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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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    CEDAC:

    A Tool for Continuous Systematic Improvement

    When you're trying to improve quality and productivity, it's essential to target the right problems, get the right people involved in solving them, and make sure the solutions work. CEDAC will help you do all three.

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    The Word of The Month: SMED

    The primary goal of implementing SMED is to downtime/process time reduction. Removing non-value adding waste from the process through shifting work performed from while a machine is down, to while it is running, results in drastic reduction in lead time, and improved process flow and customer satisfaction.

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    A Day at Engineered Profiles

    In this What's Up post, we look in on the host plant for a recent Lean Manager Certification Program (LMAC) application day and review a snapshot of 2 projects.

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