Training Within Industry (TWI) - The Missing Link In Lean Management
by Allan Ung
In September 1990, my colleague and I participated in a technical training program for instructors held at the Panasonic Overseas Training Center and the Production Engineering College in Osaka, Japan for a period of two months.
During that time, we were newly hired technical training instructors at the Panasonic Regional Training Center located in Singapore. Our key roles were to educate and train the company's supervisors, engineers and technicians within the ASEAN region in shop-floor manufacturing excellence.
During the first week in Osaka, we attended the Introductory Training Course which was similar to an orientation program for new hires.
From the second week onwards, the training shifted to a more technical focus. The training program included the assembly of an electrical controller complete with wiring and final testing; fabrication work such as filing a metallic block to achieve a desired surface flatness; programming a Scara robot and Cartesian robot for assembly operations; delivering skills instruction, etc.