TRAINING & EDUCATION:
Executive Focused Seminars and Short Courses

The Plastics Institute of America, Inc. and the UMass Lowell's Division of Continuing Education are jointly sponsoring the following series of seminars. These seminars are designed for plastics executives and executives from related industries who deal with administrative and business issues in the areas of new technologies.

Seminar Topics:


 
QS 9000: Understanding & Implementing Third Edition Changes
   Duration: 1 Day

Overview
To enhance customer satisfaction and add value to the bottom line, American automotive companies use the quality improvement process known as QS9000. Seminar participants will explore the skills needed to advocate and explain intent and benefits, to implement the policies and procedures and to undertake a registration audit QS9000 in their companies.

Instructor
This lecture/workshop will be conducted in conjunction with the Merrimack Valley Manufacturing Partnership technical processing staff.

Maximizing Your Manufacturing Facility Plant Layout to Meet Growing Market Needs    Duration: 2 Days (lecture)

Overview
The seminar will cover generating an existing site plan of your manufacturing facility, including how to analyze internal manufacturing product flow. Exercises will provide you with an introduction to getting maximum utilization from your existing Manufacturing Facility and will help you develop a traffic flow map for both external and internal material receiving and shipping. AutoCAD is used to build drawings of the resultant plant layout proposal.

Instructor
This lecture/workshop will be conducted by B.R.G. Architects and Gerard Bruno Associates in conjunction with the Merrimack Valley Manufacturing Partnerships technical process staff.

Kaizen: Continuous Shop-Floor Improvement    Duration: 2 Days (lecture)

Overview
This course focuses on a how a company's profitability in the fast-paced global economy is contingent upon its ability to routinely refine its manufacturing processes, rigorously insure the highest levels of quality, and regularly involve shop-floor personnel to accomplish these tasks. World-class companies remain at the top of their game because employees are fully engaged in making improvements in such things as manufacturing cycle times, work in process, flow, quality control and customer relations.

Instructors
Dr. Machael Best, College of Management, Center for Industrial Competitiveness.
Dr. Robert Forrant, College of Management, Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Pull Systems For Process Industries    Duration: 2 Days (lecture/workshop)

Overview
This course addresses the Pull systems concept of taking many parts, creating sub assemblies, and then final assembly by controlling the upstream supplies through the use of visual signals, which has been credited with huge reductions in Work in Progress (WIP) and finished product inventory. Pull systems can efficiently address the rising process industries need to create "on demand" products for customers. To receive the maximum benefit of this seminar for your company, "teams" of 2-4 individuals representing manufacturing, scheduling, sales and finance should attend. Note: Bring a calculator.

Instructors
The instructors for this seminar are drawn from DuPont, Dexter and GE Plastics personnel who have extensive backgrounds in the plastics field.

Activity Based Costing Presentation    Duration: 2 Days (lecture)

Overview
This course will identify the elements associated with undertaking an Activity Based Costing approach in evaluating performance capabilities and associated inherent "risks". This presentation will reach beyond established Activity Based Costing methods to examine inherent underlying "incremental costing" operating challenges "built in" to facility infrastructures that contribute to limiting or interrupting production capacity and throughput.

Instructor
Stone & Webster Management Consulting Group

ISO 14000    Duration: 1 Day

Overview
The seminar is designed to bring you up to date on the environmentally focused ISO 14000, which the U.S. Department of Energy has made a requirement for specific contractors by 1997.

Instructor
The instructor for this seminar has extensive background in working with companies of all sizes and in all industries to achieve ISO registration.

Manufacturing Cost Control for Sustainable Growth    Duration: 2 Days

Overview
For robust, technologically superior products and continuous financial growth, cost reduction and cost control programs in manufacturing must be implemented as an integral part of a company's operations. Short-term solutions, which may have long-term adverse effects on a company's product quality and financial health, must be avoided. In this seminar, programs that show results over the long term, such as Total Quality Management, Cost-of-Ownership Analysis, Worker Training and Empowerment, Vendor Selections and Qualification, and Internal Process Audits, will be examined and qualified as cost-cutting tools for manufacturing.

Instructor
Ted Roussons received his BS ME and MS ME from the UMass Lowell, an Engineering Degree from MIT, and he is a registered professional engineer. He has held various technical and management positions at BSC, in Maryland, Thermo Electron and DEC in Massachusetts, and DXI in Pennsylvania.

 

“Designed for Both Plastics Executives and Executives from Related Industries”

Photo Courtesy of GLS Corporation