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Design of Experiments: Applications and Basic Principles
184 PowerPoint slides (including Notes pages for handouts) $85.00. 2.1 megabytes
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This day-long Design of Experiments workshop is designed primarily for manufacturing engineers, managers, and technicians. There are no statistics prerequisites; the material assumes knowledge of freshman college mathematics only. This overview covers material that participants may encounter in the ASQ certification examination for quality engineering.
The package includes PowerPoint Notes pages for distribution to participants. The license allows the user to make unlimited copies of these pages for use in training activities.
What your participants will learn:
Upon completing this course, your audience will understand:
(1)  Why Design of Experiments is useful for improving processes
(2)   System models, factors, and levels
(3)  The all-important concept of hypothesis testing (which also is the foundation of Statistical Process Control)
(4)   How to plan and design an experiment: randomization, blocking, and replication
(5) How to interpret test statistics
(6) Types of experiments and when they are used
(7) How to analyze residuals to see if the experimental model was valid
(8)  Linear regression
(9)  Nonparametric methods
The course is not a substitute for the kind of in-depth knowledge and problem-solving experience that can only be acquired through college coursework or the equivalent. Since DOE is used far too infrequently in most industrial settings and many (if not most) people don't understand its merits or what the results are telling them, the course will have accomplished its mission if it equips the attendee to at least understand what DOE is, when it is used, and what kind of results it delivers. The material on hypothesis testing should make it far easier for the attendee to succeed in college coursework or self-study of industrial statistics.
  1. Introduction: what is Design of Experiments?
  2. Planning the experiement: randomization, blocking, and replication
  3. Interpreting test statistics (including hypothesis testing)
  4. Types of experiments. One-way Analysis of Variance
  5. Two-factor experiments and interactions
  6. Multi-factor experiements. Factorial designs.
  7. Linear regression
  8. Nonparametric methods

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Lean Enterprise: A Comprehensive Overview
249 PowerPoint slides including outline/contents, four animations (3 motion efficiency, 1 poka-yoke), and backup slides for the animations if the presentation is given from transparencies. $95.00  35.6 megabytes (must be sent by mail)
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This day-long overview of lean enterprise is designed primarily for manufacturing engineers, supervisors, foremen, and shop personnel.
What your participants will learn:
Participants will learn the basic foundation of lean enterprise (recognition and elimination of all forms of waste in the supply chain) as well as its true origin: Henry Ford's automobile plants and their supply chain.
How your audience will use the knowledge:
Upon completing this course, your audience should have learned and internalized the ability to recognize most forms of waste on sight. Participants will no longer take waste (friction, muda) for granted or accept it as a built-in part of the job that they should "live with" or "work around." Front-line production workers should be using the new knowledge to identify waste in their jobs and offer ideas for improvement.
  1. Why Lean Enterprise
  2. Lean Fundamentals
  3. Lean Techniques
  4. Lean Production Control
  5. Supply Chain Management
  6. Lean and ISO 14000
  7. Change Management
ISO 9000: Use it proactively to drive continuous improvement and cost reduction
171 PowerPoint slides (including Notes pages for handouts), $85.00  3.2 megabytes

What your participants will learn:

This 4-5 hour overview of ISO 9000 is designed primarily for manufacturing engineers, supervisors, foremen, and shop personnel. This course goes beyond a mere technical overview of the standard by explaining how its proper use is profitable, and it emphasizes the front-line worker's role in using ISO 9000 to improve the system in which he or she works. This makes ISO 9000 the organization's servant instead of its master, and a money-saver instead of a costly annoyance.

1.      What is ISO 9000?
  o       ISO 9000 is an international standard for quality management systems (QMSs)
  o       ISO 9000 is a moneymaker (as opposed to a costly annoyance) if used properly.
  o       ISO 9000:2000 is process-oriented
2.      The Front-line worker's role in ISO 9000
  o       The organization must empower the front-line worker through appropriate training and infrastructure (e.g. the ISO 9000 hiyari or scare report).
3.      Friction: the Hidden Enemy
  o       This also is known as muda or waste. It is often overlooked because people become used to working around it.
  o       ISO 9000 as a "proactive servant" that eliminates friction, instead of a "reactive master" to which the organization responds only when a required internal or third-party audit finds a problem.
4.      Provisions and Requirements
  o       How it works: "Say what you do, and do what you say."
  o       Document hierarchy
5.      Management Responsibility (ISO 9000:2000 section 5)
6.      Resource Management (6)
7.      Product Realization (7)
8.      Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement (8)

The course includes an in-depth discussion of closed-loop corrective action and closed-loop proactive action.

The Theory of Constraints and Synchronous Flow Manufacturing
186 PowerPoint slides (including Notes pages for handouts) $95.00  3.2 megabytes
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This day-long Theory of Constraints workshop is designed primarily for manufacturing engineers, supervisors, foremen, and managers.
What your participants will learn:
Participants will learn the Theory of Constraints, its performance measurements (Throughput, Inventory, and Operating Expense), and Drum-Buffer-Rope production control. The course also teaches some lean manufacturing techniques for elevating constraint and the vital concept of reducing variation in processing and material transfer times. This is how Henry Ford achieved what The Goal shows to be almost impossible: near-100% utilization of a balanced factory.
The package includes PowerPoint Notes pages for distribution to participants. The license allows the user to make unlimited copies of these pages for use in training activities.
Upon completing this course, your audience will understand:
(1) The Theory of Constraints and the concept of the capacity-constraining resource (CCR)
(2) TOC performance measurements, and also the potentially-dysfunctional effects of traditional cost accounting systems
(3) Drum-Buffer-Rope production control
(4) Techniques for elevating the constraint
(5) Techniques for reducing variation in processing and material transfer times, which allows smaller buffers and possibly higher utilization

  1. The Theory of Constraints
  2. Performance Measurements (throughput, inventory, and operating costs). Deficiencies of traditional cost models. Concept of marginal costs, revenues, and profits
  3. Production Control: synchronous flow manufacturing (SFM). SFM supports lean manufacturing by reducing cycle times and keeping inventory levels low.
  4. Elevating the Constraint: lean manufacturing techniques for constraint elevation. Introduction to the use of linear programming (simplex method) to identify constraints and slack capacity, and to optimize product mixtures for maximum profit.
  5. Variation Reduction (a unique element of this course).  Henry Ford succeeded in running a balanced factory at close to 100 percent capacity through single-unit flow and suppression of variation in processing and material transfer times.
  6. Conclusion: TOC and Your Factory
Acceptance Sampling
172 PowerPoint slides (including Notes pages for handouts), $85.00 1.8 megabytes

What your participants will learn:
This 4-6 hour acceptance sampling course  is designed primarily for quality engineers, managers, technicians, and inspectors. The course teaches not only the operation of ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 (sampling by attributes, formerly MIL-STD 105) and ANSI/ASQ Z1.9 (sampling by variables, formerly MIL-STD 414) but also the principles behind these standards. The need to verify distribution normality for ANSI/ASQ Z1.9 cannot be overemphasized but this is often overlooked in practice.

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  1. (1)Overview of acceptance sampling
    • Limitations of inspections by humans. Self-check systems.
    • Cost of quality and acceptance sampling
    • Random sampling principle
    • ISO 9000 requirements
  2. Operating Characteristic Curve
    • Hypothesis testing: essential concept for acceptance sampling, design of experiments, and statistical process control
    • Operating Characteristic Curve and associated concepts. Average Outgoing Quality (AOQ) and Average Outgoing Quality Limit (AOQL).
    • Average Total Inspection (ATI) and cost breakdown for acceptance sampling plans
  3. Sampling by Attributes
    • ANSI/ASQ Z1.4 and MIL-STD 105
    • Sequential sampling plans
    • Continuous sampling (CSP) plans
    • Zero acceptance number plans
  4. Sampling by Variables
    • ANSI/ASQ Z1.9 and MIL-STD 414
    • Procedures for unknown variation, one- and two-sided specifications
    • Procedure where variation is known
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Root Cause Analysis
275 PowerPoint slides (including Notes pages for handouts), $95.00. about 10.5 megabytes

This one-day workshop is designed for managers, engineers, and front line workers. Copies of the overhead transparencies plus additional notes will be provided.

Problem solving tools are organized as (1) proactive ones that anticipate or prevent problems by designing quality into the product or process, (2) controls that detect problems before they cause defects or scrap, and (3) reactive techniques that are used in response to defects, scrap, and other forms of failure. Many of the latter also apply, however, to proactive improvement projects.

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1.    Organizational and Training Requirements
o    Closed Loop Corrective Action Requirements
o    Training and Knowledge Requirements

2.    Plan-Do-Check-Act
o    All problem solving approaches such as Team Oriented Problem Solving, Eight Disciplines (TOPS 8D), Six Sigma DMAIC, and the Automotive Industry Action Group's Effective Problem Solving are forms of PDCA.

3.    Identification of Problems and Opportunities
o    "Businesses often don't fail because they can't solve a problem, but because they don't know they have a problem." This section covers methods for identifying problems (reactive problem solving) and opportunities (proactive improvement).
o    Cost accounting variances
o    Six Sigma DMAIC
o    Gap analysis (gap between desired performance and current state)
o    Obvious problems such as scrap, rework, and customer returns
o    "Seeing the Waste"
o    Toyota production system waste definitions
o   Cycle time assessment; how does work spend its time?
o    Control surface approach for identification of material and energy waste. "Bill of Products" or "Bill of Outputs"

4.    Project Methodology
o    Error Cause Removal (ECR) or hiyari ("scare report")
o    TOPS-8D (Ford)
o    Effective Problem Solving (AIAG)
o    Toyota A3
o    Six Sigma DMAIC

5.    Proactive Techniques
o    Benchmarking
o    Quality Function Deployment (QFD) or House of Quality
o    Design for Manufacture
o    Design for Six Sigma
o    Group Technology
o    Taguchi Robust Design (mathematical details may be omitted without loss of continuity for non-technical audiences)
o    Process Flowchart and Value Stream Analysis
o    Kaizen Blitz
o    Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA)
o    Control Plan
o    Fault Tree Analysis

6.    Controls
o    Visual Controls
o    Error Proofing
o    Self-Check Systems
o    Statistical Process Control
o    PRE-Control

7.    Reactive Techniques
o    Containment
o    Cause and Effect Diagram
o    Brainstorming
o    Five Whys
o    Is/Is Not (Stratification) Analysis
o    Check Sheet or Tally Sheet
o    Histogram
o    Pareto Chart
o    Paynter Chart
o    Concentration Diagram or "Measles Chart"
o    Multi-Vari Chart

8.    Putting it All Together: Summary

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Interactive Software

Statistical Process Control Chart Simulator (more details here) $50.00
This interactive training program is designed to teach production workers how to read and interpret statistical process control (SPC) charts in an hour or even less. It achieves this through animated figures that relate something familiar (like a target) to the control charts. It also incorporates an animated histogram (like the popular quincunx classroom tool) that shows the distribution as it is being simulated.
Visual Basic program (setup.exe with .CAB file) on CD-ROM. Can also be delivered by download or even E-mail if necessary. Licensing and disk guarantee are the same as for the PowerPoint presentations. $50.00 (includes shipping and handling within the U.S.)
Download the instruction file (1 megabyte, Word document) for free

Chemical Engineering Review Course (Principles and Practice) from
 MGI (SmartPros LTD) offers correspondence study courses for all four major branches of the P.E. exam. MGI carries the P.E. Readiness (R) series for Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. We provided the Chemical Engineering review materials (Levinson, 1995, P.E. Readiness (R): Chemical Engineering Exam Preparation).  This page has more information as well as some helpful things to remember when taking the exam.
Free Downloads (PowerPoint for Windows XP)
Licensing and Terms of use: Permission is given to download and use these presentations, provided that no changes are made in them and that they are  not shown for a fee (other than a usual dinner meeting fee for, as an example, a monthly ASQ, APICS, or SME meeting). In addition, clip art in the presentations is generally licensed for use in a presentation or book but not for redistribution as clip art. This means you can show the PowerPoint slide or print and distribute hard copies of the slide that contains it but you cannot copy the image and use it by itself. You may make and distribute unlimited copies of the notes pages as long as no changes are made.
Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprise
Lean Enterprise: Made in the USA
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Presentation for Boeing lean manufacturing conference (April 8-9) and APICS meeting (May 2003). It shows the American origins of the lean enterprise, including contributions by Benjamin Franklin, Frank Gilbreth, Frederick Winslow Taylor, and Henry Ford. Includes three animations that should work if the presentation is given from a laptop PC, and backup slides for presentation from overhead transparencies.
Animation examples
Health Care
Downloadable PowerPoint presentation (about 2Mb) on why insurers, auto makers, Medicare, and Medicaid should require the health care providers with which they do business to register to ISO 9000 (or its IWA-1 counterpart).
Worker Empowerment
Worker Empowerment and The Science of Victory (120Kb)
Presentation for the Northeast PA section of APICS, March 9 2005
The famous Russian marshal Aleksandr V. Suvorov insisted that soldiers exercise judgment, initiative, and self-directed teamwork in an era when they were expected to behave like robots and do only what they were told— a philosophy embraced by Frederick the Great, of whom Suvorov would have doubtlessly made mincemeat. Suvorov also participated in training recruits instead of delegating this job to noncommissioned officers. Today, upper management's personal participation in employee training (or any other initiative) shows everyone in the organization that the activity is not just another program-of-the-month.

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Free Downloads: Visual Basic Programs
Licensing and Terms of use: Permission is given to download these programs, provided that no changes are made in them and that they are  not shown for a fee (other than a usual dinner meeting fee for, as an example, a monthly ASQ, APICS, or SME meeting). Your sole remedy for dissatisfaction with this program is a full refund of the purchase price. :-)
Download the indicated files (right-click and select "save link target as" in Netscape Communicator), install them in the desired directory, and run setup.exe.

Theory of Constraints matchsticks-and-dice simulation

UPDATED September 18 2005 using Visual Basic Service Pack 6
Multiple Attribute Control Chart (Excel Spreadsheet, 25Kb)
  • Levinson, W. A. "Multiple Attribute Control Charts," Quality, December 1994.
  • Levinson,  "Control Charts Control Multiple Attributes," Quality, September 2004

NEW (February 2, 2010)
Free Visual Basic recurring desktop alarm. We developed this program because of numerous reports that suggest that long periods of sitting (e.g. at a computer) are unhealthy. It sounds a recurring alarm to remind the user to stand, stretch, and/or walk around. Download
and run setup.exe. The files were checked for viruses with Frisk F-Prot immediately prior to upload; as with any executable file, we recommend a virus check at the user end prior to installation.

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Lean Manufacturing Bumper Sticker (10" by 3") $3.99
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Coffee Mug: "The Boss" figure created with Poser 5 and Gothic Armor for Don from Valendar (click here for his Renderosity online store).
Quote from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: "I could make anything a body wanted... and if there wasn't any quick new-fangled way to make a thing, I could invent one."
Lean Manufacturing/ Yankee Ingenuity Coffee Mug $12.99
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Wall Clock for the Theory of Constraints $13.99
Theory of Constraints Wall ClockBenjamin Franklin and Henry Ford (who cited Franklin as an influence on his thinking) remind your visitors that time lost at the constraint is lost forever. The Franklin quote is from The Way to Wealth and the Ford quote is from Ford Ideals (1922, in the public domain due to age).
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Stop swatting flies and go after the manure pileIt is a basic lean manufacturing principle that enormous waste hides in plain sight. Nothing is done about it because people can "live with" and "work around." Let  General Curtis LeMay remind your employees not to live with the same problems and inefficiencies every day. (3" by 5" sticker, $3.49)

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