We hear a lot about lean leadership. Hundreds of books (including Mr Covey’s), seminars and experts telling you how you should be a better leader. So what is special about a Lean Leader and how do you become a Lean Leader? Firstly, you can’t change who you are as a person – your underlying values, your personality. A lot of managers attempt this and end up simply coming across as unconvincing or worse, untrustworthy. So you can’t change who you are, but you can change what you do
The team at TXM are constantly asked for advice on plant layout. Relocating provides the best opportunity to reduce waste by improving layout, but improvements can also be made without moving sites. We recommend some simple guidelines when deciding where to put things in your plant.
The Lean principles are so often attached to the manufacturing of goods such as cars, white goods and furniture however when we look at and office or an individual at a desk producing reports,budgets or plans. Lean principles are often not applied, Why not?
At the beginning many people find the idea of a 5S program to be stifling. Poorly designed and executed 5S programs can indeed be stifling to an organisation because it requires items to be Sorted and then Set. This involves decisions about how things are to be sorted out and that “one way” we will need to organise an area that suits everyone. A 5S program requires new standards to be designed and these 5S standards are the foundation of continuous improvement and a prerequisite in transition to a lean enterprise. So to help with developing your 5S standard here are 3 guidelines to ensure success
Beckers Group is a leading global manufacturer of high quality industrial coatings. TXM has worked with Beckers over the past two years to use lean manufacturing techniques to improve their lead time and reduce their inventory. Beckers now can consistently offer the best service in the market with a 60% reduction in lead time from their previous level. Even better the reduced lead time has allowed Beckers to reduce their inventory by 50%.
A highlight of the Austech 2013 exhibition in Melbourne this May was learning that one of our customers, Ronson Gears, was the winner of the Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award at the annual Endeavour Awards. The award recognised for implementation of lean manufacturing that directly lead to increase in sales exports and productivity.
Anthony will be running an interactive workshop on 2 July at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East. The workshop provides a unique opportunity for Lean Co-ordinators and Lean Managers working in China to learn from one of the most experienced Lean experts in the Asia Pacific region and to share their own experiences and the challenges of implementing change through Lean.
In response to demand from TXM customers, we have now established our first Lean Consulting office in Perth, Western Australia. This reflects our growing base of customers in WA and the growing interest in lean in both the Resources and Manufacturing industries in WA. After a long seach, we have have been fortunate enough to secure the services of Marcus Ward to lead our Perth Office. Marcus has 8 years of lean consulting experience after starting his lean journey with over 13 years in a wide range of roles in Toyota in Europe. You can learn more about Marcus on his consultant profile.
TXM Consulting Director, Anthony Clyne, is among the invited international speakers at the Lean Enterprise China 2013 Summit in Shanghai on July 4th and 5th 2013. Anthony and China Consulting Director, Justin Tao, will share case studies and advice on implementing lean in process manufacturing industries.
TXM celebrated the milestone of exhibiting at our fifth Austech/National Manufacturing Week show with record numbers visiting our stand at the Austech 2013 Exhibition in Melbourne last month. Almost 200 manufacturers from a huge range of Industries across Australia visited the TXM stand over the four days. Manufacturers facing a high dollar, high wages and rising energy costs are continuing to look to lean manufacturing as a way to stay competitive and grow their business in challenging times.