Course Information
Course Title: Applying LEAN Principles in the Analytical Laboratory
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
2 - Laboratory Information and Management
Instructor(s): Derek Lake Course Number: 119
Affiliation: SABIC Innovative Plastics
Course Date: 03/13/2012 - Tuesday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $455 ($655 after 2/13/12) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This is a one-day interactive course for analytical laboratory leaders who want to learn how to implement LEAN principles in their workplaces for improved productivity. LEAN is a methodology designed to remove “waste”, or inefficiency, from a process. LEAN utilizes tools such as value-stream mapping and visual management to remove unnecessary activity such as non-standard work, allowing for the implementation of simple and fast adjustments to current processes. LEAN action workouts allow participants to make and evaluate changes completely within the scheduled workout. This course will focus on optimizing performance in the total laboratory workflow, which in turn has positive effects on sample throughput, turn-around time, and other laboratory metrics. The course will pivot between classroom learning and real hands-on activities, allowing participants to apply the principles as they learn. This course will not be an in-depth study of LEAN principles and theory. Instead, participants will be introduced to these principles and theories and how they can be applied in a laboratory setting. Actual laboratory LEAN events conducted at SABIC Innovative Plastics will be provided as examples during the course. This course is intended for those who have little or no background in the application of LEAN principles, but those with some LEAN experience can benefit, as well.

Target Audience
This class is primarily targeted to those with little or no experience in applying LEAN principles. Any lab personnel would benefit, but supervisors, team leaders, or managers may benefit most.

Course Outline
1.LEAN Background
2.The 5 Principles of LEAN
3.Waste
4.Value stream mapping
5.Visual Management and 5S
6.Other LEAN Tools
7.Examples of LEAN in the lab
8. Afternoon Breakouts:  Laboratory Simulations

Course Instructor's Biography
Derek Lake is currently a black belt in the LEXAN* specialty copolymers technology group with SABIC Innovative Plastics. In addition Derek also manages the analytical laboratory for the LEXAN* polycarbonate pilot plant. Before coming to the process technology group in 2007, Derek was an independent contributor in the analytical technology group with SABIC-IP since 2003. Derek has taught several LEAN Six Sigma classes and led numerous LEAN improvement projects in laboratory, technology, and manufacturing settings while at SABIC-IP. He obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Delaware and a BS in chemistry from Lindenwood University.