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Principles of lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing tools and benefits



Join Deborah Snow in a full-day workshop on lean manufacturing principles, tools and benefits.


By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define “lean” as it relates to manufacturing
  • List and describe the eight wastes
  • Describe the following and how they fit into lean manufacturing: Standardized work, point-of-use storage, 5S, visual controls, pull/Kanban, plant layout, cellular flow, quick changeover, total productive maintenance, batch reduction
  • Describe the benefits of lean manufacturing


UT Center for Industrial Services is the premier statewide service provider and consulting organization committed to building a thriving manufacturing industry across Tennessee. 

The company’s solutions consultants are located regionally across the state to provide your company with localized expert technical assistance and manufacturing resources in both the public and private sectors that will help you identify areas of improvement, streamline processes and ultimately increase global competitiveness.

Housed in the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network, which is partly funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. UT Center for Industrial Services’ consultants can collaborate across the state and beyond to gain expertise or participate in multi-state projects. It is part of a unique public/private partnership model that helps make Tennessee MEP services accessible to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

The company succeeds when you succeed, and it seeks to deliver a high return to you as part of its mission to help you achieve your company goals. https://cis.tennessee.edu/


Deborah Snow brings over 30 years of industry experience to the TMEP team. Deborah has a B.S. in manufacturing engineering technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is certified in Lean manufacturing through the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Snow has a 3rd Party ISO9001:2015 Lead Auditor Certification from Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). Snow has also obtained the following certifications: IATF 16949:2016 Internal Auditor from BSI, Supplier Auditor from AIAG, Quality Auditor from American Society for Quality, Lead Assessor Certificate from Stat-A-Matrix Institute, Certified Quality Engineer from American Society for Quality, and Certified Manufacturing Engineering Technologist from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Snow has developed broad expertise across various industry sectors, including the automotive, consumer and industrial industries. As a member of the TMEP resource team, Snow provides technical assistance in Lean manufacturing implementation for facility operations and material flow, quality manufacturing systems implementation and auditing, and workforce development training skills for manufacturing and leadership/supervisory training.