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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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TPM Development Program:

Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

This book outlines a three-year program for systemic TPM development and implementation. It describes in detail the five principal development activities of TPM...

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The Improvement Strategy “Trinity”

In a memorable scene from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” one of the bad guys challenges Indiana Jones to a sword fight. As the challenger brandishes his sword in preparation for battle, Indiana sizes him up for a moment, then just pulls out his gun and shoots him. Duel over.

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Teams Motivate Employees To Improve Service, Cut Cost

In this month's From the Archives,"Teams Motivate Employees to Improve Service, Cut Costs," Banc One Corporation shares their timeless story of how identifying and solving service problems allowed them to reduce rework and correct errors, which led to reduced costs, improved bottom line sustainability, and greater customer satisfaction.

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The Word of The Month: Poka-Yoke

Mistakes are a part of the human condition. We all make them. The key is not to let them turn into defects that get into the hands of the customer. That’s where Poka-Yoke comes in - a funny sounding word that means "mistake-proofing." Learn more about Poka-Yoke and how it can provide 100% source inspection to any step of any process.

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The Word of The Month: Reliability

The probability that (the processes within) a system, or service will satisfactorily perform its intended/designed function/task for a specified time, and in a defined environment.

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