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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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    Our most popular resources

    Embrace the Enemy?

    In all too many instances, there are complaints that accounting departments are a barrier to the Lean transformation. There is even a movement from some proclaiming that traditional accounting methods are too contrary to appreciate the benefits of lean and a newer approach referred to as “Lean Accounting” is the answer.

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    Quantum Leap Yield Improvement

    Production Preparation Process (3P)—Milestone 13
    In the highly competitive world of vinyl siding production, “process yield is king.” A fraction of a percentage point change in yield traditionally is very difficult to attain let alone sustain. So you can imagine what was going through one plant manager’s head when he got the news that yield had to improve 2.4% above last year’s performance.

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    Cell Makes Quote Process Flow

    From the standpoint of a Lean manufacturer, the process of producing a part quote is no different than actually making the part. You think in terms of flow, value-added, teamwork, and multi-skilled employees for both processes. In this month's From the Archives, read how a division of Aeroquip significantly improved their Customer Service team's response time and reduced the quote-processing cycle time.

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    The Word of The Month: Flow

    Making operations flow in manufacturing and administrative operations is key to consistently and continuously meeting customer demand. In this month’s Word of the Month we look at the seamless linking of people, material, and information and some of the tools of flow.
     

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    Company Finds That Teamwork Serves Customers, Stimulates Employee Creativity

    This month’s From the Archives illustrates the powerful benefits of collaboratively involving customers in new product development and subsequent sharing of improvement ideas. Though not referenced by name, the article also reflects the Obeya approach to facilitated project management, as well as elements of 3P, EEM, and Maintenance Prevention Design.

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    Skills Development for Fast Learning and Rapid Results

    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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