Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply "lean,” is a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing system. Working from the perspective of the client who consumes a product or service, "value" is any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for. Essentially, lean is centered on making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else.

We can assist you in your lean journey through a variety of services including introductory overview training (See our Power of Lean offerings), onsite facilitated lean improvement projects, onsite training around specific lean tools, and our six-month long Lean Manufacturing Champion training.

Services and resources to support your lean journey

Lean Learning Consortium Membership »

Lean Manufacturing Champion Training »

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Northwestern Michigan College is home to the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - Northern Lower office (MMTC-NL).Our Mission is to help improve the competitiveness of small to mid-sized manufacturers in northern Lower Michigan. To help you gain a competitive edge, we bring you the latest resources that draw on a national and statewide network.

The MMTC is part of the nationwide Manufacturing Extension Partnership program under the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


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