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Improvement Toolkit

Matching the tools to the losses
When choosing the right tools to make improvement, look closely at what the best businesses use. The key is to match the tools to the losses:

–  If efficiency = 70%, why worry about 6 Sigma?
–  Have you matched Speed v Potential
–  What are the causes of Availability loss? High frequency low impact requires a different approach to low frequency high impact losses.

A simple manufacturing improvement toolkit focused on the right problems with the right people will make a difference.

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Knowledge Base

Know your Lean from your Six Sigma?
Manufacturing improvement requires 3 things – inclination, time and ability. Beware of Magic Bullets, new tools where old ones did not work, and competing dogma (Lean v TPM v 6 Sigma) – the tools are often common, just termed differently.

Check out our Knowledge Base for a definition of Lean and Six Sigma, and ways to avoid 5 Classic Efficiency mistakes.

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I assumed that if the machines were running, everything was fine. It has really opened my eyes. Personally, it has given me a new lease of life.

Paul McCarthy, Engineer, Dalehead Foods

"I am amazed at what has been achieved in 5 weeks. I'm very impressed that such an approach can make fundamental changes in a mature environment with a lot of closed thinking. I am now totally convinced..., and will support the rollout across all the businesses under my control"

Supply Chain Director, Asia Pacific, major Multinational Food & Beverage Company