business network in Western Australia
Perth will be the home of our new business network in Western Australia

The last two years have been an outstanding success for Best Practice Network. There are now well established and fast growing networks in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane boasting approaching 100 member companies, presenting over 60 events per year and making hundreds of invaluable peer to peer networking connections across industry.

Our major national members have highlighted the need for their Western Australian counterparts to be offered the opportunity to participate in the Best Practice Network. As a result, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new business network in Western Australia.

We already have four confirmed events, the first to be hosted on 14 June by CSR Viridian in Perth. Rick Terpstra will outline the National CSR Manufacturing and Maintenance  WAY – a key part of their business improvement journey over the past 10 years. Rick did an outstanding talk at the Best Practice Network Operational Excellence Summit in Sydney in February and his recent event at CSR Viridian in Melbourne was fully booked with over 40 network members filling the room to learn more about the highly successful CSR Way.

Following the CSR event we have three more events already confirmed:

  • Asahi (formerly Schweppes) Beverages in Welshpool on 25 July where the Asahi team will show off their excellent Lean systems based on Asahi’s unique operational excellence system (OES).
  • Kmart Distribution in Jandakot on 22 August. This is a brand new facility for Kmart and is setting the benchmark for distribution centre operations around Australia. A great chance to see one of Australia’s most efficient supply chains in action.
  • Australian Submarine Corporation in Henderson in September will provide a chance to learn how Lean Thinking has helped dramatically improve the availability of Australia’s fleet of Collins Class Submarines.

We are also pleased to announce that US Lean Expert and specialist on Shop Floor (Gemba) coaching, Michael Bremer will run a workshop in Perth as part of his national Best Practice Network tour in November.

We expect to announce more events over the next few months.

Visit the Best Practice Network website and subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date.

Best Practice Network provides you and your business an unparallelled opportunity to learn and find better ways to improve. This extends beyond the regular events to creating peer to peer and business to business connections that are of immense value to members. As well, as a member, you will have the opportunity to attend our national Operational Excellence Summit, attend training and see leading international speakers for free or heavily discounted rates.

Learn More About Best Practice Network in Western Australia

 

Gary Pollard - Senior Lean Consultant in Brisbane
Gary Pollard – Senior Lean Consultant in Brisbane

TXM is pleased to welcome Gary Pollard to our team as a Senior Lean Consultant in Brisbane. Gary has had a successful 30+ year career implementing business improvement across five continents and over 120 companies. Gary has outstanding coaching and change management skills along with a deep understanding of Lean developed by working alongside outstanding Lean Sensei at major global companies. Gary’s business improvement career has been committed to developing, facilitating, presenting, coaching and mentoring improvement strategies. This improvement has had a very strong focus on culture, leadership, teamwork, strategy, process, systems and work execution.

Gary is based in Brisbane and is working with a range of TXM customers in South East Queensland alongside TXM Senior Consultant Roger Crothers and TXM Director Ron Spiteri.

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Meet the Whole TXM Team

Tim mclean book coverTXM Managing Director, Tim McLean’s new book, On Time, In Full: Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Production Planning is due to be released by leading publishers Productivity Press during April 2017.

On Time In Full is a practical guide for manufacturers and distributors on how to meet a fundamental requirement – how to deliver to the customer the right product in the right quantity at the right time – every time. While the concept of on-time delivery seems deceptively simple, achieving it can be incredibly complex. This book unravels this complexity and provides simple, practical solutions that will enable every manufacturer to delight customers with reliable, consistent on-time supply at a competitive cost. It covers the end-to-end process of delivering an order to the customer, from understanding customer demand and forecasting, through production scheduling, the supply of materials and delivery of finished goods.

  • On Time, In Full directly addresses the key purpose of every supply chain – how to deliver to the customer what they want, when they want it in the right quantity.
  • On Time, In Full cuts through the theory and takes a pragmatic approach, looking for the best solutions for different supply chain challenges.
  • On Time, In Full  looks beyond the software and the math and examines the human and organisational factors that cause supply chains to fail. including managing supplier and customer relationships.
  • The book is easy to read and talks in clear language about the problems that face supply chain professionals every day – and how to overcome them.
  • The book is structured in clear self-contained chapters enabling the reader to select the topics of most interest them.

Pre-order Your Copy of On Time in Full Now

Tim’s first book, Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises has sold well over 1000 copies globally and is rapidly becoming essential reading for owners and managers of smaller manufacturing operations. Read some of the reviews of Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits:

“Brilliantly thought and composed, highly relevant, this book is a lifesaver. The writer has used easy to understand, jargon-free, simple language. The book is worth its weight in gold for its content and message.”

‘The book is fantastic because it clearly outlines the direction we need to take,  As a business employing 30 odd staff and finding it very difficult to break even, manufacturing a very wide range of products lean is essential to us to reduce rework, to become efficient and survive.”

“As a seasoned senior manager in manufacturing, I found Tim’s book a refreshing stand-out in a myriad of academic management literature to give the manufacturer a quick overview of the important things to improve his/her business performance. I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to compete in manufacturing in the 21′ st Century.”

TXM Austech 2017
The TXM stand at Austech 2015

TXM Lean Solutions is pleased to be exhibiting at Stand 503 at Austech 2017 in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 9 – 12 May. Austech is Australia’s Premier Advanced Manufacturing and Machine Tool Exhibition. Austech is the only show specifically targeted at the metalworking, machine tool and ancillary market held in Australia. This year Austech will be run alongside National Manufacturing week, providing a huge range of things for manufacturing professionals to see and do.

“TXM has featured at Austech for over seven years. The relationships we have built at the show over this time have helped us build a great understanding of advanced manufacturing, metal working and machine tool manufacture, which remains one of our core business sectors”, said Tim McLean, Managing Director of TXM Lean Solutions.

This year TXM has taken a larger stand reflecting our growing national and global presence. The stand will also provide an opportunity to highlight TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network. Leading advanced technology companies like ANCA, Form 2000 Sheetmetal, Resmed, Refuel Engineering, Hawker Pacific, Leica Biosystems and Toyota  are already benefiting the unique learning and networking opportunities provided by Best Practice Network.

Tim McLean, Director, TXM Lean Solutions said that he is looking forward to exhibiting among innovative industries and being in a trade show that demonstrates the latest developments in the Manufacturing and Machine Tool Sector. He hopes to contribute TXM’s considerable manufacturing experience to assisting advanced manufacturers to improve their operational performance through the application of Lean Manufacturing.

TXM are Australia’s leading Lean Consultants with offices around Australia and globally. Apart from working with iconic Global and Australian companies, TXM has assisted many small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) to reduce lead time, increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility and reorganize their factory layouts.

“TXM’s unique approach with SMEs has been particularly effective in the the advanced manufacturing sector, where we have been able to increase productivity by over 25% and reduce lead time by more than 50% in businesses we have worked with”, said McLean. “Most importantly, TXM is very proud to have helped unleash the potential of these businesses enabling them to innovate and grow”.

Be one of the first to obtain at the stand Tim McLean’s New Book for 2017 On Time-In Full – Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Production Planning which will be published in time for Austech 2017

Tim McLean’s earlier popular publication, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” will also feature on the TXM Stand.

TXM Lean Solutions is looking forward to seeing you at its exhibition stand # 503 at Austech 2017.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT AUSTECH 2017

2017 promises to be a milestone year for TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network. The network directors in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane already have over 60 events scheduled and national membership is already over 70 major companies.

In February alone the network has five major events including:

Attendees at the Best Practice Network Two Day Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Burra Foods in July 2016. This event was facilitated by TXM Consulting Director Anthony Clyne and Senior Consultant, Justin Tao. Members attended free of charge.
Attendees at the Best Practice Network Two Day Value Stream Mapping Workshop at Burra Foods in July 2016. This event was facilitated by TXM Consulting Director Anthony Clyne and Senior Consultant, Justin Tao. Members attended free of charge.

The summit is shaping up to be an outstanding event with over 100 confirmed attendees and presentations from some of Australia’s most respected Lean and Operational leaders.

All of these events, including the summit, are free to Best Practice Network members, who just pay a single annual membership that enables their company to attend any event in any state. Over 90% of members have signed up for a second or third year. Our recent member survey found that 98% of members would recommend Best Practice Network to a friend or colleague. Based on this, it is clear that Best Practice Network is delivering fantastic value for members.

Members also benefit from peer to peer connections, the ability to find answers to almost any business question from the Best Practice Network and TXM networks, a growing knowledge base on the Best Practice Network Website and the Best Practice Network LinkedIn Group, which is open to non-members as well.

TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network

However there is much more to come. In 2017, following on the success of the visit by Cheryl Jekiel in 2016, we are currently planning to invite more international speakers to provide members with access to world leading thinking on Lean and Operational Excellence. We also have our first confirmed event in Western Australia at CSR Viridian on June 14th and will be announcing several more over the next few weeks. We expect to have a fully fledged network running in Perth by the end of 2017. Increasingly major companies such as Parmalat, CSR and Asahi Beverages are seeing the benefits of connecting to Best Practice Network nationally and so our WA network will further enhance our national offering.

Click This Link to Contact Best Practice Network and Learn How Your Business Can Benefit from Networking.

Auspack LogoTXM Lean Solutions is pleased to be taking part in AUSPACK 2017, Australia’s largest exhibition for the processing and packaging industry.

AUSPACK 2017 will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park between 7 – 10 March and TXM will be at Stand 591

TXM Lean Solutions Exhibition Stand will showcase our considerable experience in implementing Lean in process manufacturing. This experience encompasses the food, beverage, chemicals, coatings, packaging and pharmaceutical sectors.

The stand will also provide an opportunity to highlight TXM’s business networking venture, Best Practice Network, to the FMCG and Packaging Industries. Leading companies like Murray Goulburn, Wrigley, AstraZeneca, Sugar Australia, and Ontex are already benefitting the unique learning and networking opportunities provided by Best Practice Network.

Tim McLean, Director, TXM Lean Solutions said that he is looking forward to exhibiting amongst innovative companies in the FMCG and packaging industries. He hopes to contribute TXM’s considerable manufacturing experience to assisting FMCG manufacturers to improve their operational performance through the application of Lean Manufacturing. TXM are Australia’s leading Lean Consultants with offices around Australia and globally. Apart from working with iconic Global and Australian companies,

TXM has assisted many small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility and reorganise their factory layouts. “TXM’s unique approach with SMEs has been particularly effective in the food and beverage industry, where we have been able to increase productivity by over 25% and reduce waste by more than 50% in businesses we have worked with”, said McLean. “Most importantly, TXM is very proud to have helped unleash the potential of these businesses enabling them to innovate and grow”.

Tim McLean’s highly regarded book, “Grow Your Factory, Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” will feature on the TXM Stand

TXM Lean Solutions is looking forward to seeing you at its exhibition stand #591 at AUSPACK 2017.

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The challenges of designing a supply chain that delivers on time in full every time is the focus of Tim McLean's new book
The challenges of designing a supply chain that delivers on time in full every time is the focus of Tim McLean’s new book

On Time-In Full – Achieving Perfect Delivery with Lean Thinking in Purchasing, Supply Chain and Production Planning is the title of the latest book from  Tim McLean, Director, TXM Lean Solutions.

“The title pretty much explains the theme of the book,” says Tim McLean. “It seems like such a simple concept. Your customers place an order and you deliver to them what they need when they need it. However, for a large proportion of businesses, simply delivering products on time in full every day remains a major challenge”.

Tim has spent decades in factories and warehouses analyzing why supply chains fail to deliver and the steps needed to achieve reliable on time in full delivery. He has distilled this experience into an easy to follow step by step guide to building a high performing Lean supply chain.  The book covers key topics such as forecasting, inventory management, purchasing, production scheduling, ERP systems, managing international supply chains and design distribution networks for both manufacturing and distribution businesses. It is designed as a complete end to end guide to improving your business’ delivery performance.

On Time-In Full is a Productivity Press publication which will be available in April 2017.

Grow Your Factory Grow Your Business

Tim McLean is also the author of “Grow Your Business-Grow Your Profits: Lean for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises” published by Productivity Press, 2014.

 

Operational Excellence Summit
TXM Director Ron Spiteri (centre) facilitating a group discussion at the 2015 Operational Excellence Summit

Following on from the success of the 2015 Operational Excellence Summit in Melbourne, TXM and Best Practice Network are proud to announce our second Operational Excellence Summit to be held at the Atura Hotel in Blacktown, Sydney on February 22nd, 2017.

Register for the Best Practice Network 2017 Operational Excellence Summit before 16 December 2016 and go in the Draw to Win a fully professional DJI Phantom 3 Drone worth over $1200

The 2017 summit will feature eight outstanding keynote presentations from some of Australia’s most respected industrial business leaders including:

  • Professor Roy Green – UTS Business School.
  • Rick Terpstra – National Program Manager – CSR Way.
  • Wayne Angus – National Operations Manager – Asahi Beverages
  • Will Day – Director Straining Instruments – Leica Biosystems

The day will also include structured opportunities to network and discuss the key topics and will finish with an interactive Q&A session with the keynotes.

Some of the comments from the 2015 Summit were:

The 2105 Best Practice Network National Summit was a really good opportunity for me to connect with other industry practitioners and share war stories (both good and bad) of implementing process improvement initiatives across the diverse manufacturing environments that we work in”

Joe Ovenden – Lean Manager ANZ – PPG Industries

I found the summit inspiring and a credit that the Best Practice Network team can assemble such a large group of passionate “manufacturing minds” in the one room. The environment was stimulating and speaking on behalf of my Ontex Team, we came away very motivated indeed with a number of key business improvement items.

Rod Evans – General Manager – Ontex Australia

Register Now for the Best Practice Network Operational Excellence Summit 2017

 

Cheryl Jekiel
Cheryl Jekiel

Making the most of all your peoples’ abilities, remains one of the largest opportunities to achieve better profitability, quality and service levels. This can be critical to your organisation’s survival and growth.  TXM and Best Practice Network are proud to bring Keynote speaker and leading US Lean Human Resources expert, Cheryl Jekiel to Australia for the first time to run a series of national innovative HR workshops. Cheryl will provide you with a range of strategies, methods and techniques for improving the contribution of your Human Resources, the implementation of an effective work culture and the development of your lean leaders.

Workshop Details and Registration
BRISBANE 22 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
SYDNEY 23 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
MELBOURNE 24 August 2016 – Re-thinking HR for Your Operational Excellence and Culture Change
MELBOURNE 26 August 2016 – Strategies and Insights for Developing Your Lean Leaders

Our facilitator Cheryl Jekiel, brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognised field of work. Ms. Jekiel has over 20 years of manufacturing experience. Previously, Ms. Jekiel worked for a Chicago food manufacturer as the director of Human Resources and completed her employment by serving for five years as the Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Jekiel has developed an expertise in Lean Manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean Cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean Culture to obtain new business. Her Lean experience has been greatly enhanced with her active involvement with the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), which has included board roles for the National board as well as Regional Midwest Board in the USA.

Hall of Fame
The TXM team at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Dinner

TXM Lean Solutions are delighted to be selected as Finalists for the Professional Services Award at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. TXM was nominated by the Australian Industry & Defence Network(AIDN), the peak industry association for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to do business in the defence and security sectors.

TXM Managing Director, Tim Mclean said that “reaching the Finalist stage at the 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame clearly recognises TXM’s valuable contribution in working with companies to enable them to innovate and grow in the manufacturing sector in Victoria. Increasingly we are an international business working across industry in sectors such as Oil and Gas, Logistics and Industrial Services, however we are all manufacturing people and our heritage is in manufacturing. We are immensely proud of the contribution we have made to Victorian manufacturing and very grateful to the industry for the exciting and challenging careers it has provided us.”

TXM has worked for over a decade assisting hundreds of Victorian and Australian manufacturers large and small to improve their competitiveness using Lean thinking. TXM has assisted hundreds of manufacturers, large and small to increase productivity, reduce waste, improve customer service, increase flexibility and reorganise their factory layouts. Most importantly, TXM has helped unleash the potential of these businesses enabling them to innovate and grow. Several of TXM’s customers have doubled their sales following implementation of TXM Lean business processes.  It has also helped develop a generation of Victorian Lean Leaders, both through coaching at the enterprise level as well as through the Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence programs we have presented for over five years in collaboration with Geelong Manufacturing Council and AIDN-Vic.

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame has been established to publicly acknowledge excellence in Victorian manufacturing and to promote this excellence to a global industrial market and the general public.

All companies nominated for Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognition must have a manufacturing plant located in Victoria or demonstrate specialist design services directly connected to Victoria’s manufacturing industry.

TXM has been active in the manufacturing community with memberships of AIDN-Vic, Austmine, AMTIL, SEMMA, AME and ISPE. TXM Directors regularly present free seminars and workshops as well as sharing practical ideas to improve manufacturing performance through our popular on line videos and blogs www.txm.com.au