Is Training within Industry (TWI) old hat?


Jim-HuntzingerII.gifJim Huntzinger has over twenty years experience developing lean enterprises through system design and development, implementation, and guiding organizations both strategically and tactically through the transformation process. Currently he is the president and founder of the Lean Accounting Summit, TWI Summit, and Lean and Green Summit. The podcast is a good introduction to TWI and a current synapse on where it is at today.

Huntzinger has also researched at length the evolution of manufacturing in the United States with an emphasis on lean's influence and development. He has researched and worked to re-deploy TWI (Training Within Industry) within industry and uncovered its tie with the Toyota Way. He is also developing the history of Ford’s Highland Park plant and its direct tie to Toyota’s business model and methods of operation.

TWI Summit: Training Within Industry is needed more now, in this down economy, than ever before. It was in a time of crisis that TWI proved its worth more than 60 years ago, and leading organizations are turning to TWI again. Why?

  • Get more done with less machines and manpower
  • Improve quality, reduce scrap by achieving standard work across workers and shifts
  • Reduce safety incidents
  • Decrease training time, especially for temporary workers
  • Reduce labor hours
  • Reduce grievances
  • Transfer knowledge from a skilled, retiring workforce to an unskilled, green workforce

He authored the book, Lean Cost Management: Accounting for Lean by Establishing Flow , was a contributing author to Lean Accounting: Best Practices for Sustainable Integration , and has authored many articles including the ground-breaking article, Roots of Lean - Training Within Industry: The Origin of Kaizen.

P.S. Jim is also a contributor to the Lean Edge.

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