Lean Operations Consulting

Who Benefits From Lean?

Lean is not just for manufacturing companies anymore. Though the concept originated within the automotive industry, it can be applied across the board. Every business that has “flow” in the form of materials or information can adopt lean principles with astonishing results:

  • Reduced operating costs
  • Faster processing times
  • Lower inventories of materials
  • Increased value for consumers
  • Close linkage to organizational strategy

A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The ultimate goal is to provide value to the customer through a value creation process having zero waste.
To accomplish this, lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers.
Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services at far less costs and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems. Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times. Also, information management becomes much simpler and more accurate.

Lean Solutions

Delta Concepts Consulting Group help you to design and build “cradle to grave” process that generates “quick wins” and builds positive momentum for change complimented by a robust process methodology that leads to a sustainable process of on-going improvement. This allows it to become a sustainable facet of the culture of your enterprise. Some of our services include:

Lean Implementation

  • Lean manufacturing assessment
  • Value stream mapping
  • Kaizen
  • Visual factory and 5S
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Set up reduction (Single Minute Exchange of Die Principles “SMED”)
  • Error Proofing “Poka-Yoke”
  • Standard work
  • Manufacturing Process improvements
  • Management of constraints
  • Inventory Management
    • Just in Time (JIT) Philosophy
    • Buffering and stocking policies
    • Plan for every part (PFEP)
  • Developing a production system that sustains performance
  • Production Planning Process (3P)

Goal Setting, Performance Measurement and Management

Is the organization clear as to what you are trying to achieve? Are you on course?

Setting goals the same old way will get the same old results – how can the people who do real work see how things fit together? Are department goals set independently from overall company goals? What direction do we take?

Goals can’t just magically appear—they should derive from clearly linked policies deployed throughout the total organization. Instead, and in many cases, “silo-derived” goals exist within departments that are not clearly linked, drive the wrong behavior and in some cases may be diametrically opposed to the direction of the enterprise.

Hoshin Kanri—or Policy Deployment is a strategic planning process that helps organizations set direction and manage for results. It is used to formulate and execute breakthrough strategy to achieve long-term customer, employee and shareholder goals.

When the goals of each executive, each department, and each business are tied together through a Hoshin plan, a firm foundation is laid for executing successfully.

Delta Concepts can lead through every step of the way from the development of clear vision right through to the development of the balanced score cards to keep you on track allowing a robust implementation and very visible feedback of current conditions within your enterprise.

Enterprise Excellence
Are the systems and processes in place to sustain on-going performance improvement??

We can teach you how to use the tools and techniques of “plan-do-check-act” to identify changes, make improvements and if necessary course corrections on your journey while all the time benefitting from the richness of organizational learning.

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