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Don’t Understand Japanese Lean Jargon? Don’t Worry!

Published: April 15, 2016
Have you noticed how many Lean consultants and speakers love to spice their language with Japanese words. Words like “Kanban” and “Kaizen” have almost entered the English language, but what about “nemawashi”, “hansei”, “yokoten” and “kaikaku”? What do these terms mean and does it really matter? ... Read more

Five Reasons You Spend Your Day Firefighting and Expediting Orders – and What to Do About It

Published: February 29, 2016
Do you find that much of your day "firefighting" to expedite orders in a vain attempt to ensure your customers get what they need on time and in full? Despite your best efforts, are you constantly frustrated by the failure of your business to follow its plans, have materials and inventory where it is needed, when it is needed and the frequency at which things simply go wrong? Learn why this happens and what to do about it in our latest blog. ... Read more

Top 5 Lean Tools that You Wont Need a Lean Consultant to Implement

Published: June 24, 2015
Implementing Lean manufacturing has its challenges though and most companies engage or employ experienced experts or lean consultants such as TXM to get their Lean transformation started. However there are many lean tools and principles that you can that you can do yourself, without the need for lean consultants or internal expert. Here are five simple lean tools that you can try (you can even try them at home - they are that safe!!) ... Read more

Why Lean Business Processes Fail – Does your “Gate” Have No “Fence”?

Published: June 1, 2015
We have all read the books, we all know the theory – Lean business processes are GREAT! They cut waste, cut lead times and streamline processes. However the little secret that no one will tell you is that sometimes they just don’t work! In this blog we discuss a key reason why this happens. ... Read more