MassMEP Event

Date: March 23, 2023
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: UMass Dartmouth, Fall River
Register: Contact Kathie Mahoney at 508-831-7020 or [email protected]

Lean Manufacturing Collaborative: Learn by Doing for Small Manufacturers
MassMEP and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth partner to offer a collaborative approach to enable small manufacturers implement lean manufacturing tools and techniques!

Join us on Thursday, March 23, 2023 for an introductory session to Lean Principles.



Lean Simulation 1 & 2
Networking Break
Lean Simulation 3

By Participating in this Collaborative and adopting Lean Principles, you can:

Increase productivity by up to 30%
Improve quality by up to 85%
Reduce Lead time by as much as 90%
Develop highly trained and motivated employees
Respond effectively to customer demands
Transform your operations into the flexible, efficient processes needed to survive

Lean Collaborative

You might be a small or medium-sized manufacturer that has contemplated the idea of implementing lean techniques and methodologies, but you do not have enough resources to undertake a project of this nature. MassMEP and UMass Dartmouth have partnered to offer this program to area companies starting in March 2006.  The MEP’s team of expert facilitators and trainers in Lean Manufacturing and supply chain has developed a new and affordable approach to help your organization benefit from the impact of a lean transformation and sustained change. We called this new approach the Lean Manufacturing Collaborative Program

What is a Lean Manufacturing Collaborative?
A Lean Manufacturing Collaborative is a group of five to seven small and medium-sized organizations that together embark on a three-month journey to provide their employees with the opportunity to learn and apply lean tools and techniques to improve productivity.

What is a Lean Manufacturing Collaborative Program?
The Lean Manufacturing Collaborative Program is a combination of five interactive workshops and four on-site facilitation days. Each participating organization in the collaborative will assign three to four employees to participate in the program. At the beginning of each workshop session, each team will share with other teams their experience in implementing lean tools and techniques. In between the workshops, each team will apply the lessons learned and apply them at their site.

Why a Lean Collaborative Program?

  • Your team will learn and apply lean tools and techniques.
  • You will share the costs of implementing lean with other organizations.
  • The result is a direct impact on the bottom line of each participating organization.
  • Your team will benefit from experiences of other teams.
  • Your organization will benefit from having a trained lean team.


  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing (full day)
  • Team-involvement Problem-solving
  • Value Stream Management System (half day)
  • On-site Value Stream Mapping-Implementation (2 days)
  • Advanced 5S Kaizen Event Methodologies (half day)
  • On-site 5S Kaizen Event (2 days)
  • Project Management – Sustaining Change, What Next? (full day)

To participate, contact MassMEP Lead Project Manager – Glenn Gertridge at 508-679-0847 or [email protected].



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