Purdue News

January 24, 2005

Krannert offers short Six Sigma and RFID workshops

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Krannert School of Management Executive Education Program and Flexware Innovation are offering two short-course executive education workshops on hot business topics – Six Sigma and RFID (radio frequency identification).

Mike Sheahan, director of non-degree programs for Krannert Executive Education Programs (KEEP), said, "We've heard our state's call to think globally and act locally. Our goal at KEEP is to offer programs that give Indiana firms a competitive edge in a changing marketplace that brings both challenges and opportunities.

"We've formed a strategic alliance with Flexware Innovation to offer cutting-edge information in a state-of-the-art learning environment."

The first workshop, Lean Six Sigma for Leaders: Finding and Seizing Great Opportunities, is part of KEEP's advanced manufacturing series. Six Sigma, originally developed at General Electric Co., is an industrial philosophy, methodology and metric that aims to increase profits by building better products that increase customer loyalty. "Lean" refers to lean manufacturing, an industrial initiative that speeds production, reduces inventory and uses less space to build the highest quality products in the shortest possible time.

Workshop facilitators are James Swartz, Tom Pearson and Joe Swartz, who bring years of industry experience, book authorship and Six Sigma master certifications.

The three-day workshop takes place Jan. 25-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Krannert Center on the Purdue campus. Cost of the class is $1,350 and includes lunch, snacks and course materials. Complete information, including a course outline, facilitator biographies, maps and registration information is available online.

The second workshop, RFID and Emerging Technologies Impacting Manufacturing, is part of KEEP's 21st century logistics series. RFIDs are microchips attached to an antenna that picks up signals from and sends signals to a reader. RFIDs will replace barcoding and provide retailers and suppliers better and more timely data stretching from the factory to the consumer. Big retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target, and large government agencies, such as the Department of Defense, are demanding that their key suppliers apply RFID tags to pallets and cases.

The workshop facilitator is Flexware Innovation president and CEO Scott Whitlock. Whitlock, who founded Flexware Innovation, is a Purdue alumnus who was named to Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" list for 2004. Flexware also was among the winners of the 2003 Indiana Growth 100 Award, which recognizes Indiana's leading high-potential, high-growth companies.

The workshop takes place on Feb 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Krannert Center. Cost of the class is $295 and includes lunch, snacks and course materials. Complete information, including a course outline, facilitator biography, maps and registration information is available online.

Contact Flexware Innovation's Julie Elson, (317) 813-5408, julie.elson@flexwareinnovation.com for information on both workshops. The KEEP contact is Sheahan at (765) 494-7700, sheahan@purdue.edu.

KEEP offers three distinct executive degree programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business: The Executive Master's in Business, the International Master's in Management, the Weekend EMBA, and the Executive Master's in Business in Germany. KEEP also offers varied non-degree executive programs tailored to the needs of specific industries and firms.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Source: Mike Sheahan, (765) 494-7700, sheahan@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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