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KICK ASS LEAN

by Brad Cairns 15. April 2016 07:26

Let’s face it, there is a reason you are taking the time to read this:  it’s time to start kicking you know what !

I know you can all relate when I say manufacturing in the wood industry is a tough grind.   After all, we are already doing everything we can to be successful, what more can there be?

 At IWF this year I am going to prove:

·         The factory that you believe is bursting at the seams still has lots of floor space

·         Your full production schedule can easily accommodate another 30%

·         You can cut in half that inventory you think you need

·         You can divide your lead time by 2,

·         It’s possible to have a fully engaged workforce!. 

 Ok enough with the fancy words, did I say “fully engaged”?  What I meant was a team that gets great joy from utilizing their skills to make a positive impact on their daily lives.  How many team members can say that they helped turn a company around? Or take a good company to a great company?  These are the kind of experiences that are required to change a plants culture, and it’s not as hard as it sounds.

I confess, I’ve had a wood manufacturing company for the last 25 years, and I did most of those years the hard way.   The turning point was my introduction to what is commonly referred to as “Lean Manufacturing”.  If you have heard of this concept and have someone telling you that it’s hard or complicated, keep walking.  Lean done right should be fun and bring pure joy to everyone involved.

 In this presentation of KICK ASS LEAN, we are going to cover:

·         Who the principles best apply to

·         What the principles are

·         When is the best time for a Lean Journey

·         Where do you get started

·         Why you should do it …… and of course I will include “how”!

 This presentation is not meant to be a teaser, it is my goal to give you specific and relevant information that you can take back to your factories and apply immediately.   You are going to leave prepared to start or continue the best journey of your life.  You will walk out of IWF at 5:00pm ready to KICK ASS.

The next post will include resources that would help gain insight and get the wheels turning when it comes to Lean.  

If you have any questions comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  My E-mail is brad@signaturewoodsystems.ca and I personally answer every email that comes my way.

 

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