OEM Announces Lean 101 On-Line Course

    Unique online education course developed to introduce businesses to the
    The Toyota Production System also known as Lean Manufacturing

    WINNIPEG, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - OEM, Canada's leading international firm of
consulting experts, announced that their company was awarded a second contract
from the Alberta Government for their Lean 101 Online Course.
    OEM Consultants was awarded a second contract for The Rural Alberta
Web-Based Lean Training program.
    "We believe strongly that the manufacturing industry now recognizes that
in order to save time and money a change of thinking must occur. We have found
that 95% of all activities in a company's day to day operations are considered
waste. The concepts outlined in this course apply to all industries,
especially healthcare and government," said George Trachilis, President and
CEO, OEM Consultants. "We know that time is the valuable currency of tomorrow.
Understanding how we waste time, is the first step to making this kind of
revolutionary change happen."
    OEM integrates operations, engineering and manufacturing solutions for
their clients globally. OEM was one of only two custom business consultants
was selected for Canada's Profit Hot 50 list in 2006. Manitoba Business
Magazine has ranked OEM in the top 10 of their annual list of the 50 fastest
Growing Companies in Manitoba for 2007.
    "OEM Consultants has been chosen to deliver Lean Training to clients in
rural Alberta in order to decipher the major principles and discover how these
tools can be applied to improve productivity in the workplace. This training
is only the first step in a lean journey; hopefully this will encourage
companies to adopt continuous improvement as a business philosophy by becoming
truly world-class," said Anurag Pandy, Senior Director, Strategic
Manufacturing Alberta Employment Immigration and Industry.
    "Lean" operating principles began in manufacturing environments and are
known by a variety of synonyms; Lean Manufacturing, Lean Production, Toyota
Production System, etc. It is commonly believed that Lean started in Japan
(Toyota, specifically), but Henry Ford had been using aspects of Lean as early
as the 1920's. The goal of lean production is described as "to get the right
things to the right place at the right time, the first time, while minimizing
waste and being open to change".
    OEM Consultants client PCL Industrial Constructors Ltd, Gary Trigg Vice
President and Manager Fabrication Facility & Module Yard, says, "OEM's Lean
101 online course provided our PCL team a great introduction to lean concepts
and terminology. By implementing lean in today's market with very acute labour
shortages, our streamlined processes will ensure the work is performed as
efficiently as possible making the best use all of our resources."
    Alberta currently leads the nation in labor productivity. However its
rate of productivity growth over the last decade leaves alot of room for
improvement. While the Alberta economy is growing at a fast pace, input costs
are growing quickly as well, and Alberta employers are struggling to find new
workers. Employers recognize the need to increase productivity to grow
revenues and are looking at innovative techniques, new business processes and
new ideas like Lean Thinking, to meet the challenges head on. For more
information please visit the OEM Consultants website at www.lean101.ca or call

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For further information: Nicole Mckinney, (416) 423-3493,

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