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Lean & Six Sigma Food Process Menu

What is Lean Food Processing?

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Applying Lean principles to the food processing industry provides many benefits:

  • Your organization becomes more flexible and able to meet changing customer demands
  • Less downtime to changeover equipment
  • Improvement of food quality
  • Less labour
  • Less floor space required
  • More product capabilities
  • Increased production levels

Typical food processing environments combine batch manufacturing with continuous flow manufacturing. Like many manufacturing industries, the value stream begins with raw materials, which are then processed through a series of steps to transform them into the final finished product. Lean principles can be applied to reduce waste and improve product flow through the value stream.

Processes in the food processing industry that often respond well to Lean methodologies include:

  • Reduction of setup and changeover times impacting batch size and lead time
  • Optimization of the processes involved in packaging foods and handling materials
  • Improvement to warehouse operations to reduce errors, improve productivity, and improve response times
  • Applying PULL (not PUSH) inventory management to reduce excess inventory and material shortages

Typical results from a transformation to a Lean food processing organization include:

  • 50% productivity improvement
  • 85% work-in-process reduction
  • 85% quality improvement
  • 30 to 50% lead-time reduction
  • improved flexibility
  • simplified processes
  • better communication


Learn About Some of the Lean Tools:

Lean Overviews – 1 day – 2 programs with different emphasis and examples:

Lean Manufacturing Certificate Program – 5 day program with comprehensive presentation of lean tools & techniques.
GRT Certificates - Plan projects - Measurable results

Lean Manufacturing Certificate

Other Lean Seminars

Topics include, 5S: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace, Value Stream Mapping.

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma seeks to identify and remove the causes of defects and errors in manufacturing and business processes.  It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts" etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).

Six Sigma Black Belt – 20 days – includes both manufacturing & service examples & applications. Participants receive a GRT Certificate - Implement projects – Achieve measurable results - Prepare for ASQ Certification

ASQ Black Belt Exam Prep – 3 days – prepares black belt trained candidates to take the ASQ exam.

Six Sigma Green Belt – 5 days – 2 programs with different emphasis and examples. Participants receive a GRT Certificate - Plan projects – Achieve measurable results.

What is Lean Sigma?

Lean Sigma is a management methodoligy blending the core tools of Lean Operations and Six Sigma. Lean will reduce waste in your operations increasing productiity, while Six Sigma will reduce errors and scrap leading to cost reductions.

Other GRT Seminars

GRT offers a complete curriculum of Quality & Continuous Improvement workshops & seminars to meet the HRD needs of your entire organization.

Additional Information

Enrolment is limited! Please call or e-mail today at (416) 667-9119 or for registration information and further details.



G.R. Technologies 
75 Allingham Gdns 
North York, Ontario
M3H 1X9

Tel: (905) 597-9277
Fax: (416) 638-4866


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