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TXM E-News May 2012 – Continuous Improvement – Lean Capital Investment – Lean Leadership – Productivity

Strong Interest in TXM Lean Manufacturing at Austech 2012

The Austech 2012 and National Manufacturing Week 2012 Exhibition at the Sydney Olympic Park was another outstanding success for TXM. We got the chance to meet leaders from over 120 companies across Australia and New Zealand and learn about the challenges that they are facing in their operations today.more...

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement – Lessons from Elite Sport

Many companies that approach TXM tell us that they want to create a “culture of continuous improvement. Some people tell us that “Continuous Improvement” and Lean Manufacturing are two different things. So what is a “culture of continuous improvement”, what does it mean and how does it differ from Lean Manufacturing? The behaviour of elite sporting teams provides a good model of continuous improvement that can be adapted to manufacturing and other businesses. More….

See Also : Implementing a Robust Problem Solving Process

Smart Capital Investment – Lean Thinking First – Chequebook Second!

In manufacturing, technology constantly changes. New technology usually offers the opportunity of increased efficiency and lower costs to the machinery we have today. However technology is expensive and increasing the fixed asset base of the business means that returns also have to increase. Businesses need to ensure that the cash provided to them by banks and shareholders is used in the most effective ways and generates returns that justify the risks taken by the investors. Unfortunately manufacturing does not have a great track record in achieving outstanding returns meaning that many businesses struggle to attract investment. more….

Lean Leadership: You Can’t Recruit Your Way to Success

One of the most important skills in business is the ability to attract and select good people. In fact, in my time as a manager I decided that the single most important decision I would ever make is whom I gave a job do. The importance of this decision may lead some to think that the answer to a business’ problems is simply to recruit the best people and actively manage out people who do not perform. Sadly in our experience, this approach is frequently a root cause of business failure rather than success. more…

See Also: Getting Lean to Stick

The Missing Metric – Productivity

In many of the companies TXM has visited over past number of years, productivity measusre are very hard to find. When enquiring about productivity, we are more often presented with a profit and loss statement, rather than a true ratio of operational efficiency. more..

TXM News and Events

TXM Opens Offices in Sydney and Brisbane

After seven years as a Victorian based business, TXM has recently moved to expand its national presence establishing offices in Sydney and Brisbane. The business has for several years managed projects in these states out of Melbourne. However the establishment of offices signals our intention to expand our presence and increase our competitiveness by being able to provide high quality local resources to support these important markets.more…

Ron Spiteri Joins TXM

TXM is pleased to announce the recruitment of Ron Spiteri to the TXM team. Ron will support clients in New South Wales and Queensland, providing TXM will a permanent presence in both of these markets and signalling our arrival as a national business more…

 

TXM Lean Manufacturing to Feature at Austech 2012 – Stand C123

Leading Australian Lean Manufacturing and Project Management company TXM will demonstrate how lean manufacturing techniques can help Australian advanced manufacturers become more efficient during Austech 2012 in Sydney, stand C123 from May 8th to May 11th 2012. more..

TXM Learns Lean Manufacturing Perspectives On GMP and Pharmaceuticals at Beijing ISPE Conference

As a sign of TXM’s commitment to the pharmaceutical industry, three of the TXM team attended the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) China Conference in Beijing on April 16-17. Like all ISPE Conferences this one was well organized, well attended and had a very high quality content. more…

TXM Visual Planning Board Clocks Up Seven Years in Operation in China

TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean, returned to the location of his first ever lean consulting project at Funwick Manufacturing’s Fire Extinguisher manufacturing plant in KunShan, China last month. Over the seven years since Tim first worked with Funwick, the business has seen many changes of personnel and equipment and had relocated to a new site. However Tim was pleased to see that key elements of the lean planning systems that he established with the Funwick team in 2005 were still in place more…