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    Lean Resources

    Here you will find a host of information providing insights into operational excellence and innovation suitable for a range of industries and experience levels.

    #6 White Paper

    Process Innovation in Action

    How R.H. Sheppard used 3P to discover a new way to manufacture. In 2012, R.H. Sheppard, a manufacturer of power steering systems and related engineered products, faced a key business decision on capital investment for one of its parts manufacturing lines that needed updating…

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    #3 White Paper

    Lean Practices Support Innovation

    To consistently drive top-line growth, leaders must commit to a disciplined and creative focus on meeting today’s market challenges while strengthening capabilities for future competitive mastery. It’s a matter of keeping the core business running optimally without losing sight of what’s on the horizon—and being prepared for and open to “creative destruction.”

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    Rapidly Reshaping Operations

    In the midst of disruption, businesses still need to operate by optimizing systems to drive out waste and improve flow. What’s changed is the need to do so smarter and faster. In this month’s What’s Up, we look at the importance of building capabilities through up-skilling and multi-skilling, and doing so rapidly…as well as highlight opportunities for educating employees.

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    #9 White Paper

    What’s Missing From Your Lean Initiative?

    TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.
    Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. 

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    Make it Visible…

    #22 OE Newsletter

    Last month saw another round of graduates from our Lean Manager for Services Certification held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Instructor and Executive Partner of Productivity Inc., Catherine Converset, spent a few minutes with us recently to talk about implementing lean in service and administrative functions.

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    7 Key Decisions for TPM Implementers

    In any TPM implementation there are key questions that need to be asked and answered. There are no right answers—they’re all “how?” questions—but if the answer to any one of them is “We are not going to do this,” then the effectiveness of your TPM implementation is in serious doubt.

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    #4 White Paper

    Kaikaku: Moving Beyond Kaizen

    Andy Meyerhofer, plant manager at CertainTeed, was not sold on the 3P process when it was first proposed as the right approach to tackle a major project. In fact, he tried to sidestep it.

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    Leadership & Hoshin Kanri

    CILC 2019 Lean Systems Summit in Portland, ME

    Recently, Productivity’s Catherine Converset, Senior Partner and Lean Master, joined forces with Bill Maxwell, President of Bill Maxwell and Associates, to present the topic of “Lean into Leading: How to integrate Leadership with the Best of Lean,” at the CILC 2019 Lean Systems Summit in Portland, ME.

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    Customer Journey Mapping

    To be truly customer service focused, it’s critical that you look at how your customers interact with your organization. In this Micro Lesson we look at "Customer Journey Mapping".

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    Reducing Product Costs

    Our client needed to find 25% more capacity in order to absorb incoming production lines into an already capacity and space strained environment. Working with the client team, here’s an overview of how we helped make it happen.

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    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is best used to measure the performance and analyze the losses on a particular piece of equipment so that they can (1) be understood and (2) be addressed.

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