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There are 3-Prerequistes for Lean
Manufacturing Success

                 Value stream Mapping, 
                                      Historical Gap Analysis,
                                                  Implementation Planning

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If you've ever said, "There must be a better way" ... there is, and it's not more computerization!

Does your company need to increase speed, improve quality while reducing none-value-added costs?

Is customer satisfaction important to you company's future?

Does your team want to eliminate the high cost and mega stress of  end-of-the-month scrambling, fire-fighting, and problem finger point-ing?

Do you want to gain control of your day-to-day activities and create a fun work environment with a reduced stress level?

Does everyone want to reach their full growth and earning potential?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you no doubt will find value for whatever time you spend reviewing the content of this web page. If you are in search of a better way to run your business, you have come to the right place. Here you will find the details of our Manufacturing Assessment and Planning Project.

There are 3-Prerequistes for Lean
Manufacturing Implementation Success

                 Value stream Mapping, 
                                      Historical Gap Analysis,
                                                  Implementation Planning

Not all of company improvement activity leads to bottom-line results. What is worse, some improvements do not always add value to the customer. Some efforts are nothing more than cost reductions that create roadblocks to implementation success. Value stream mapping is the best method for guiding the process of continuous improvements while increasing customer value.

The most value in value stream mapping is being able to see and understand the whole value stream process. Departmental cost reductions are usually quick fixes accomplished at the expense of others and eventually are lost due to inadequate process management. Mapping helps to prioritize kaizen efforts aimed at making a bigger impact for customers satisfaction instead of just a shotgun approach. Finally, value stream maps help everyone agree on the current state and what their future state would look like. With this shared vision, everyone begins to move forward as a team and implementations exceed expectations.

Your Manufacturing, Black Belt Program Leader

Mike Osterling, Lean Facilitator Certification by University of Kentucky, Lean Manufacturing Black Belt and CPIM certified by APICS.

Co-author of the how-to book "The Kaizen Event Planner: Achieving Rapid Improvement in Office, Service and Technical Environments." Co-developer of the Lean mapping tool "Metrics-Based Process Mapping: An Excel-based Solution" Both published by Productivity Press. For a more compete biography of Mike, click here.

Day 1. Management Team Training-Forum

*  Tour of factory and support departments
*  Select product line and establish project guidelines 
*  Value stream mapping and gap analysis review and discussions
*  Manufacturing principles and techniques review and
*  LEAN vs. MRP Participative exercises demonstrating the
    benefits of  lean manufacturing manufacturing. (Optional 
    depending on type of business)

Day 2-3. Value Stream Mapping

*  Working with the management team, Mike guides them through
   a manufacturing assessment via our value stream mapping
   process. The Objective: Create their "Current State" map.

Day 3-4. Gap Analysis and "Future State" Map

*  Working with your management team, Mike guides them through
   their    gap analysis and the development of their "Future State" Map

Day 5. Finalize Manufacturing Map and Tactical Plan

*  Working with your management team, Mike guides them in
   finishing their Manufacturing Map and the development and
   documentation of their Manufacturing Implementation Plan.

Manufacturing Success Implementation Plan

Transforming from the "Current State" Map to your "Future State" Map will be a journey requiring sustainable implementation and tenacious perform-ance management. The rewards of implementation of the plan will be many and your management team will take pride in: 

* Successfully implementing a change initiative to improve their operations performance... Benefit: Greater contribution to their company's bottom line.

* Improving the quality of communication and speed of execution of customer requirements improving customer responsiveness and satisfaction... Benefit: Additional "supplier of choice" awards from existing and potential customers.

* Executing of proactive, continuous improvements to increase and accelerate positive change ... Benefit: Increased speed, improved quality and the elimination of non-value-added activities and related costs.

* The implementing of a motivational performance management system improving the spirit and morale of individuals, teams, and organizations.  Benefit: Retention of critical knowledge and skills of "high contribution" employees via reductions in workplace stress and improvement in organization morale.

Our Company

For more than 15 years, our 1700 plus customers and 15,000 plus
Manufacturing Forum members have looked to Business Basics as a trusted developer of lean initiative training materials... knowledge and implementation know-how that's helping individuals and companies exceed their goals and expectations.

Our customer list speaks for itself. These companies are serious, as we know you are, about optimizing their company results and improving their bottom line. To review  a partial list of Business Basics’ customers simply   click here.

What Does All This Cost?

Much less than you would imagine. In fact, we make your project affordable so that it can fit within your company's training budget. We want you and your company to learn how to get lean and/or leaner and the best way to do that is to make it affordable. 

Manufacturing Assessment
and Plan of Action

Project Facilitator: Mike Osterling

Our typical "Manufacturing Assessment, Gap Analysis, and Implementation Plan" budget would be for 40 onsite hours, with price held to a fixed fee of $9,500.00 (plus minimum traveling expense). 

Our Guarantee Says it All

Believe this, we will never consider your purchase binding until you have reviewed the finished project. We are certain that you will be thrilled with
the results. In fact, we are so convinced that the assessment, gap analysis, and implementation plan will work for you that if you aren't completely satisfied for any reason at any time during the project, simply halt the project and we'll return your fee. You simply can't lose.

One of our satisfied clients said it even better than we can …

"The Manufacturing Assessment and Action Plan was a key contributor to a successful return to profitability at Eaton Leonard Technologies after we purchased the company out of bankruptcy. Stillman and Gaw, Inc. contributed greatly to improved manufacturing performance and a successful financial turnaround.."

                                      Bill Zimmerman, CEO, Zimmerman Industries

Remember, if you continue to work the same way, you're going to get the same results. The next move is up to you. We've shown you that our Manufacturing Assessment, Gap Analysis, and Implementation Plan is as risk free as an offer can come. 

How do we get started?

Congratulations, if you have read this far, you must be seriously considering getting some outside help in your pursuit of higher growth and earnings.

A pre-assessment meeting is suggested to assure that there is mutual understanding and agreement about:

The structure and objective of your program
*  The level of involvement and commitment required
*  Team members' roles, expectations and selection

Our preference is to meet with the Owner/CEO and Operations leader at the factory site where the proposed project would take place. A morning "get acquainted" meeting and plant tour is usually sufficient to cover the above subjects and establish mutual understanding of project objectives and expectations. If agreement is reached and the project is approved, a project time schedule is established. 

If the factory site is in Southern California, there is no charge for this meet-ing. If it is outside Southern California, we ask that the potential client to budget for travel expenses. 

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