a list of a few good books about training or instructional design that we’ve read lately.

If you’ve read any of these, it would be great to hear your thoughts on them. If not, you might want to check one or two out.

Of course, you’re invite to use the comments section below to give us some additional book suggestions as well–we’re always looking for good ones.

And if you’re wondering what’s next on our reading list, it’s this book about “lean” training: Training Within Industry: The Foundation of Lean.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We have many libraries of e-learning courses, including courses related to health and safety training, to general manufacturing training needs, and more. We also offer a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to help you assign, deliver, track, credit, and report on training of any type (not just e-learning courses). Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

 

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Improving Workplace Safety with Lean Manufacturing Principles

lean+safetyA lot of people are familiar with the lean manufacturing method known as 5S. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a method for straightening and organizing a workplace. Like all lean manufacturing concepts, it’s intended to create efficiency.

But of course, a more organized, clutter-free work area also improves safety. This is well known and I’m saying nothing new. Whether you use 5S or not, I’m sure that housekeeping is a big part of your safety training and your safety program in general.

In addition to 5S, you can use other lean concepts to improve safety at the workplace as well. And again, even if you’re not using the “lean” name for each, you may be doing something similar already. Or, if you’re not, maybe now’s a time for you to add a wrinkle or two to your current approach.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at 5S and other ideas to investigate improving workplace safety with lean manufacturing tips.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We have many libraries of e-learning courses, including courses related to health and safety training, to general manufacturing training needs, and more. We also offer a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to help you assign, deliver, track, credit, and report on training of any type (not just e-learning courses). Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

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MSHA Part 46 Training Requirements for Contractors

msha-for-contractorsWhen a contractor is working at a surface mine, it brings up a lot of questions regarding the MSHA Part 46 training requirements for contractors. For example, who’s responsible for what in terms of providing the MSHA Part 46 safety training? And, of course, there are questions about the type of training the contractor needs to receive, who pays, etc.

If you don’t know all the ins and outs of this issue now, you will by the time you finish this article. So let’s get started with this overview of MSHA Part 46 training for contract employees.

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Tips for Effective Safety Training


We’re all in favor of safety training.

But even better, we’re in favor of EFFECTIVE safety training. Safety training that employees learn from. Safety training that causes them to perform more safe actions at work and fewer (or better–no) unsafe actions. Safety training that drives down our number of accidents, injuries, illnesses, near-misses, and property damage. Maybe all the way to zero.

That’s the kind of effective safety training we’re all in favor of.

But effective safety training doesn’t just happen. It comes from a focused, concerted effort that involves lots of know-how and planning. In this article, we’re going to look at some things you can do to make your safety training more effective, and as a result make your workplace safer.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with many libraries of e-learning courses, including a large library of health and safety e-learning courses. We also provide a variety of learning management systems (LMSs) so you can manage all types of training (not just e-learning, but classroom, task-based, on-the-job, etc.). Contact us to set up a demo or to learn more.

 

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How to Develop an Effective Paper Manufacturing Training Program

succesful-paper-trainingWe work closely with customers in the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated industries. In fact, that’s where we started–partnering with a local paper mill to create a learning management system (LMS) to deliver training online and track its completion. From there, we quickly began creating e-learning courses for the same industries, covering papermaking processes, EHS topics, and more.
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Online MSHA Part 46 Training Compliance: The Ultimate Guide

msha-online-compliance2A lot of people wonder how they might be able to use online  tools and courses for MSHA Part 46 training. Or, they wonder if they CAN use online learning as one part within their Part 46 training.

Those are questions we’re going to answer in this article. Even better, we’re going to provide a free downloadable guide at the end of this article that you goes into a ton of detail about how you can use online training as part of your MSHA Part 46 solution.

If you’re not familiar with MSHA Part 46, or if you need a refresher, here’s a helpful What is MSHA Part 46? article.

Otherwise, continue on to learn more about online MSHA Part 46 training.

Convergence Training is a training company that provides training solutions, including LMSs and e-learning courses, for mine safety, other safety and health topics, and much more. Check out our web page or contact us with questions or to set up a demo.

 

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