Team Building in Manufacturing

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | $99.00  SOLD OUT- CALL FOR FUTURE DATES

Teamwork is recognized as an important aspect of modern manufacturing. It is well known that people working together can accomplish more than individuals working in isolation. This session provides practical methods to help teams become more effective and successful. Once you understand basic team dynamics, you’ll be able to recognize specific areas where teams need help and you’ll have sound methods to help them improve. You’ll also have the opportunity to select key skills that you can practice to improve the team performance.

Register Online

Problem-Solving Training using PDCA, A3 & Root Cause Analysis

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00  SOLD OUT

Join us to learn about the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) problem-solving method . . .  AND problem solving tools: A3, RCA, process mapping, cause & effect diagrams, and others. PLUS hands-on activities, you’ll even practice implementing these newly learned methods and tools in class!

Register Online

Leading & Coaching for Superior Performance

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | $99.00  SOLD OUT- CALL FOR FUTURE DATES

Modern manufacturing practices have required leaders to transition from a traditional style of top-down supervision into leaders who can lead and coach individuals and teams for improved performance. The essence of a successful leader is the person who can make sure that the work gets done while developing individuals and the teams at the same time. In this course, participants will learn effective processes for leading and coaching individuals and teams. Participants will have the opportunity to identify the key skills that they can practice on the job to get the best performance possible from the individuals and teams they lead.

Register Online

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $1,500.00  LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE

This five-day workshop provides the basic skills and knowledge you need to work with the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) found in a typical manufacturing plant. The course begins with a review of relay logic, and then you’ll learn PLC programming, including general logic, timers, counters, and math functions, followed by human-machine interface (HMI) programming. Each session includes one or more hands-on labs where you will practice implementing what you have learned on a self-contained PLC system. PLCs used in this workshop are from Automation Direct, but the basic PLC knowledge and skills you will learn are easily transferable between PLC systems.

Class Dates:  March 15, 22, & 29; April 5 & 12

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  IIot & Industry 4.0

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00 4 SEATS LEFT

In this lunch and learn, Jason Toschlog, the Chief Innovation Officer at Flexware Innovation, will discuss how IIoT and Industry 4.0 are utilizing data to enhance lives and experiences through mass customization, smart products, and smart services. He will also cover the following:

  • The difference between Industry 3.0 and Industry 4.0
  • Real-life technical, applications and anecdotal stories
  • The benefits and challenges of adopting the new technologies


11:30-Noon:  Registration, Lunch, and Session Introduction

Noon-1:00:  IIoT Presentation by Jason Toschlog

1:00-1:30:  Questions and Session Wrap-Up

Lunch Provided by ‘B on the River’

Register Online

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | $99.00

This course will explain the legal framework, examples of potentially illegal actions, important concepts and development and consequences/impact. It will review the fundamental rights and responsibilities and guidelines on effectively responding to sexual harassment in the workplace, with scenarios.

Register Online

ISO 9001: 2015 And  ISO 14001:2015 Internal Auditor Training

Tuesday, March 26 & Wednesday, March 27 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $497.00

In this three-day workshop, you will review the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards as well as internal auditing principles, techniques, and reporting. The knowledge learned in Day 2 can be applied towards either management system.

Please bring copies of the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards with you to class.

Class Dates:  March 26, 27, & 28

Register Online

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training

Tuesday, March 26 & Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $398.00

Register Online

Project Management 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Project management, with its many tools, techniques, and activities, can be intimidating and complex. In this workshop, you’ll learn project management basics and gain a solid foundation to (or continue to) build your project management skills. Topics covered: project life cycle; key tasks and tools for project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling; and keys to project success. You’ll also have an opportunity to assess your project management skills as well as practice using key project management tools.

Register Online

Standard Work/Error Proofing

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00

This is a combination of our 4-hour Standard Work and 4-hour Error Proofing courses delivered in the same day.

Standard Work

The documentation and application of best practices to allow production operations to be performed the same way each time. In our half-day program we’ll talk about takt time (the time needed to produce a product at a rate equal to the pace of sales); standard work sequence (the order in which a worker performs tasks) and standard in-process inventory (minimum number of parts required to keep a process moving.)

Error Proofing

In order to produce zero defective parts (ideal state), a system needs to be in place to help prevent errors, and increase chances of detection so failure mode occurrences are eliminated. In this overview, we’ll introduce the concept of error proofing and poka yoke, and talk about the types of error-proofing opportunities & categories.

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  Conexus Indiana Intern Program

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00

In 2015, the State of Indiana awarded Conexus Indiana an Innovative Curriculum grant to launch an advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) high school internship program that was fully compliant with state and federal insurance and labor laws. This program uses an industry-driven framework that allows for broad-based implementation across Indiana. Called the “Conexus Interns Program,” the goal of the program is to convert current advanced manufacturing and logistics students to employees or post-secondary students in the AML field.

Register Online

Managing Time & Stress

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | $99.00

Each of us have the same amount of available time in a day, yet some seem to get a lot done while others struggle to accomplish simple tasks. This session will provide a framework you can use to set priorities and use your time more effectively. stress is often related to ineffective time management, but there are many reasons why leaders experience stress. Join us as we share tools for identifying sources of stress and ways to manage personal stress. You’ll also have the opportunity to select the key skills to better manage your available time and control the stress in your life.

Register Online

Introduction to GD & T

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a symbolic language used on engineering drawings to specify features of a part, including the size, shape, form, and orientation. By implementing GD&T, manufacturers can more clearly and precisely define part requirements, improve inspection, gain business flexibility in today’s global economy, and save money.

In this introductory course, participants will gain an awareness of GD&T and the fundamental language of GD&T, interpret basic GD&T drawings, and perform hands-on exercises to practice what they have learned.

Register Online

Statistical Process Control

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

In this class, you will learn how to:

Review measures of central tendency and variability such as mean, median, mode, range, variance, and standard deviation

Explain the differences between common cause variation and special cause variation

Describe the elements of a control chart, including the process location and control limits and how they’re calculated

Explain the difference between control limits and specification limits

Create and interpret I/MR and Xbar & R control charts

Review rules for statistical process control and how to interpret control charts

Identify if special cause variation is present in a control chart

Understand the difference between performance and capability indices

Define process capability and interpret performance and capability values

Calculate PR, Pp, Ppk, CR, Cp, and Cpk

And will be Introduced to control charts and types of control charts.

This class is part of Purdue MEP’s Quality Core Tools Series (SPC, MSA, APQP/FMEA and Control Plans/PPAP) which helps you navigate requirements from IATF 16949 (final series test and Purdue University Certificate of

Learning included.)

Register Online

Measurement System Analysis

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

In this class you will learn to:

  • Define MSA, describe its purpose and review relevant terminology
  • Describe the importance of traceability to International Standards
  • Determine sources of measurement system variation
  • Review general concepts for assessing measurement systems
  • Describe methods to do Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility – Range, Average & Range, ANOVA
  • Explain how to interpret Gage R&R results
  • Complete a Gage R&R analysis
  • Demonstrate the use of calipers and micrometers
  • Explain the purpose of  gage blocks, attribute gages, and other measurement tools used in manufacturing
  • Explain the purpose of  validation and calibration of measurement tools

*This class is part of Purdue MEP’s Quality Core Tools Series (SPC, MSA, APQP/FMEA and Control Plans/PPAP) which helps you navigate requirements from IATF 16949 (final series test and Purdue University Certificate of Learning included.)

Register Online

Cellular/Flow Manufacturing Training

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 295.00

This hands-on course teaches how to link and balance manufacturing operations to reduce lead times, minimize work-in-progress (WIP) optimize floor space usage and improve productivity. The instructor will lead participants through a proven and reliable methodology for designing and implementing work cells. This training applies to both assembly and machine-based processes.

Register Online

Effective Communication & Listening/ Becoming A Leader

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

In this full day course, new and experienced managers and leaders will develop or improve their leadership knowledge and skills as well as their communication and listening skills.

Effective Communication & Listening:  Organizations today want employees with effective communication skills, or the ability to clearly send and receive messages to and from others. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally as well as how to listen for maximum understanding. You can expect to leave this workshop with a better understanding of your own communication strengths and opportunities as well as practical ideas for improving your own communication.

Becoming A Leader:  Effective leadership is a key component to organizational success. But what does it mean to lead effectively? In this workshop, you’ll learn the keys to effective leadership and assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  New Hire On-boarding

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00

Half of all new employees leave jobs within the first 120 days.
Keeping new employees is a competitive advantage (and increasingly difficult); developing great employees is World-Class. Join us on May 23 as we discuss a process focused on both retention (why employees leave) and world-class new hire development (building great employees, quickly).

Register Online

Advanced Product Quality Planning & Failure Modes and Effect Analysis

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Overview

APQP is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. APQP is commonly used in the automotive industry. In this workshop, you’ll obtain a solid understanding of APQP as described by AIAG by learning about the APQP process as well as tools and activities, including FMEA and control plans.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Overview

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or FMEA, is a structured approach used to identify ways in which a product or process can fail , estimate risk associated with specific causes, and prioritize actions that should be taken to reduce risk. In this workshop, you’ll learn about FMEA as described by AIAG, including the format and content of FMEAs.

Register Online

Pull/Kanban Training

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00

Learn how to control resources in a production process by replacing only what have been consumed. Introduces the principles of Pull Systems/Kanban, applies them in a lifelike simulation, and demonstrates how they can be applied to a variety of manufacturing situations.

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  Training Within Industry

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 11:30 am.m – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00

TWI, the foundation for Continuous Improvement, provides the framework for employees to apply what they learn by leveraging the role of the supervisor to apply the principles of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing on an on-going basis. TWI consists of four standardized programs that help employees quickly adopt
essential skills for job instruction, methods improvement, leading, and health & safety.

Basic Applications of GD & T

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a symbolic language used on engineering drawings to specify features of a part, including the size, shape, form, and orientation. By implementing GD&T, manufacturers can more clearly and precisely define part requirements, improve inspection, gain business flexibility in today’s global economy, and save money.

This course continues to build upon the topics and concepts from the Purdue MEP workshop “An Introduction to GD&T,” which includes the history of GD&T, datums, and basic GD&T symbols. In this course, participants will obtain additional practice recognizing and interpreting basic GD&T on drawings.

Register Online

Control Plan Overview & Production Part  Approval Process (PPAP)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Control Plan Overview

A control plan is a written description of the systems used to minimize process and product variation. In this workshop, you’ll learn about control plans as described by AIAG, including the benefits of control plans, their format and content, and how they relate to APQP.

Production Part Approval Process Overview

Production Part Approval Process, or PPAP, is standardized process that helps manufacturers and suppliers communicate and approve production designs and processes before, during, and after manufacture. It is commonly used in the automotive and aerospace industries. In this workshop, you’ll obtain a solid understanding of PPAP as described by AIAG by learning about the PPAP process and requirements.

This class is part of Purdue MEP’s Quality Core Tools Series (SPC, MSA, APQP/FMEA and Control Plans/PPAP) which helps you navigate requirements from IATF 16949 (final series test and Purdue University Certificate of Learning included.)

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  Video Instruction

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00

New technologies have allowed significant advances in how employees are trained.  In the past we had paper procedures/work instructions residing in binders on a shelf, and then those were improved by digital photographs.

Now operator training can be video work instructions, available on-demand via cell phones, tablets, or computers through wireless internets and intranets. These work instructions include pictures, video, and voice narration, which significantly improve the quality of the training and the effectiveness of the learning experience.

Register Online

Set-Up Reduction/ Quick Changeover

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00

Participants learn the fundamentals of set-up reduction in applying quick-change thinking to any type of setup or industry. This training focuses on attaining quick changeover through the systematic elimination of the internal components of a setup, while streamlining the final procedure. Reductions in set-up time mean you can produce in smaller lots, thereby making a greater variety of products in the same amount of time.

Register Online

Productive Conflict Resolution/ Managing Across Generations

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Productive Conflict Resolution:   Conflict . . . a common problem in any organization that has people. Often, leaders are uncomfortable dealing with conflict because they do not have a process that keeps emotions under control. The good news is that an understanding of conflict, why it occurs, and how to manage it can help you turn a conflict situation into a positive opportunity for improvement.   Participants will have the opportunity to identify the key skills that they can practice to improve their ability to handle conflict in a productive way.

Managing Across Generations:   In the next 10 years, half of the work force will be made up of those identified as the millennial generation. Retiring Baby Boomers will be leaving the leadership ranks with more spaces than the Gen-Xers can fill and the work load will fall on the Gen-Y’s. This workshop explores the general perceived differences between the employees from the different generations in communication, workplace improvement, and employee effectiveness

In this full day course new and experienced managers will learn to:

  • Explain why conflict occurs.
  • Recognize effective and ineffective ways of handling conflict.
  • Apply the correct conflict style to use when in various conflict situations.
  • Apply knowledge of the three stages of conflict to prevent unnecessary escalations.
  • Explain how listening styles can affect conflict resolution.
  • List best practices for mediating and directly confronting employees.
  • Understand the characteristics of the Veterans/Traditionalist, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y
  • Explore employee motivation throughout the generations
  • Provide tips on working effectively with the Millennial Generation

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  Cyber Security Awareness

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | $15.00

As a result of the rising threat of criminal cyber-attacks, the risk landscape that faces small-to-medium business has fundamentally changed.  Whether you conduct business with DoD or strictly commercial entities, good cyber-health is an imperative to business survival.
In this session, we will review the crisis that faces our nation in the form of cyber-theft of small business intellectual property (IP) and loss of defense technical advantage, describe the contracting actions that DoD has taken to attempt to counter the cyber security challenge, and discuss actions that can be taken by small business to improve their cyber-health without spending a “ton” of money.

Risk Management

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Learn about common risks facing manufacturers and the methods and tools for mitigating and managing risks.

Register Online

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Training

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00

Learn about Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and how it relates to capacity. Apply TPM principles and techniques to equipment in a hands-on simulation and experience how applying TPM can achieve dramatic improvements in uptime and increased capacity.

Register Online

Lunch & Learn:  Business Case for Sustainability

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm.m | $15.00

Are you hearing more talk of sustainability and wondering what it’s all about? Learn more about what it is, why the most profitable companies are starting to focus in on this area, and see real project results from right here in Indiana.

Register Online

Supplier Quality Management

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Learn the benefits of having a formal system for selecting, developing, monitoring and evaluating suppliers as well as the associated requirements from ISO 9001 and IATF 16949. Gain hands-on practice developing your supplier quality management plan.

Register Online

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $295.00

In this course, you will learn how to create a value stream map (VSM) of current-state and future-state processes. Value stream mapping is a lean technique that allows you to document, analyze, and improve the events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. This technique helps the manufacturer understand the total flow of the value stream, see the sources of waste, determine common language about the process, show links between information and processes, develop an improvement plan, and prioritize activities. Through creation of a VSM, you will learn how to eliminate the waste in the system and achieve dramatic improvements to your processes.

Register Online

Supplier Auditing

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Learn techniques and strategies for auditing suppliers to requirements. You’ll also develop a tool for auditing suppliers and develop a supplier scoring system.

Register Online

Basic Contract Negotiations

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Learn techniques and tactics to become a more effective, successful, and collaborative negotiator.

Register Online

Print Friendly, PDF & Email