PRODUCTIVITY FIRSTS

We were the first generation of consultants to be mentored by the originators of lean, including Chihiro Nakao, Yoshiki Iwata, Ryuji Fukuda, and Shigeo Shingo.

We were also the first to…

  • translate and publish books on Japanese management practices by Shigeo Shingo and Ryuji Fukuda
  • translate and publish books on TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) and SMED (single minute exchange of die) by experts such as Seiichi Nakajima
  • deliver public training in the U.S. on the JIT (Just-In-Time manufacturing) toolkit
  • pioneer public training and in-house use of JIT tools in Europe, Mexico, and the UK
  • conduct public industrial study missions from the U.S. to Japan
  • use the Kaizen Training format in the U.S.
  • offer in-house SMED training workshops
  • produce TPM and lean conferences in the U.S.
  • develop and offer a Lean Manager Certification Program, in conjunction with The Ohio State University (OSU)
  • develop and offer a TPM Manager Certification Program, also with OSU