Course Code: mfa
You'll begin your first lesson by exploring the essential area of manufacturing strategy as you identify what's involved in developing and implementing a manufacturing strategy and investigate strategic choices. Then, learn the characteristics of forecasting and see how you can use a qualitative, quantitative, or a hybrid approach that follows certain types of rules.
Learn how planning and control work together, discuss the nature of manufacturing planning, and explore a few planning techniques, including Gantt charts and the network diagram scheduling method. Then, we'll take a whirlwind tour through the world of purchasing. We'll briefly discuss the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), look at the way for purchasing to be proactive instead of reactive, and explore the seven steps of the purchasing cycle.
We'll discuss the benefits of lean manufacturing and the various elements of it, starting with good housekeeping (5S) and concluding with quality at the source. You’ll also learn ways to implement it. Then, examine the primary duties of P & IC: master production scheduling, shop floor scheduling, production activity control, material requirements planning, and inventory management.
In this lesson, we'll start out with an overview of capacity and define a few terms, including design and effective capacity, and actual output. We'll examine a few capacity-use strategies as they relate to customer demand, technology, and other variables, and discuss three essential tools to help with capacity management: break-even analysis, decision trees, and decision theory. Then, take a tour through the manufacturing engineering function, starting with its history, its relationship with other departments, and its major functions. We'll also examine key manufacturing engineering focus areas including computer-aided process planning (CAPP), value analysis, design for manufacturability (DFM), concurrent engineering (CE), rapid prototyping, and expert systems.
Get a brief overview and history of industrial engineering, discuss work measurement and explore ways to develop work standards, determine how earned value performance measurement helps you control costs and performance, and look at flowcharts and their benefits. Then, we’ll take a look at quality engineers and their understanding of quality costs, Six Sigma, and statistical process control (SPC).
Get an overview of the logistics system and briefly review each element before moving on to discuss warehousing and examine many transportation concepts such as tracing, carrier modes and types, and the receiving process. And finally, look at the basic productivity calculation, talk about historical global productivity trends, and examine the experience curve; look at measurements of productivity and review how quality and human effort affect productivity; and explore the various productivity factors and discuss the elements of a productivity improvement system.
Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.
Completion of Tony Swaim's Manufacturing Fundamentals
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.