TXM Consulting Team Back in Action

Consulting Director Anthony Clyne Coaching 8D Problem Solving and how to use the fish bone diagram to solve problems via video conferencing software.

After six months of disruption, the TXM team around the world are getting close to normal business as pandemic restrictions ease. Backed by our COVID-19 safety plan, our consultants are working with clients on site in most countries. As well our expertise in remote coaching is enabling us to keep projects going where on-site work is not possible.

READ: The Six Steps to Bring Your Production Back Home

In Australia, consultants are now delivering on site at all customers outside the remaining “COVID hot-spot” of Melbourne. In Melbourne, as infections fall we are looking forward to getting on-site consulting restarted if lock down restrictions ease as expected in late September. Interstate border restrictions are also impacting our customers.

However we are able to deliver services in Victoria, WA, NSW and Queensland with local TXM consultants, while our Melbourne team are effectively supporting customers in Tasmania and South Australia using remote coaching. In New Zealand, the recent brief lock down in Auckland is expected to end on Sunday and we expect delivery to get back to normal quickly then.

In the UK and France, our consultants are back on site and almost all customers are back to full operation. In North America, the more severe and lasting spread of infection and border restrictions between Canada and the US and between Canadian provinces is limiting the ability of our team to get to site. However as the situation, particularly in Canada improves, we hope to see the team out and about soon.

Despite the difficulties of the last few months, we have been impressed by the positive outlook of many of our customers. Many businesses, particularly in manufacturing, are busier than before the pandemic. Those that aren’t are seeing the current downturn as an opportunity to review their operations and make improvements to ensure that they come out of the recovery stronger than ever.

READ: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

To find out how we can help your business recover faster and be more competitive than ever get in touch with TXM.

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First of the TXM Webinar Series – Lean for Agriculture

Over the past 10 years TXM have worked with a range of businesses in the agricultural industry applying Lean Methodologies across all the usual agricultural processes including growing, harvesting, husbandry, processing, distribution and asset management.

We have an extensive knowledge of the horticulture, egg production, wine making and aquaculture industries from leading transformational changes in Australia, North America, France, China & the UK.

In the first of a series of webinars hosted by TXM, we will present the topic of Lean for Agriculture in webinar format with a question & answer session at the end.

Tim McLean will familiarise you to the key concepts of Lean and share practical ideas you can use, whilst introducing you to case studies of TXM projects that show the massive potential Lean Agriculture can unlock for your business.

Our webinar will give you ideas to help you address these issues and many other problems you might be facing in your business such as:

  • Increasing the productivity of your permanent and temporary labour
  • Improving your yields and reducing your product losses at critical times
  • Reducing your supply chain costs from paddock to the distribution centre
  • Meeting the demanding quality and delivery requirements of your corporate retailers

UNITED KINGDOM: Wednesday 16 September 2020 11am UK Time (GMT +1)

AUSTRALIA: Thursday 17 September 2020 12pm Australian Time (AEST)

Hosted by Tim McLean – TXM Managing Director

Tim grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand, before migrating to Australia and learning Lean thinking in manufacturing. Over the past decade Tim and the TXM team have leveraged this expertise into agriculture, working with some of Australia’s largest and most productive primary producers.

In the process TXM has developed world leading expertise in applying Lean Thinking to achieve breakthrough improvements in quality, yield and productivity in major agricultural businesses.

Stage 4 Restrictions and COVID Safe Plan Procedures Being Enforced Across Victoria

 

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Need Help Crafting your COVID Safe Plan?

 

Every Victorian employer must complete their COVID Safe plan by 11.59pm Friday 7 August 2020

 

Using innovative approaches developed by the TXM team for conducting workplace hygiene audits, TXM have developed a simple and effective method to help you prepare your COVID Safe plan. Our approach involves you looking at your workplace through specific lens to identify COVID safety risks across your business. We have also complied the TXM COVID Safe Plan of best practice procedures to identify and use on site in your business to minimise the exposure risk of you and your employees’ to COVID-19.

Our approach involves a virtual tour of your workplace followed by structured process of video coaching to help you identify potential risks and develop an effective customised solution for your business.

Nothing can ever guarantee that your business is completely free of infection risk, however working with TXM to develop a COVID Safe Plan can help provide you with the peace of mind that you have done the best you can to protect your employees and the community.

If you need help identifying and understanding your risks, contact TXM for an obligation free discussion about your on-site safety requirements.

TXM Covid Safe plan process starts at $2000 plus GST.

 

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Useful Links

Victorian Government Support Packages – The Business Support Package provides more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Creating a COVID Safe workplace & COVID Safe Plan FAQs – Your COVID Safe Plan helps protect your workers, customers and visitors and to prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace.

COVID Safe Workplaces – Employee Information – Under the Stage 4 restrictions, there are new requirements for businesses. Certain services and industries will be able to remain operational and will be required by law to have a COVID Safe Plan. Employees have a responsibility to help create a COVID Safe workplace by following the rules set out by their employer.

COVID Safe Workplaces – Employer Information – Under the Stage 4 restrictions, there are new requirements for businesses. Certain services and industries will be able to remain operational, and will be required by law to have a COVID Safe Plan

Permitted Worker Scheme – Most workers will need to have a permit signed by employer and employee to make sure you have the right to move around during Stage 4 lock down. You can get the permit via the link.

New Consultant Joins TXM in France!

As part of our development in France and in Europe, we are pleased to announce the arrival of Guillaume Szewczyk as Consultant in Operational Excellence.

A graduate of INSA Lyon, Guillaume worked in the Renault Trucks factory in Bourg-en-Bresse as an industrialization engineer before joining Jolin in Wenzhou (China), to set up a Lean Manufacturing department.

He coached supervisors and department heads in Lean and Continuous Improvement techniques. Whilst in China, Guillaume then worked with a French producer of electrical equipment to configure quality assurance and validation systems for new suppliers.

Since his return to Lyon in 2017, Guillaume has been helping companies to industrialize new products and implement operational excellence procedures.

If you are based in Europe and need help to pilot Lean Transformation in your business, be sure to contact our French team on +33 805 08 11 07

Internationally Accredited Training for the ‘New Normal’

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The current climate means that you and your employees might be faced with downtime or looking to up-skill for the future recovery. This means you might be looking for workshops or courses that can teach new skills and provide you and your employees with growth and support.

A great way to support you and your employees is to educate and empower them to become better at their jobs. This can have the effect of boosting moral, increasing productivity and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Here at TXM over the past few months we have seen the need for businesses of all shapes and sizes to adapt to the ‘new normal’ this might be though a new factory layout, supply chain management, our accelerated productivity program or accredited training. Our ISO18404 Lean Practitioner Program is designed to coach you to become a facilitator of change in your organisation.

Accredited to the International Standard ISO18404

TXM have recently received accreditation from global accreditation body, Exemplar Global, to deliver Lean Practitioner and Lean Leader Courses that comply with the international standard for Lean and Six Sigma, ISO18404.

Lean Practitioner & Lean Leader are the Lean equivalent to Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt levels respectively. The ISO18404 standard will provide Lean Practitioners & Leaders with a qualification that is assessed against a globally recognised standard, ISO18404.

The involvement of Exemplar Global means that our course delivery material and assessment procedures have a clear link back to the standard and have been independently assessed by a recognised international audit organisation.

In line with TXM values, the Lean Practitioner and Lean Leader courses will be based on proven TXM Lean approaches and be delivered by our own ISO18404 accredited Lean Experts.

Who Is It Suitable For?

Participants will be assessed on the practical project work that they do in their business, meaning that they have to show that they can deliver actual results in the workplace rather than just complete paperwork and exams.

We also have the ability to recognise prior learning in our assessments, providing experienced practitioners with the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification to back up their real world experience.

When Does it Start?

Our first courses are planned to commence on the 4th of September 2020 and will be delivered live online by a TXM Lean Expert. Stay up to date with the TXM Website or watch your email for updates on course dates and times.

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Greg Kuszewski joins TXM as our newest Senior Lean Consultant based out of Perth, Western Australia.

TXM Welcomes Greg as Our Newest Senior Lean Consultant in WA

TXM is happy to announce the appointment of Greg Kuszewski as a Senior Lean Consultant in Western Australia. Greg joins TXM with a career spanning 30 years across a wide range of industries and positions from top floor to shop floor.

He started his career in the automotive industry as an industrial engineer for Nissan and has worked extensively in the automotive industry at Autoliv and Dura Automotive. Greg was taught by Lean Sensei’s in the art of continuous improvement and Lean where he honed his skills driven by the voice of the customer.

Greg also has comprehensive experience in Supply Chain Management & the mining industry. Working with the like of Greer Industries, BHP Billiton and Westrac CAT where he held Continuous Improvement Lead positions driving growth and CI culture.

He has also held positions at Price Waterhouse Cooper & Deloitte where he was responsible for providing consulting services to reduce the overall cost and improve the bottom-line profits across Supply Chain Operations.

Greg is also a well experienced trainer, facilitator and mentor who has the ability to train staff of all skill and experience levels in the application of Lean & Continuous Improvement. Based in Western Australia, Greg has developed a deep understanding of implementing Lean in a wide range of challenging environments.

Contact us if you’d like to get in contact with Greg or anyone of our team of experienced change managers and lean professionals.

TXM help boost production of essential face shields for the National Health Service UK

The current COVID-19 is throwing up some unexpected situations and new challenges and last Friday was no exception. Just as he was getting set up for a bit of work in the garden, TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean, received a call from one of our key customers in the UK.

Our customer was working the night shift helping lead a team of almost 100 people who had volunteered to help assemble 30,000 plastic face shields for NHS workers on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.

Our customer had attended several TXM Lean workshops and could see many of the problems we had talked about appearing in the face shield “production lines” – inconsistent output, build ups of work in progress and lots of non-value added time.

Over the course of Friday in Australia (Thursday night UK time), Tim coached the team in the UK using Zoom video to improve the face shield production lines.

As a result, they were able level the rate of production down the line, eliminating the work in progress build ups and resulting waiting times.

They also managed to reduce the number of people per line from seven to five opening up the potential to add more lines and increase output by up to 40%.

By the next morning the team Tim was coaching reached their target 45 minutes ahead of the other teams on the project.

The 30,000 face shields were completed and are on their way to protect health workers around the UK.

The customer is considering another “production run” and TXM have already volunteered to send one of our UK team to their at no charge to help the team to set up for Lean production right from the start.

 

TXM Developing the “Accelerated Productivity Programme” to Boost Production in the Crisis

Here at TXM we are developing an “Accelerated Productivity Programme” to assist companies to rapidly ramp up production to meet exceptional levels of demand caused directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from the face shields we are talking to food distributors and a meal delivery companies in the UK and a face shield producer in Australia.

If you are facing unprecedented demand and need help to quickly scale up. Contact TXM today!

 

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TXM Television Content Hub Launch

The world has been turned upside down with the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has seen normal ways of working changed overnight and seen many people start working from home for the foreseeable future.

Online video content has become the dominate form of online communication these days with many businesses and people opting to create video content. TXM is no different and we have been creating video content for our audience for the past 6 years.

Our content has been featured in publications around the world and is enjoyed by professional across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. The changing world has meant with more people working from home we thought it might be interesting to host Q & A sessions with our teams and stakeholders.

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These sessions are aimed at starting conversations and helping highlight the amazing work that businesses do that you might not normally see or hear about.

What can you expect:

  • Updates on best practice COVID-19 policy
  • Updates from TXM’s global offices & consultants
  • Get to know the TXM team
  • Interactive Q & A Sessions
  • Hear from local and international businesses
  • Adapting to a new reality
  • Best practice procedures in a crisis
  • Online interactive forum for discussions

TXM Television will be a chance for you to learn about our directors and consultants, the work they do, how they do it and some of the clients we work with. You’ll be able to ask questions and answer any questions you might know the answers too. It will focus on practical issues that you face. Matters like procedures and processes, segregating teams in the workplace, supporting factory leaders, working from home issues, contingency plans and dealing with COVID-19.

Currently TXM Television will be run daily sessions in a Zoom Video Conference.

Alternatively you can put a reoccuring reminder your calendar!

 

COVID-19 has changed the way we work, working from home will be the new normal for most people.

A New Way of Working

COVID-19 is real and it has impacted every country we operate in.  We are embarking on a new way of living and working.

This experience will be difficult while at the same time providing us with an opportunity to reinforce our values and redefine our character.

TXM acknowledge these are tough times for a large portion of people and business. We are here to serve and support through this new way of working and living.

 

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TXM Article: Surviving the Lock Down: Lessons From A Past Crisis

Continuing to Serve and Support You Through This

We work with a wide range of essential businesses from food manufacturers, packaging manufacturers, logistics and warehousing, retail, pharmaceuticals, mining equipment manufacturers.

TXM provide key professional services that keep these businesses running and thriving through unprecedented times.

In response to the pandemic we are ensuring the safety of our consultants, clients, and administrative employees by following strict on-site visitation guidelines plus our own proactive & robust internal safety guidelines. These guidelines leverage our collaborative association of our sister company the Best Practice Network.

At TXM we are committed to the health and well-being of our people.

We take the threat of Corona-virus infection and transmission extremely seriously. Our consulting team will be taking extra precautions outlined in this policy document.

Our Office team have a safety policy aimed to keep people safe in the TXM office and while working remotely.

We share publicly these standards in the spirit of collaboration and best practice.

Please provide feedback to these policies to [email protected] and we will reply ASAP.

 

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Only a Phone Call Away

We are working with essential businesses through the lock down by making changes to the way our consultants and admin employees work. We are still performing our core business for many of our existing customers to serve and support them through this.

We are now seeing the need for Business Continuity Planning with many businesses facing the harsh reality of business in these tough times.

TXM Article: How to Pivot Your Manufacturing

Are You Struggling to Understand What to Do Next?

This is one of the most disruptive events in recent time, how well you weather the storm will be dictated by the way you handle business in these uncertain economic times.

TXM Directors Tim McLean, Ron Spiteri & Anthony Clyne have extensive change management & transformation experience across a wide range of industries from Automotive to Pharmaceuticals and everything in between. Many Australian and international businesses will be looking to cut costs, reduce liabilities and maximise output.

We are here to serve and support you through this turbulent time. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity for some constructive advice.

 

TXM have just launched our second European office based in France, this means we will be exhibiting at our first show in France.

SIMODEC is the French equivalent to the bar turning machine tool trade show which brings together the most important national and international players in the bar turning, machining and parts production industries catering to the automotive, aerospace, railway, connector, watch and medical industries as well as all chip removal activities.

Established in 1954 SIMODEC reflects the dynamic nature and high performance of the Rhône-Alpes region, France’s leading region for the machining industry, in particular the “Technical Valley” in the Arve Valley between Chamonix and Geneva.

SIMODEC is organised every two years and is well-known for the opportunities it creates: meeting and sharing with peers, doing business, discovering innovations and research in the industry. SIMODEC is a 22,000m2 exhibition space with 18,000 professional visitors from France and abroad.

Book your FREE ticket today and come along and say hello to our French based team.

SIMODEC
France
10-13 March 2020
International Bar Turning Machine Tool Show
www.en.salon-simodec.com/
La Roche-sur-Foron
+ 33 (0)4 50 03 03 37
[email protected]