Lean Discovery – From Today to Tomorrow

Thu 30 May 2019 – Fri 31 May 2019
£100 – £400


Vinson Building
Hunter Street
Buckingham, MK18 1EG


Buckingham Lean Enterprise Unit (BLEU)

1.5-day course with Michel Baudin

What does the future of Lean and manufacturing look like? What lessons can we take from today and how can we future-proof our lean journey? How will work change and how can we re-think the human/machine interface? As we accelerate to an ever-changing Lean future this short course is an essential launch pad.

Michel Baudin is a world-renowned Lean expert. His distinctive career journey and background give him a unique viewpoint on Lean. Trained in engineering and applied maths, he experienced lean production in the early 1980s and later apprenticed under master Japanese consultant Kei Abe for eight years, starting his own group in 1996. He has lived and worked in many countries across the world including 4 years in Japan. This varied experience gives him a unique insight into the varying cultural and technical nuances of lean around the world. He has been consulting, teaching and writing since 1987 and his lean blog is a must-read for anyone with a real interest in Lean.

This course is aimed at:

  • Lean champions, facilitators and consultants
  • Managers, leaders and professionals who are serious about:
    • Successful and sustained continuous improvement
    • The future of Lean in an ever-changing world
    •  The changing structure of work and integration of machines
    •  Error-proofing of the human/machine interface
    •  The optimisation of processes through smart use of data

Course content

Day 1

Lean Assembly and Logistics

Do your products move through assembly in “hurry up and wait” mode? Do operators spend more time handling than assembling? Do they sometimes mount the wrong parts? Does your line layout prevent them from helping each other? Whether you are improving existing lines or designing new ones, this course gives you ideas, techniques and tools — based on Lean principles — to remedy these and other dysfunctions affecting your profits.

Working with Machines

Excellence at working with machines is key to manufacturing in advanced economies. Most successful manufacturing processes in advanced economies are neither fully manual nor fully automatic. Instead, they involve interactions between small numbers of skilled operators and machines that account for the bulk of the costs. We start from the human interfaces of individual machines to the linking of machines into cells, the management of monuments and common services, automation, maintenance, and production control. This course combines the concepts learned from Toyota with the usability engineering developed by researchers like Don Norman and Asaf Degani.

Day 2

How Industry 4.0 contributes to Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing is the pursuit of concurrent improvement in all dimensions of manufacturing performance through actions affecting both the shop floor and the support structure. There are powerful tools available that provide an edge to competitors who master them.

Industry 4.0 endeavours to make the latest developments in control, communication, and information technology useful in manufacturing, from sensors and actuators on production equipment to high-level analytics applied to both engineering and management.

This course shows how Industry 4.0 is an enabler. It is a means to support Lean Manufacturing and not an end in itself.


Full information about the course will be sent alongside your booking confirmation. 50% discount available when you book before 5.00pm on Tuesday 21 May 2019. 



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