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Welcome to the TXM Newsletter for March 2015

As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, we hope you have a chance to have a break over Easter and be ready to continue with your Lean Journey on your return. Here are the latest TXM videos, articles and news to help you and your team achieve your Lean goals for 2015.


TXM Lean Minute Video – Manufacturing Agility Process

TXM has adapted proven Lean value stream mapping techniques to work for complex, customised and low volume production processes.The Manufacturing Agility Process enables companies to streamline these complex processes in order to reduce lead time, increase agility and grow their. business. Watch this TXM Lean Methodology Video to learn more about the Manufacturing Agility Process.

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TXM Lean Minute Video – How to Lead Lean Culture Change

To truly sustain Lean you need to create a Lean culture in your business. In this Lean Minute video, Ron Spiteri explains how to change everyday behaviors in your team to support a Lean culture.

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Change Lean behaviour Lean culture


Creating a Standard Lean Workstation

When a team of craftsmen come together to discuss their needs for a standard lean workstation, you can imagine the struggle this can be for a team who is just starting on their Lean journey. Our craftsman work in a low volume, high mix industry.  Designing a standard Lean workstation is the first steps towards developing work standards. Here are the three key steps in creating a standard lean workstation.

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standard lean workstation with good practical 5S

The Metrics of Concern Strips

Across manufacturing sectors we are living in a data-rich world, which is both a blessing and a curse. Data can take many forms and often changes as the needs of business change.  At one end of the spectrum we have hand-drawn, manually collected metric charts. These progress all the way to advanced MRP systems that can turn reports in visualisation resources to make graphs of anything you want, but too much data quickly becomes noisy and un-actionable, so which metrics do you need to focus on? This article will focus on the metrics and systems we create around Solving Problems Every Day (SPED) and Concern Strips as the key element of SPED, including Time to Resolution, Time to Respond and Escalations.

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documenting anexculation process is an important part of SPED 


Tim McLean Interviewed by The West Australian Newspaper

TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean was recently interviewed by Sean Smith, the business editor of The West Australian newspaper in Perth. Tim shared his optimistic view of the future of high technology manufacturing in Australia.

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Tim at AME

Join a North American Lean Study Tour and the 2015 AME Conference

Best Practice Network and TXM are pleased to partner with Leveraged LEAN in hosting a group of 10 Australian and New Zealand manufacturing practitioners on a benchmarking tour of some of North America’s best Lean plants. The tour will run from 10-16 October 2015.

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North American Lean Study Tour

Learn about 3D printing at the Next Best Practice Network Event

Come and see how one company, Invetech, are utilising 3D printing as an integral part of their product development processes. The next Best Practice Network event will be at Invetech in Mount Waverley on Wednesday 22 April 2015.

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Tim McLean Talks with Fudan University in China about Lean

TXM Managing Director, Tim McLean, was privileged to have the opportunity on 19 March to present to the Manufacturing Club at the Fudan University School of Management. Fudan University has one of the most prestigious MBA programs in China and the Manufacturing Club included Managers from major global companies such as Unilever, United Technologies and Magna Corporation..

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Fudan University MBA
Well, that’s it for another month! Remember – your TXM Lean consultant is only a phone call away, so give us a call and let us help you!Regards,The TXM team

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