Your people are your most important resource.  We provide workshops to enhance productivity and develop new skills.  To help you grow your company, a series of workshops covering critical aspects of product design and development are offered.  Once you have a product, it is important to run your business efficiently.  Lean six sigma can help you to identify aspects of your operation that drain your profits and techniques for rectification. These workshops can be taken in order or as needed to enhance knowledge and sharpen skills in specific areas. 

Workshops are offered periodically throughout the year at designated times.  They are one day long and include presentation of information by a professional educator, group activities, snacks and lunch. Customized onsite workshops are also available for larger groups.


Product Design & development Workshops 

Fundamentals of Product Design and Development 

Everyone involved with the introduction of a new product would benefit from understanding the fundamental engineering and business principles needed for a successful product launch.  This workshop is ideal for design engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, technicians, product mangers, buyers, sales, project managers, and production managers.

Innovative concept Generation

The first major step in new product development is the generation of a design concept.  80% of the final cost of a product is determined in the design stage and mostly during concept development.  In this workshop you will learn techniques to enhance innovation, explore customer needs, understand design space, and develop conceptual designs.

Concept Evaluation, Selection, and testing

Effective conceptual design will usually result in multiple good product design options.  Taking time to evaluate these options and making initial good decisions can results in a better performing and lower cost final product.  In this workshop you will learn how to develop concept evaluation criteria, create a concept scoring matrix, and combine aspects of multiple concepts to develop an enhanced product design.  Finally, you will learn ways to test your concept for market acceptance.

design for Manufacturing

The methods used to manufacture a product have a great impact on the product price.  To attain low manufacturing costs, the design of each component must be optimized for the process used for its production. Using design for manufacturing principles will improve product quality while simultaneously reducing product cost. In this workshop you will learn the principles of design for manufacturing and design for assembly. These principles can be utilized to improve conceptual design, detailed designs, and manufacturing processes after production has begun.

Rapid Prototyping

Creating a prototype is an effective way to communicate the design idea and to evaluate product performance. Prototypes are usually produced using different methods than those planned for final production. We will discuss when to use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and when custom parts are better. You will learn about various methods used to create prototype components including 3D printing, laser cutting, machining, casting, and sheetmetal forming.  Finally, you will learn how to estimate the cost of a prototype and identify resources to help you produce one. 

Robust design

Some designs perform well in laboratory tests, but actual performance is lower when used by customers.  Robust designs maintain product performance even in the presence of the varying  conditions common in normal use.  We will discuss how control factors and noise factors effect product performance.  You will learn how to identify these factors, define performance metrics, develop objective functions, design experiments (including Taguchi orthogonal arrays), analyze the results, and set robust design characteristics.  These skills will help you to design products that are insensitive to varying input parameters.

Lean Six Sigma Workshops 

Lean Thinking

This is the first in a series of modules on Lean Six Sigma. Lean thinking is a very powerful concept that can be easily learned. This short course will introduce you to Lean Six Sigma, present the fundamental principles of lean thinking, and present three lean thinking techniques that can be immediately applied to improve processes. The introductory nature of this workshop makes it ideal for design engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, technicians, product managers, buyers, sales, project managers, and production managers.

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a powerful lean technique that is used to describe your current process and identify opportunities for improvement.  You will learn how to create a VSM, understand the strength of using a visual process depiction, and learn how to collect data for proper analysis.  We will use of tack time, just-in-time, single piece flow, and Kanban and other lean principles to  characterize the VSM and develop plans for implementing improvements. 

DMAIC – Systematic Problem Solving

DMAIC is a systematic method utilized in 6 sigma problem solving.  It is a powerful tool used to improve process and maintain these improvements over time.  This module will teach you how to apply DMAIC and the benefits of its use.  Six Sigma was originally developed to improve manufacturing processes and product design (DFSS).  However, the strengths of this systematic problem solving method has made the application of DMAIC common in many other aspects of business such as human resources management, accounting, purchasing, sales, and general management.

Design for Six Sigma: Part #1

The design stage of product develop is a critical time and you want to do it right the first time.  The quality of your product and 80% of its cost are determined during this stage.  In the design for six sigma (DFSS) workshops you will learn how to design quality into your product minimizing or even eliminating scrap, rework, warranty repairs, and product recalls.   Part one of design for six sigma will focus on understanding variability in product design and it impact on quality and overall cost. This module will teach you why variability exists, how it can be characterized, methods to account for the interaction of multiple components, and evaluation of process capability.

Design for Six Sigma: Part #2

Part two of design for six sigma will include an interactive tutorial where you will learn how to apply design for six sigma.  Learning by doing is an effective method for learning this more powerful technique.  While some workshops in the series can be take out of order or skipped if the individual has enough background in the topic, Part #1 of DFSS should be taken before Part #2.