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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

    Making Sense and Saving Cents at Sensus

    A key part of convincing management to take on any new endeavor is being able tostate the benefits to the company.  Let’s face it, upper management speaks another language and uses a different set of metrics, than what is spoken and used in operations.  In order to capture their attention, you too must speak and present in their terms.

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    The Use and Abuse of OEE

    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is fast becoming a widely used measure for the manufacturing industry, but it is also one of the more misunderstood and misused measures, causing much confusion...

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    Lean Pharmaceuticals, Lean Labs—Lessons Learned

    #08 OE Newsletter

    In the past few years, as the pharmaceutical industry has come to grips with patent expiries, declining revenue, increasing global competition, aging infrastructure, and widely publicized quality problems, more serious lean efforts have taken root at companies across the industry.

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    Profiles in Growth, 2014

    #17 Innovation Newsletter

    Growth and innovation are the mantras in just about all companies, but what kind of growth is “good” growth, sustainable growth? And what are the keys to it? We found some insights in a new Inc. research study of more than 100,000 U.S. midmarket businesses.

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    Reducing Product Costs

    We helped a major U.S. household products manufacturer reduce product cost by 14%.

    We worked with client teams to analyze their existing state and equipment...

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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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    Visual Systems Work With Standard Work

    As part of your lean initiative, it is important to develop a system for visually organizing the workplace to create a common language that allows all employees to identify process abnormalities and make improvements.

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    Many organizations think implementation of a Kanban system is a must, but it is important to understand that Kanban pull is not the preferred methodology for controlling production or replenishment in the value stream.

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