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American Society for Quality                                                                                   

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide…

American Society for Quality                                                                                             
Lean Enterprise Division

LED Specific Objectives: Promote Lean Enterprise principles and practices, provide training in the areas of Lean Enterprise and to be a source of Advanced...

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence                                                       

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is North America’s premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in Organizational Excellence through the implementation of techniques such as Lean Tools, Leadership, and Lean Product Development. Lean Supply Chain and Lean Accounting…

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. 

The Shingo Prize                                                                                                        

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo who distinguished himself as one of the world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. Dr. Shingo has been described as an “engineering genius” who helped create and write about many aspects of the revolutionary manufacturing practices which comprise the renowned Toyota Production System…

Consultants and Other Resources

Lean Jacksonville ConsortiumLean Jacksonville Consortium
The Jacksonville Lean Consortium is a group of companies and government agencies, working together to become more efficient, more profitable, and therefore, more competitive in the global market place, through shared learning and networking in Continuous Improvement efforts based on Lean principles.

Free Lean SiteFreeLeanSite
Free Lean Site is dedicated to spreading manufacturing and enterprise excellence information with an aim to improve business processes, manufacturing efficiency, and productivity.

Joan Wellman & Associates
JWA pioneered the application of the Toyota Production System (TPS) to healthcare in 1995. Today we build on our lean consulting success in diverse industries such as aerospace manufacturing and software development to drive waste out of healthcare processes. Our focus on lean healthcare has resulted in dramatic operational and clinical quality improvement, healthcare cost reduction, healthcare access, employee and patient safety and physician/staff engagement.

Implement Lean Manufacturing                                                                                

Based on the conviction that knowledge is meant to be shared freely, this website offers valuable information regarding the lean philosophy and concepts and step-by-step instructions for a successful lean transformation of your enterprise. Lean concepts and tools such as 5S, Kanban, SMED, TPM, VSM, Poka-Yoke, Autonomation, Hejunka, Kaizen etc. are described in detail for your everyday use. In the spirit of learning by doing, you can also find on this website lean simulation games that teach you fundamental lean principles by playing in teams.

Profero, Inc.                                                                                                                         
Leaders in Lean. At Profero, we comprehend and advocate the Lean philosophy: the way of thinking, achieving a higher level of performance and of course, eliminating waste. We also promote that Lean is a great deal more than just a set of tools - it is a mindset. We want organizations to reach their best by including Lean as part of their holistic strategy. We provide coaching, mentoring, training and full implementation of Lean to many industries and types of organizations.

Visual Solutions Resource                                                                                         

At Visual Solutions Resource, Inc., our mission is to provide top-quality training resources that enhance our client's competitive edge. We provide many industry-proven training workbooks and simulation tools and can make your company’s product line a standard product and offer it through our on-line store. We offer on-demand graphic design, printing and binding – you send it, we create a product and ship it. We can create training event packets to fit your needs customized with your company logo.

QMI/Visual-Lean Institute                                                                                        

QMI and its school, the Visual-Lean® Institute, is considered the premier resource for helping business and industry learn about and implement visuality in the workplace. QMI works with companies to assess, diagnose, coach, train management, staff and trainers, implement, support and consult. With a full range of on-site, public, and off-the-shelf products and services, QMI’s approach sets the pace for the industry.

Business Basics, LLC                                                                                                

Business Basics, LLC is the publisher of the "Manufacturing Basics and Best Practices Bulletin," a free weekly newsletter with 12,000 plus subscribers. They also provide practical, e-training materials for busy professionals that can't find the time to attend seminars. E-Training at your pace and in your place.


Most Lean initiatives start out with a 5S program to get things cleaned up and organized as one of the first steps toward Kaizen process improvement. can help you organize your workplace.

Cadent Resources, Inc.

Cadent Resources, Inc. provides a robust and comprehensive demand and supply planning software as a service that helps small to mid-sized manufacturers and distributors deliver on the real-time demands of today’s customers. Leading brands rely on DemandCaster's common-sense, data-driven approach to overcome poor demand visibility, manage uncertainty, and improve sales and operations planning to drive growth.

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