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Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

MRC’s two-day Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) course is designed to familiarize participants with the rules and symbols associated with this practice.
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Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety hazards. It has been a mandatory standard in the seafood and juice industry for since [Year], and it is intended for use in any food processing and handling facility.

MRC training provides a detailed overview of the HACCP system and principles, including an overview of the standard, its history, preliminary tasks, and primary principles.  It also delivers an in-depth review of the implementation, documentation, and maintenance of a HACCP system.

This training course also gives participants an overview of a HACCP plan, explains the duties of the internal HACCP team, and describes the ways an HACCP plan affects all employees and the internal procedures.
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ISO Certification

MRC’s ISO Certification gives participants insight into the content and spirit of the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.  Participants learn what to anticipate in the new standard and the changes that may be required for conformity.
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Lean Master Certification

MRC’s Lean model emphasizes Strategic Lean transformation through cultural engagement. The Lean Master Certification Program helps prepare your team to manage your organization’s Lean journey. Our program focuses on change-agent skills by developing personal relationship, system design, and strategy deployment competencies.
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Project Management Concepts

If you need to better manage projects, MRC’s Introduction to Project Management Concepts is for you! Whether you work with small, medium, or large projects, the concepts and strategies are the same.  Think of the Introduction to Project Management as an affordable investment meant to jump-start your efficiency an effectiveness.
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Quality Systems – Six Sigma

MRC’s Six Sigma/Lean6 courses bridge the gap between instruction and implementation. While online courses seek only to educate, MRC goes beyond training to assist in actual project implementation; drive real change. Case studies don’t cut it here. You select a Six Sigma project that will create genuine organizational change. Successful completion means you are improving product quality, enhancing customer service, and saving your company money.
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Leadership Training

Manufacturing Leadership Institute

For more than a decade, MRC has provided a leadership certificate program for the region’s current and up-and-coming leaders. The resulting Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) program has graduated more than 200 participants, helping them to enhance their skills, strengthen their companies’ competitiveness, drive growth, and create sustainable business models that lead them into the future.
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Supervisor Skills Development

Every supervisor has untapped potential. The challenge lies in realizing and optimizing that potential.  MRC’s Supervisor Skills Development courses provide first-level managers, team leaders, group leaders, and others with many of the tools needed to handle the increasingly complex performance issues found in today’s organizations.
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LEAN Training

5S Organization & Standardization

MRC’s Lean experts deliver practical assistance to help your business realize the benefits of 5S Workplace Organization: mitigating the effects of workplace disorganization; performing workplace scans; and the basics of: – Sort – When in doubt, move it out! (Red Tag technique)
– Set in Order – A place for everything, and everything in its place
– Shine – Clean and inspect or inspect through cleaning
– Standardize – Develop, follow, and enforce the rules
– Sustain – Part of daily work, and it becomes a habit

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Gemba Walks

In the problem-solving culture that Lean requires, leadership must develop their ability to “see” process waste.  Gemba is a Japanese phrase that roughly translates to “where the work is done.” Participants will learn:

  • The meaning of Gemba walks
  • How they relate to leadership standard work in a lean enterprise
  • Techniques for making objective observations of the current state
  • Proper behaviors in interviewing employees within the Gemba
  • How to relate Gemba observations to standard work and the organization’s mission
  • To “see” beyond process results

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LEAN Enterprise

In this workshop you will learn about the history of Lean and the principles that define Lean philosophy.  As a production team member within our simulated factory, you will experience firsthand the difference between traditional manufacturing and Lean manufacturing practices.
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LEAN Leadership Culture

Many companies embarking on Lean journeys soon become frustrated with Kaizen events and isolated improvement projects that yield great short-term results but lack the ability to deliver sustainable improvement. This implementation process helps your organization “bring to life” the values and guiding principles found in most mission statements. We do this by explaining the steps/actions to consider while using problem-solving processes in daily activities (e.g. communication, buy-in, engagement, purpose, customer satisfaction, and more).
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LEAN Office

The concept of Lean manufacturing is gaining acceptance beyond the shop floor.  Now, attendees can gain hands-on experience through a live simulation in a traditional office environment. Each participant gains a practical understanding of how to apply Lean, continuous improvement techniques in an office setting to eliminate waste, gain more capacity from existing operations, and enhance their company’s ability to compete.
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Maintenance Excellence

If you are a newly hired maintenance manager in need of a plan forward, or a seasoned maintenance expert looking to optimize your crew’s operation, MRC’s Maintenance Excellence program is for you.  Participants will learn how to assemble a step-by-step plan to take equipment reliability to the next level.
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Problem Solving

The Lean philosophy requires an organization to create and sustain a problem-solving culture.  Within these cultures, visual systems enable employees at all levels to understand the goals for all enterprise processes.  If the standard work for a given process does not achieve the expected goals, problem-solvers identify the nature of the process failure and the root cause of performance gap.

MRC’s Problem Solving course teaches these techniques through a hands-on exercise.  Participants use a standard A3-Style PDCA form to break down a problem and test potential countermeasures in a small-group setting.

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Setup Reduction

Every day, businesses large and small lose tremendous amounts of productivity to poorly coordinated process setups that add waste to value streams.  Setup is the time required to change the production process from the last good product produced to the first good new product produced.  Long setup times often go unnoticed, as they are not typically viewed as part of a primary process to build products. In this class …

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Standard Work

Standard work is the centerpiece of a Lean Enterprise as it creates process requirements and its expectations for those processes.   Standard work establishes a single method to use enterprise processes and minimizes process variation caused by people, machines, materials, and the environment, enabling predictable results. Standard Work includes four key activities:

  • Defining Standards
  • Creating Job Instructions
  • Training Job Instructions
  • Observing Work

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Total Preventative Maintenance

Manufacturing and service organizations use various types of equipment to add value to material and information in the creation of products or services.  When equipment performance is unpredictable, the ability for that process to achieve stability is diminished.  And when a process is unstable, it becomes difficult to implement improvements and proactively solve problems.
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Value Stream Mapping

In their book, Lean Enterprise, Jim Womack and Daniel Jones established a set of principles necessary to transform traditional enterprise systems into Lean enterprise systems. Historically, manufacturing and service organizations using these principles focus exclusively on isolated, point-solution improvements; that is, they ignore principles 1 and 2.
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Maintenance Training

Maintenance Master Certification

MRC’s Maintenance Master Certification is taught by Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (CMRPs), and all six sessions are held at on-site with local manufacturers to enhance learning with real-life examples.  The workshops stress hands-on exercises and teamwork in order to improve equipment effectiveness, and participants become part of a maintenance professionals’ peer group to encourage networking and the sharing of best practices.
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Maintenance Excellence

This is one of the six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on application. Each of the six courses are open on a limited basis to the general public. This three- day course is intended to improve your equipment reliability, and is comprised of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), maintenance mapping, equipment condition coding, preventive & predictive maintenance, planning & scheduling, and a discussion of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
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Fundamentals of Maintenance Management

This is one of the six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on application. Each of the six courses are open on a limited basis to the general public depending on seating availability. This three-day course helps participants learn to lead a maintenance organization, this module includes: strategies and tactics to motivate staff; the financial aspects of driving profitability; safety and environmental concerns; suggested systems to create a culture of proactive maintenance; critical methods to promote organization; and how to meet and exceed technical challenges.
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Introduction to PM and PdM

This is one of six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on application.  This course is open to the public on a limited basis based on seating availability.  Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is a three-day course that teaches critical tactics to achieve equipment reliability.  This module teaches how to create world class preventive maintenance  inspections, illustrates predictive technologies (and how you can start using them immediately) and create an effective PM and PdM programs, optimize existing PMs, and show how to measure their effectiveness.
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Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

This is one of six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on application.  This is a three-day course and is open to the public on a limited basis based on seating availability.  Well-planned maintenance will have a positive impact on both Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).  In this module participants learn planning and scheduling strategies, how to use data to drive scheduling, and the importance of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
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Root Cause Analysis for Maintenance

This is a two day public class, based on limited availability since this is one of the six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on training.  Executing permanent corrective actions are the shortest path of transition from reactive to proactive maintenance and true reliability excellence.  Participants will learn to use RCA as a means of addressing the root cause of failures, rather than fixing systems.  MRC uses actual RCA on your processes and equipment using the most appropriate tools.
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The Methodology of Troubleshooting

This is a three-day public class, based on limited seating availability.  This is one of the six courses within the Maintenance Master Certification curriculum and taught onsite at a local manufacturing facility for hands-on application. This module provides a logical, multi-step approach to solve equipment failures using real-life breakdown scenarios.  Participants will learn to understand what equipment is supposed to do, as well as why and how.
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Sales Training

Sales Pro Boot Camp

MRC offers a four -day developmental program for sales and business development professionals. This training is not about learning manipulative techniques and repeating canned sales lines like a robot. It’s based on the idea that sales training is a process and not an event. The training is spread out over several weeks so that sales professionals can learn a concept, apply it, and then come back and learn some more. Sales Pro training will cover every aspect of the sales process.
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