Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark
University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)

MET 457 Lean Manufacturing (3) Principles and methods of Lean Manufacturing currently used in modern industries.

MET 457 Lean Manufacturing (3)

This course introduces the students to the methods of Lean Manufacturing used currently in the manufacturing industry. The basic Lean Manufacturing topics covered in the lecture include its history, the commitment required by a company to start and sustain Lean Mfg, team building, and the training required by both management and the employees. To aid in the organization of the many Lean topics lectured on and to give the students a structured guideline for analyzing a process, the method of Value Stream Management is used. This method, when used on either a manufacturing or office environment, maps the manufacturing process and analyzes it for opportunities to reduce waste. Once the process mapping has been accomplished, the more advanced Lean topics are then covered which introduces the student to methods of reducing or eliminating waste in the manufacturing process. These topics include fast setup (SMED), plant floor organization (5S), improving equipment uptime (TPM), improving product quality, error proofing a process (Poka-Yoke), work balancing and cellular layout. Additionally, the most advanced topics of autonomation, just-in-time (JIT), flexible or agile manufacturing, and Kanban are covered. In order for the student to fully comprehend the material presented, the students are placed into teams that are sponsored by local industries to work on a manufacturing process. The students are given the opportunity to explore a manufacturing process and develop ways to eliminate problems, issues, and waster in an actual situation rather than a simulation.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: 7th semester standing; andIE T 215 orM E 468 or permission of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


Look up course abbreviations

Course descriptions are stored in LionPATH, the University-wide student information system. Please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog to access current course descriptions. At that point, you will be leaving the University Bulletin website.

Skip Popular Searches
  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
  2. General Education: United States Cultures and International Cultures
  3. Course Index
  4. Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin
  5. General Education: Arts
  6. General Education: Humanities
  7. General Education: Health and Physical Activity
  8. General Education: Natural Sciences
  9. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences
  10. General Education: Writing/Speaking