QUEBEC CITY—Flexpipe, a manufacturer and distributor of modular steel framing structures and material handling systems, has launched Lean Maker Academy, a free online certification program designed to teach workers to assemble modular system equipment for lean manufacturing.

The Academy allows manufacturing engineers, lean and continuous improvement experts, and production maintenance workers in industries like automotive, aerospace, medical and packaging to improve their processes while reducing costs. 

“Flexpipe’s Lean Maker Academy is all about empowering your workers so they can be autonomous,” says Julien Depelteau, chief executive officer, Flexpipe. “The Academy helps them work safely and efficiently to create any structure needed in lean manufacturing. Train as many people as you want on a schedule that meets their needs and yours.”

The online program with video lessons empowers workers to learn what they need to know at their own pace. The first program teaches the tube-and-joint system. Whether manufacturers use Flexpipe or another tubular system, the Academy provides all the knowledge needed to start designing and assembling tube-and-joint structures.

“The Lean Maker Academy not only transforms participants from novices to experts, but also guides them in establishing a dedicated workshop for rapid responses to kaizen and continuous improvement requirements,” Depelteau continues. 

The interactive lessons include quizzes to validate the participant’s learning. Participants earn a certificate upon program completion. Certifications for additional modular systems, such as aluminum extrusions, will be added in the future. 

Trainees can learn at their own pace as all the lessons are online and may be accessed at any time. The certification program is free. Register at

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