Get a Free TXM Book at AUSPACK 2022

We’re back exhibiting in Melbourne, Australia at AUSPACK 2022.

This will be out first exhibition since July 2019 in Australia, it’s great to be back! Meeting with Australia’s Premier Food, Beverage and Packaging Manufacturers. TXM will be at the show listening to the key note speakers and meeting with likeminded professionals.

TXM Lean Solutions will be advising customers on how to make the most of their current and potential investments in packaging machinery as well as advising on layout development, Supply Chain Management, continuous improvement and the latest in Lean thinking.

Come down to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 17 – 20 May and visit TXM Lean Solutions at Stand C254, mention this article and claim your choice of book.

Attend AUSPACK2022 Exhibition for FREE! Make sure you come see us at booth C254 to collect a copy of Tim McLean’s book ‘Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises’ or ‘On Time, In Full’


Introducing TXM Multifunction Visual Management Boards

An example of the large visual management board with customised logo and department name ready for use in manufacturing and office settings.

TXM is famous for our expertise in Visual Workplace Management delivered through our highly effective Lean Daily Leadership Process®. Now we can offer the hardware to back this up with three new customisable visual management boards launched on the TXM E-Store this month.

These new board designs have been developed with customer input to create an effective visual system to improve work place processes. The E-store now offers a 5S System Board, a Large Visual Management Board and a Small Visual Management Board. The boards are designed to enable teams to communicate the status of their area quickly and clearly. They will help communicate problems and solutions for all to see during meetings making them more efficient and effective. Anthony Clyne, TXM Director has been instrumental in developing these visual boards

5S System Board

An example of a 5S System Board customisable to any department in manufacturing or office settings.

“This board is used to visualise the system of 5S within an area and defines who owns what area” says Anthony. TXM Practical 5S® workplace organisation is a simple, practical approach delivering sustainability by sorting out, setting in order, shining and checking, standardising and sustaining. Practical 5S® uses visuals to achieve its goal of a standardised system used by every stakeholder in the business. The new Practical 5S® board can be used to display before and after improvements areas as well as 5S issues and audit performance. “It is based on individual ownership and is often used to display one area at a time” says Anthony. “The 5S board is a key part of a sustainable Practical 5S® system” says Anthony

Visual Management Board for Lean Daily Leadership Process®

These new boards comes in two sizes. “These board designs been developed following years of hands on client experience”, explains Anthony.

The steel visual management boards allows magnets to stick and a eraser ball film is laminated over the board so it can be written on with white board markers. This board can be attached onto a wall or can be used with a free standing frame.

“Visual management boards enable quicker, more productive meetings by providing teams with the information they need in simple, easy to understand format that everyone can see. Visual boards can be integrated alongside with electronic screens. The manual white boards providing a provide a simple quick meeting forum while the electronic board can manage the task completion as well as detailed data analysis outside the lean daily leadership process” says Anthony .

“This board maintains the personal engagement element of a meeting. It enables people to agree on actions without hesitations, eye contact is maintained during whiteboard meetings while electronic based meetings tend to have people looking at screens. Magnetic concern strips adhere to these boards and can be easily updated by many people at the same time during a meeting” says. Anthony

How to Identify If Your Visual Management Board Really Works?

A Visual Management Board should contain three elements: standards, problems, and actions.

  • Standard: In Lean, we set target performance as the standard, rather than average performance. The standards should be clearly indicated on the board, which tells how things should be if everything is perfect.
  • Problem: What is the problem? Problem is the deviation from standard, either actual performance (e.g. lower than target), or the standard itself (improper target); One operations manager in an ice-cream factory told me that there’s no need for improvement as their efficiency is more than 120% every day. After my observations they had twice the number of operators than was needed on the production line.
  • Actions: Countermeasures to a problem should be taken when there’s a problem. A Visual Management Board without action is definitely just a show board. How effectively the problems are addressed, and the actions are carried out, represents how efficient your organisation is.

“All these elements help the user to understand what’s actually going on in the work area. Only by making the things visible, it is possible to identify the deviations (problems) and quickly address and solve them”, says Justin Tao, TXM Senior Consultant.

What Does a Good Visual Management Board Look Like?

“At TXM, we believe that a good Visual Management Board should match the 31-second rule” says Justin:

  • In 1 second, it can tell us if it’s normal (everything is fine in the work area), according to the standards (target or plan); The work area should “talk” to you in simple terms. Usually, companies use green to represent good status (e.g. hit the target, on time), and use red to represent problem status (e.g. lower than the target, delayed);
  • In 10 seconds, it tells us what the problem is if it’s not normal.
    At TXM, we use magnetic concern strips to record and manage problems.;
  • In 20 seconds, it tells us what action is to be taken, who is responsible for this and what support is needed. Problems without actions, or actions without checks, are a waste to have on the board!

A Visual Management Board will help communicate between users and viewers and make the Lean Daily Leadership Process more efficient and effective.

To learn more about the new TXM range of Practical 5S® and Lean Daily Leadership Process® visual boards and to purchase one for yourself, visit our E-store.

Roman Bulgakov Joins TXM North America as Business Development Manager

TXM North America is pleased to annouce the appointment of an experienced Business Development Manager to service our growing number of American and Canadian clients.

Roman Bulgakov joins TXM as Business Development Manager North America. He has more than 20 years of solid experience in sales development within the OEM and manufacturing environments.

His business acumen covered a diverse range of responsibilities in business development from sales optimization to managing current accounts, as well as establishing new ones. Roman has a meticulous nature that suits a range of critically demanding roles for ensuring the effectiveness of the development strategy and the focus on set targets.

Roman has been responsible for developing a multitude of initiatives that have contributed to catapulting to the next level the successful dealings with major clients including Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, Magna, Linamar, SNC-Lavalin, and CN just to name a few. The extent of Roman’s expertise covers sales, marketing, customer service, technical, project management and makes him a leading force for the growth of the North American Market.

He holds a Degree in Economics and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Russian. His demonstrated ability to analyze and nurture business opportunities contributes to TXM’s constant commitment to outstanding customer satisfaction.

Taking place from 04-08 April 2022, MACH is the platform to connect UK manufacturing engineers, decision makers, buyers and specifiers with suppliers of new technology, equipment, services and processes.

With live demonstrations and a host of experts to meet, it is the ideal opportunity to get a full update on the latest developments in all aspects of production machinery and technologies.

TXM Lean Solutions will be advising customers on how to make the most of their current and potential investments in machinery as well as advising on lean layouts and the latest in lean thinking.

Attend MACH2022 Exhibition for FREE! Make sure you come see us at booth 19-318 for your chance to collect a copy of Tim McLean’s book ‘Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises’.

Come see us at booth 19-318 between 4-8 April and mention this article to claim your FREE Lean book.

Adept Supply Chain Specialist Brings Wealth of International Knowledge to our Queensland Team

Kelly Pierce Joins TXM with a wealth of international knowledge and coaching experience.

TXM Lean Solutions Australia are happy to announce the appointment of a highly experienced coach and educator joining our team in Brisbane, Queensland. Kelly Pierce brings a wealth of knowledge from international supply chains.

Kelly Pierce joins TXM Lean Solutions Australia with over 12 years’ experience working for international warehousing and logistics companies across the United States, Europe and most recently Australia.

Originally from Washington D.C., Kelly went to Auburn University in Alabama to study International Business, focusing on Supply Chain Management and Spanish. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science & Business Administration, she worked with one of the world’s largest logistics and warehousing solution providers, CEVA Logistics, where she held a variety of roles across the supply chain.

Whilst at CEVA Logistics she delivered Lean theory training in 9 countries, in English and Spanish to warehousing & transport businesses ranging from telecommunications, food & beverage, medical devices, mining equipment and automotive industries.

Since moving to Australia, Kelly has worked as a continuous improvement specialist and project manager for Toll Logistics and Primo Foods driving business improvements focusing on better efficiency and more streamlined processes throughout the supply chain. Kelly was the master-mind behind the Primo Project Management Methodology which is a driving factor of Primo Small Goods success.

Kelly is based out of Brisbane and joins our growing team of highly experienced Senior Consultants in the Brisbane Metro Area.

Experienced International Supply Chain Expert Joins TXM New Zealand

Peter Sutcliffe joins TXM with over 30 years’ of supply chain managment experience.

TXM New Zealand are happy to announce the appointment of an highly experienced & knowledgeable supply chain expert to the team. Peter Sutcliffe joins TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand with over 30 years’ experience in FMCG manufacturing, spending the last 20 years as a Supply Chain Manager & Consultant across the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Originally from Derby, United Kingdom. Peter studied PhD level Analytical Chemistry at the University of Manchester where he worked across multiple FMCG supply chains. Since moving to New Zealand Peter has primarily worked as a senior supply chain professional and consultant.

Peter has worked with some of the UK & NZ’s largest food suppliers including Countdown Supermarkets, Villa Maria Estate, Griffins Foods, Delmaine Fine Foods, Tasti Products and Packaging Giant Amcor. He has extensive knowledge of supply chain management and continuous improvement, applying his knowledge as a supply chain professional across the FMCG & Packaging industries.

Peter has the ability to consult on supply chain issues and has extensive experience implementing continuous improvement in varied supply chain environments. Contact TXM Lean Solutions New Zealand for more information.


TXM North America Adds Lean Consulting Capabilities in San Antonio, Texas

TXM North America are proud to announce the commencement of an experienced Senior Lean Consultant based out of San Antonio, Texas. Welcome to the team Macro Cabello. Marco Cabello joins TXM Lean Solutions North America with over 30 years’ experience as a senior engineer and Lean Consultant & Coach

Marco Cabello is available across the Southern States.

Marco has worked at some of America’s largest companies including Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell, Merck and Shell. He has held a range of positions including Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Six Sigma Implementation Leader, Operations Manager, Toyota Kata Coach and most recently as a director applying his extensive knowledge and experience to businesses in the San Antonio Area.

Marco has led multi-site, global, Lean Six Sigma transformations in oil & gas [Shell, Chevron], medical devices [Johnson & Johnson], healthcare [Johnson & Johnson], automotive [Allied Signal, Honeywell, Alcoa Fujikura] and pharmaceutical [Merck] realizing substantial process & operational improvements and significant cost reductions.

He has also developed his own Lean system at Secabell Systems incorporating Lean Management, Leader Standard Work, Toyota Kata, TPS, Operational Excellence, Six Sigma, TQM, and Project & Program Management to address the pervasive challenge of “how to effectively lead an enterprise while at the same time continuously improve its core processes”

Marco has extensive experience to transform your business and can speak English and Spanish, so is well positioned to help our clients across Southern America and Mexico.

Two UK TXM Senior Lean Consultants Hit Five Year Milestone

Here at TXM we pride ourselves on having a team of consultants who are happy, productive, and loyal. In our Australian business we have several consultants who have achieved 5 years or greater and the UK is no different. Our UK business has been steadily growing and building its presence with the help of our Business Development Manager Lester Troughton and his team of three experienced Senior Lean Consultants.

Tim Scurlock on-site at Hazchem Safety.

TXM Lean Solutions UK Ltd and the worldwide team would like to congratulate Tim Scurlock and Lee Candy for achieving 5 years at TXM. They both join several consultants and staff who have been with TXM Lean Solutions for the long haul of five plus years, accomplishing some amazing results for their clients and helping grow TXM across the globe.

Tim Scurlock joined TXM with over 20 years’ experience working extensively in the Automotive Industry in the UK for General Motors Vauxhall. Tim has worked in both Manufacturing and Service industries, in driving efficiency, running Lean programmes, and training teams of Lean Coaches. He has learned to apply Lean across almost every industry sector.

Tim’s experience speaks for itself, he has completed over 90 projects with TXM including Gusto, Safpro, Lexon and Hazchem Safety. Tim is one of our most experienced consultants and has the ability to transform businesses in any industry with his expertise and knowledge.

Lee Candy on-site at Broadfix.

Lee Candy joined TXM with over 15 years’ experience with extensive knowledge from working as an internal Lean leader with Eaton Corporation and Tyco as well as a Lean consultant. During his time as a Lean consultant Lee has helped hundreds of small to medium-sized businesses grow and develop their competitiveness. Lee has been a consistent achiever for his clients, always delivering achievable, sustained growth.

Lee is another of our UK Consultants achieving 5 years at TXM and over 80 projects under his belt including Tracerco, Conveyor Units, SDS Protections and Broadfix. We would like to take the time to thank Lee for helping TXM grow and prosper in the UK market. He has helped us achieve results that matter to us and our clients.

Here is to 5 more years and beyond with Tim and Lee helping us growing in the UK with the help of our Business Development Manager Lester Troughton. Contact us if you’d like Lee or Tim to help you achieve increased profits.

TXM Lean Solutions Welcomes Experienced Commercial Manager to Oversee Growing Business

TXM has grown steadily over the past two years despite the pandemic, numerous lockdowns in our markets of operation and supply chain disruptions across the globe. It has been a huge team effort from our full-time staff and consulting team to continue to provide Lean consulting in these unique and challenging times.

TXM would like to welcome Timothy Lakeman to the TXM Head Office in Melbourne, Australia as our Commercial Manager. Timothy joins us with over 20 years’ experience working in small & medium size enterprises throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and India in a variety of industries including Media, Construction, Manufacturing and Technology.

Timothy’s international experience will allow TXM to grow in our markets of operation and help us setup in future locations. Timothy can draw on his in-depth financial understanding from being an experienced Chartered Accountant & qualified Master of Business Administration.

Timothy’s passion for business stems from having observed his entrepreneurial father in many businesses over several decades. This fuelled his commitment to ensure all businesses that he works with have a thriving business.

Outside of TXM Timothy also enjoys coaching junior basketball at domestic and representative level. He also loves experiencing new cultures and ways of life when travelling with his wife and two children.

TXM Senior Lean Consultant Brent Johnstone Achieves 7 Year Milestone

Our team in Australia consists of 11 Senior Lean Consultants across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia with the ability to service South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The majority of the team have been with us for 5 or more years is no small achievement and is testimate to the way we live and breathe Lean into everything we do at TXM and respect for our people is a major part of our DNA.

Brent Johnstone joined TXM with over 30-year manufacturing experience, starting as a cadet engineer with Aerospace manufacturer, Hawker DeHavilland (now Boeing Aerostructures Australia). Brent completed trade and professional qualifications in Mechanical Engineering as well as being trained by Japanese Lean specialists at Boeing in Sydney, where Brent was Lean Transformation Manager. Brent also held a wide range of senior operational and design leadership roles.

Since joining TXM Brent has worked with major clients including Rode Microphones, GME, SG Gaming and EBOS-Symbion. He has also worked on many small and large projects across New South Wales. He has helped grow TXM in NSW and we are glad to have someone with his skill set and expertise on the TXM Team.

TXM Lean Solutions and the whole world wide team would like to congratulate Brent on 7 exemplary years with TXM and here is to 7 more.