Lean workshop teaches efficiency

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April 21, 2015 8:15 AM

The Lloydminster Regional Business Accelerator is hosting an upcoming workshop that’s aimed at providing training and support to help businesses do more with less, while still increasing their revenues in these tougher times.

The Process Improvement/Lean Management Workshop, taking place on April 22 at the RBA Entrepreneur Centre, will help production and manufacturing companies better their efficiency and implement new cost saving improvements on work processes.

“I’m hearing about companies that are cutting back. They’re going to four days a week,” said Marya Pettigrew, executive director for the RBA. “So they have to be smarter because they’re still trying to create the same amount of product. So what that means is really looking at the process flows and figuring out how to do that better.”

The event is being held by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and technology advisor Michael Kerr will explain to attendees the concepts of “process flow,” places to look for additional support, and whether or not adding automation to an operation is a logical step.

Pettigrew says process flow is how a company gets their product from one end of the operation to the other and the workshop looks at how to do this in ways that are safer, take fewer steps and cost less. Some of the additional support mentioned includes funds available through the National Research Council, which may provide money for companies looking to go forward with some of these concepts.

“This is kind of the first step to get people introduced,” said Prettigrew, regarding the workshop. “And then the people that are attending who are interested, we can definitely set up an interview with the NRC and one of their advisors to see if there is some funding available to help them implement these processes. That is definitely a possibility.”

She said this event will be great for companies that are growing and trying to make their processes more efficient and for businesses looking to gain efficiencies within their current footprint, so they don’t have to move into a larger building to maintain their level of productivity.

“Commercial space is not cheap and if you can do more in the space you have just by laying it out in a better way, then that’s a really great option for many companies to keep their costs lower.”

The event takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $50 for RBA members and $100 for non-members. Those who want to register can contact advisor@smallbusinessinformation.ca.

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