After a long hiatus TXM Lean Solutions will be back in front of customers at PPMA 2021. The UK’s Premier Processing and Packaging Machinery, Robotics and Automation Show.

The PPMA Show 2021 brings together every aspect of the production line from labelling, filling & packaging to process, robotics, automation and industrial vision systems. It will showcase machinery and solutions for the many sectors involved in processing and packaging.

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 Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Building Supplies & Materials, Confectionary, E-liquids and a whole lot more.

Registration for the show is free, so be sure to sign up and visit the TXM Team at Stand F80

TXM Europe SAS Welcomes Jimmy Sterner

Even with the continued period of unknowns across the globe with the Ever Given ship stuck in the Suez Canal causing major shipping delays or the lockdowns experienced across much of Europe at the moment. TXM Europe SAS is happy to announce the arrival of new Swedish consultant – Jimmy Sterner.

Jimmy Sterner joins TXM Europe SAS with over 35 years experience in production and plant management across Northern Europe. Jimmy is also a well seasoned and experienced Lean Consultant with Lean and Six Sigma experience in senior roles with-in manufacturing, supply chain and global operations.

Jimmy started his career with global beverage container maker REXAM where he gain experience in production and plant management. After 20 years with REXAM Jimmy worked with ConvaTec & SWEP International applying Lean across a number of business functions.

After 20 years with REXAM, Jimmy worked with ConvaTec where he started as a Technical & Production Manager whilst also coordinating the transfer to a new facility. His next project with ConvaTec saw him implement Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma across their headquarters in Denmark.

At SWEP International he implemented a sustainable Lean culture for growth across the supply chain with a focus on manufacturing. Jimmy also established and secured business with external stakeholders. He applied Lean & Six Sigma at all levels, whilst implementing quality systems to support SWEP International’s growth.

After 7 years with SWEP International Jimmy became a Lean consultant specialising in Executive level Coaching, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen, SMED, Quality, Continuous Improvement and Change Management.

As a Lean champion Jimmy see’s it as his mission to create growth and profitability through continuous improvement, including development of people, processes, teams and organisations in parallel with technology and quality for internal and external stakeholders.

Jimmy is based in Skane County, Sweden and is highly skilled to be able to take your business to the next level. Contact TXM to find out how to get Jimmy on-site to your business.

 

Bruno Dury Joins TXM In France

Bruno Dury joins TXM with over 30 years experience in Lean & Operational Excellence implementations.

TXM Lean Solutions are pleased to announce the appointment of Bruno Dury to our French Team. Bruno joins TXM with over 30 years of industry experience across France as a Lean/Operational Excellence Consultant.

Bruno has over 30 years experience in process improvement and transformation starting his career with Areva in the Nuclear Industry where he honed his skills as a Method Manager. Bruno has since worked at Alstrom where he was Lean Leader & implemented the APS (Advanced Production System). It is a continuous improvement approach based on the principles of Lean Manufacturing and run by over 350 people across multiple sites.

Bruno then worked at General Electric responsible for coordinating quality assurance and the establishment of 3 units across the Villeurbanne and St Priest Sites. Whilst head of the quality department he oversaw 15 employees looking after customer quality, production quality, supplier quality and quality assurance.

Bruno will be helping our clients across Europe with a focus on France. His extensive experience of Lean and Operational Excellence will be invaluable for our clients and wider consulting team. We would like to welcome Bruno into the TXM Team!

If you would like to speak with Bruno or would like him to assess your business give TXM an obligation free call or submit an enquiry.

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.

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.

How Do I Participate

The course is currently available to our clients as an additional extra on top of your Lean deployment. It can be a great way to train employees in Lean to accelerate your Lean deployment and up-skill your teams. Alternatively we can run the course in-house for multiple people.

Contact TXM for more information.

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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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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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.