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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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Testimonials

Over the past three months I have been concentrating mainly on changeover reduction, waste reduction and increased throughput. There has also been a challenge to behavioural patterns. All of these efforts have been using the knowledge that you gave me and I am delighted to say that all have been successful, culminating in increased throughput, less waste and an increase in OEE from an average of 78% to around 90%. There has also been a marked improvement with people issues.

Alwin Waterhouse, Improvement Manager, British Bakeries

This is the best I’ve seen this line run…I never thought we’d be able to get it up to this speed.

Operator – Bakery