Manufacturing today requires an understanding of how to develop and implement strategies and plans. Learn these important principles and concepts and how all facets of the business work together to increase productivity. Learn inventory management, Six Sigma, statistical process control (SPC) and the elements of a logistics system, including warehousing and receiving. Understand the purpose of customer demand forecasting. Explore the nature of planning and learn how to effectively use Gantt charts and the precedence diagram method. Discover the basics of lean manufacturing and see how capacity management converts production plans into concrete products. Learn why manufacturing, industrial and quality engineering are so essential to any firm. Understand the true meaning of productivity and how to improve it.