TXM E-News July 2014 – Visual Controls – Robust Lean Processes – Audit your Audits – Lean Thinking Seminar
Welcome to the TXM Newsletter for July 2014!
… and we hope your Lean Journey is moving along nicely! Remember that regardless of whether you are moving forward in leaps and bounds, or simply completing one small action each day, as long as you and your team are talking about continuous improvement and taking action you will continue to improve.
In case you have missed them. here are our latest TXM Lean videos, articles and news items to help you along with your Lean projects. Please feel free to share this inspiration with your colleagues.
The challenge many businesses face is how to sustain lean manufacturing. Initial improvements may be impressive, but they are not sustained and soon things go back to where they were or even worth. This video talks about how to sustain lean manufacturing year after year.
Visual controls are simple visual cues or signals that tell us the current situation and enable us to make decisions based on facts. Visual Controls are everywhere in our everyday life – we need to make sure we use them in our workplace as well.
It is that time of year when many of us take a well-earned Winter break and it is hard to clear our work calendars to allow us to have time away from the office. But what an opportunity this presents our businesses – how does our business work while we are away? Have we set up systems that are robust enough to work well, regardless of whether we are there or not? Here are five questions to check if your Lean Processes will survive your holiday..
We know that audits are an important part of sustaining our Lean systems. But they are often the hardest part of implementing a new system and are easy to let slip, which results in systems that fade rather than embedded into our daily and weekly business processes. Here we will discuss the top three tips for auditing your audits and making sure your team is getting the best out of these unique opportunities to work on the business.
Learn how Lean Thinking can be a lever for business growth at a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) seminar in Sydney on 29 July at 6.00pm to 8pm. TXM Managing Director Tim McLean will explain how manufacturers need to look to Lean as a lever for growth and a source of competitive advantage, not just a cost reduction tool.
TXM is pleased to welcome Craig Hou as our latest Lean Consultant in China. Craig has had a ten year career implementing Lean in a wide range of industries including lean leadership roles at ASE, Delphi, Colorcon and Kaelus. Craig is based in our office in Shanghai and will work along Justin Tao and China team to support our fast growing range of customers across China.