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Having a systematic way to improve performance is crucial as companies compete for business and struggle to grow margins. Most companies improve over time; however those that improve the fastest, driving wasted time and materials out of processes, gain the competitive upper hand.

As a result more printing companies are exploring and committing to the concepts and practices of Lean production and other quality management systems. For those companies this portal ushers in a new reality of self-paced, online training classes geared to the graphic communications industry.

The following classes are available for use by printing executives, managers, and team members.

  • Understanding Variation
  • The Seven Basic Tools of Performance Improvement
  • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
  • 5S and Teams
  • Makeready Reduction
  • Standard Work and Total Productive Maintenance
  • Visual Management and Kanbans

Each class is 60-90 minutes long and authored by an acknowledged expert on the topic. The online content is comprised of slides, narration, videos, and a quiz—all developed specifically for the printing industry. Those buying a class have access to it for months, able to watch and re-watch it as their schedule allows.

Click here to read descriptions of our existing classes.

Other classes will be added in the coming months. In addition to the online classes, the Printing Industries of America has a variety of other resources on continuous improvement and related topics, including our annual Continuous Improvement Conference. View our other resources here. For questions about our continuous improvement resources, contact Jim Workman (jworkman( @ )