Six Sigma & Lean

The principles behind Six Sigma quality control and Lean Manufacturing have revolutionized manufacturing in the last two decades. Forsyth Tech has classes on a wide variety of topics, listed below, that can help you learn and apply these ideas to your business.

Six Sigma

This is a basic course to help participants understand the basics of Six Sigma, its methodology, tools and techniques.

5S – Workplace Orderliness

You can gain foundational knowledge that is essential for implementing not just the 5S System, but overall manufacturing improvements like shorter equipment changeovers, just-in-time inventory, total quality management and total productive maintenance.

JIT (Just-In-Time)

You can gain an insight into the power of JIT. It is a concise and practical guide to the basic concepts, techniques and benefits of JIT practices.

Pull Production

Pull Production for the practitioner gives participants the basic concepts they need to understand, plan and implement pull production. It is intended to get attendees on board to reduce work-in-process inventory, lead-time and other profit-draining expenses.

Standard Work

This course introduces production teams and managers to basic Standard Work concepts and application so they can help to maintain quality, efficiency, safety and predictability.

The Kaizen Blitz

You can gain foundational information needed to understand, plan and implement kaizen blitzes. Such events are opportunities to make focused improvement changes in the workplace. This training module takes participants through the critical steps in conducting a very effective kaizen event – one that is well planned, well implemented and well documented.

Mistake Proofing/Poka-Yoke

The Zero Quality Control System (ZQC) is a mistake-proofing approach that prevents defects by monitoring processing conditions at the source and correcting errors that cause defects. Since it is human nature to make mistakes, ZQC does not blame people for errors, but instead finds ways to keep errors from becoming defects. In this course, participants learn techniques to check and give feedback about each product or operation in the process, not just a sample.

Quick Changeovers (SMED)

Changeover is the process of setting up a production line for a different process or product. Many plants take hours or even days to do a changeover – a major barrier to manufacturing flexibility. This course, based on Shigeo Shingo’s SMED system introduces frontline employees to the techniques and approaches that turn hours of changeover time into minutes, even seconds!

Work Cells

Attendees will gain foundational knowledge about cellular manufacturing and teamwork concepts and equips them for participating in the design of a new production cell.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

The objective of this course is to give a brief but complete introduction to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM). It offers an overview of the basic features of TPM as well as the implementation process in an easy to understand format. The course focuses on the important role of operators in maximizing equipment effectiveness (OEE) and provides a proven implementation template.


Learn why and how Kanban is an effective means for promoting a Lean/Just-In-Time system. As a signaling device, Kanbans assure that products are handled only when needed, in the exact quantity needed, and in a quality form defined by the user (e.g., customer).

Identifying Waste

Identifying Waste is intended to combine all the topics of Lean into a single, fundamental focus – getting rid of waste. In an organized and easy-to-assimilate manner, this course covers the “A” to “Z” of identifying and eliminating waste.