Consultants in Lean & Manufacturing Strategy
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Lean Facilities, Manufacturing & Operations Strategy
Lean Manufacturing & Operations
Lean is about eliminating waste. It consists of a set of attitudes, philosophies, principles, analysis tools and specific work structures that form a production system. Lean is, essentially, a prescriptive or pre-packaged Manufacturing Strategy that fits many (but not all) situations. At Strategos, we try to take a pragmatic and flexible view.
Here you will find many articles explaining Lean
Manufacturing and Operations as well as the various elements. There are
tools for analysis, downloads of Excel templates and forms. There are
simulations and many real-life
Facility Planning & Plant Layout
(land, buildings, equipment) provide the physical capability to add
value and create products. The most common manifestation of
facility planning (or lack thereof) is the Plant Layout. An effective layout incorporates and enables the manufacturing strategy on which it is based. Lean strategy starts with workflow and
workflow is the result of process and layout. Mr. Lee has authored two books and many articles on Plant Layout
and Facility Planning. His approach is organized, practical and systematic.
Manufacturing & Operations Strategy
Manufacturing Strategy flows from the premise that a factory design, as any engineering design, is a compromise between competing objectives and various constraints. We can optimize the design for one or two objectives (such as cost, quality, delivery, new products) but not all. Manufacturing Strategy starts in marketing. It asks questions such as:
The answers to these questions lead to the "Key Manufacturing Task(s)." Manufacturing must excel at this task to win orders in the marketplace. The task may be cost, flexibility or another of several dimensions. From this Key Manufacturing Task, a set of policies flow that guide daily operations and decisions for purchasing equipment, setting priorities or designing a plant layout (for example).
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Normalization of Deviation
After the space shuttle Challenger exploded on 28 January 1986, an investigation revealed a long list of contributing factors. Beyond the technical errors was a socialogical phenomenon that become known as "normalization of deviation." It occurs in the absence of structured problem solving and in a wide range of situations. Our latest article explores this phenomenon as it related to Challenger, shows howmight have prevented the disaster and illustrates its occurrence in manufacturing.
For more than 25 years the Strategos team has helped clients understand and improve business and manufacturing operations. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, we travel the world for training and consulting. More about Strategos>>
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Lean Manufacturing Consulting
Use the Past–Manage the Present–Prepare the Future
Our mature and experienced consultants offer more than just technical expertise. Through hundreds of projects we have learned how to build consensus and merge our knowledge with the more detailed knowledge of the client's personnel. Use Consulting for:
• Intractable-Recurring Problems.
When problems seem to recur every few weeks or every few years, it is a strong indication that the root cause has not been found or corrected.
We can help your team identify the root cause, develop permanent solutions. At the same time they will be learning the skills necessary for continued problem-solving.
• Disagreement/Strong Opinions
Widely Diverging/Strongly Held Opinions
Organizations frequently have individuals with strong, differing and/or opposing opinions. This can paralyze action or lead to conflicting actions, decisions and policies. Or, it can lead to unwise strategies.
The consultant is in a unique position to discover new facts, explore different perspectives, inspire creativity and gain consensus.
• Too Much Agreement
Too Much Agreement
George S. Patton said "If everybody's thinking alike, nobody is thinking.
This is known as "the Abilene Paradox" and is often found in companies with strong cultures. It may come from a corporate culture that emphasizes cooperation, civility and agreement at any cost. It can also arise when a company or industry has enjoyed great success and the attitudes, techniques and values that created that success have been institutionalized but are no longer valid.
• Once-In-A-Decade Designs
Some types of projects such as a new facility plan or Manufacturing Strategy development are so infrequent it is rare that a company has much in-house experience.
A consultant can help to guide such projects effectively. These types of projects ideally meld the experience and detailed knowledge of those in the company with the wider ranging experience of the consultant.
• Developing In-House Expertise
Developing In-House Expertise
Consulting combined with training is often the best approach for developing in-house expertise. "Book learning" has its limitations and a consultant can notice subtle effects or unusual phenomena that would otherwise create problems.
This is particularly important in Cellular Manufacturing where worker attitudes and inclinations play an important role. Small changes can make the difference between success, failure or sub-optimization. Many other areas of Lean are similar in this respect.
Sound Theory—Practical Execution
Strategos consulting projects range from quick assessments to the planning of major factories, offices and warehouses. We can guide the development of your Manufacturing Strategy at the highest level or assist 5S on the factory floor. We can execute all of the work or guide a mixed project team. Strategos Consulting>>
Strategos Lean Training
Give your people the skills to solve their own problems. We provide lean training that addresses the specific situations they face every day. Often with a case study from your own facility. The result is a trained cadre of employees and an actual:
Strategos training employs proven principles of Adult Learning. It is full of videos, dialogue, exercises and experiential learning. Instructional methods alternate frequently to maintain interest and address the learning modes of individual participants.
Our "Learning Team" approach engages participants, increases discussion and allows for large overall sessions (50 or more). Standard Lean Training Programs >>
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