Tauber Institute students have access to exclusive facility tours that provide insight into operations and lean manufacturing throughout the academic year. Tauber students also schedule regional tours during break periods or may join an International Trek.
Facility tours provide insight into operations and lean manufacturing. Students are required to attend a minimum of four facility tours. Students learn to:
Perform a rapid audit of the state of an operation
Judge the relative leanness of an operation
Prioritize the targets of opportunity for improvements
Develop an action plan to facilitate improvements
The Rapid Plant Assessment workbook is used by students to learn how to plan a tour, how to rate an operation, and how to develop the ability to envision an ideal lean plant based on the concepts of the Toyota Production System. The workbook can also be purchased through Amazon.