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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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    The Sorry State of Customer Service

    In 1976 the movie Network was in theaters.  There is a famous scene in the film where the lead character, Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) implores Americans to shout out their windows “I’m as mad as hell, and I am not going to take this anymore.”

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    A Journey to World Class

    The Samlesbury brewery, now owned by Interbrew, has used its Asset Care programme as a key tool for pursuing cost reduction through more intensive use of plant

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    Six Factors for Sustained Growth

    #11 Innovation Newsletter

    Although middle market companies – those with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion – make up only about 3% of American businesses, this segment is a huge economic force, accounting for roughly a third of the U.S. GDP and more than 43 million jobs. That's according to the National Center for the Middle Market.*

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    The Word of The Month: Takt

    Measuring Takt time and adjusting output will allow you to: improve workflow, efficiency, and quality, understand capacity, standardize processes, and eliminate waste that can result from overproduction.

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    The Word of The Month: Kanban

    Kanban is a visual, pull production system used to manage and communicate daily project work by signaling upstream operations to deliver what is needed, when needed, in the quantity needed. Learn more about Kanban in this month’s Word of the Month.

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