Lean Supply Chain Management short course participants in Panama

The Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education, part of the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), recently offered short courses in Mexico, El Salvador and Panama. 

A two-day short course, Lean Supply Chain Management, was conducted in El Salvador Oct. 15-16 and in Panama Oct. 17-18 in association with Texas A&M Former Students from El Salvador Foundation. The course was taught by Dr. V. Jorge Leon, Allen-Bradley Professor of Factory Automation and the director of the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, with assistance from doctoral research assistant Daniel Jornada. Attendees included professionals and management representatives from large, medium and small national and multinational companies in these countries.

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Lean Supply Chain Management short course participants in El Salvador

Felipe Torres, president of the Texas A&M Former Students from El Salvador Foundation, said, "Our partnership with the Industrial Distribution Program from Texas A&M has allowed us to bring excellence in education to Central America and Panama. We have impacted more than 350 executives over the past four years and will continue to do so in a much broader range in the years to come."

Leon added that “the lean supply chain continues to be a popular course among managers in Central America and we will continue to bring them these valuable courses.”

Lean thinking is one of the most important business process improvement methodologies and focuses primarily on removal of waste. The primary effect of practicing lean is reduced flow time. In addition, a lean approach leads to other secondary effects, such as improved quality and reduced variability due to simplification, standardization, and/or elimination of processes in the value stream. The course brings competitive advantage to organizations by improving operational efficiency and effectiveness. 

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Stastical Tolerancing short course participants in Pueblo, Mexico

Leon and Jornada also taught a three-day course, Statistical Tolerancing, for engineers from the design group at Volkswagen in Pueblo, Mexico, in August.

Volkswagen-Mexico produces about 2,500 vehicles per day, with 84 percent of its output exported to the work markets. This complex is the biggest automobile factory in North America and includes all processes needed to complete a car.

Leon said, "Unique to the offering was the integration of highly technical design concepts in the context of the supply chain and quality systems. We plan to offer the course to other large companies in Mexico." 

The Thomas and Joan Read Center’s professional development programs are designed to increase distributor’s competitive advantage and profitability. Read Center faculty focus on relevant and actionable education through proven methods and tools.

The Read Center’s educational programs are based on research consortia and applied industry projects in various lines of trade. The knowledge generated by these industry-funded consortia, projects and professional development programs enhances the undergraduate and graduate education by bringing real-world distribution problems, case studies, and examples to the curriculum. 

As a part of the international growth, the Read Center will be offering a two-day short course, Lean Supply Chain Management, in India Dec. 12-13.

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