Lean Thinking

When we think about the words Lean Thinking or Lean Manufacturing it can conjure up various emotions based on our experiences. The feeling of love it or hate it, understand it or don’t understand it, it’s for automotive it won’t work for us, all those Japanese words, encounters of bad and good implementations.

However, taking all those emotions in account, there is one thing for absolute certain, if it’s done well it delivers exceptional results. You must be committed with flawless execution and it’s not easy else everyone would be doing it.

“there is one thing for absolute certain,
if it’s done well it delivers exceptional results.”

Lean Thinking is not just a set of tools and techniques to be applied at every process within your organisation, this has a limited result! Lean Thinking is about changing the story of you, your business, your people and the community around you. It’s about learning, doing, problem solving, Innovation, Growth, Strategy, looking at your business through your customers eyes.

A Lean Strategy that develops your Competitive Advantage and Customer Value will make you more agile than your competitors and ensure year on year growth. Over the 25+ years working with Lean for Production and Services, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints we have created our unique Lean Coaching Programmes and TCM-E5 Methodology (Examine, Evaluate, Engineer, Execute, Expand) that enhances your businesses DNA that delivers measurable and sustained business performance.

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TCM-E5 Methodology Examine, Evaluate, Engineer, Execute, Expand
Companies that fully commit to Lean and our TCM-E5 Methodology dramatically outperform their competitors over time. In getting as close as possible to where your work is being done, leading from the ground up to first find what your real problems are, you can then face and resolve the underlying challenges.

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Lean Benefits – But how?

  • Quality performance, fewer defects, errors and rework (internally & externally).
  • Improved Work Flow.
  • Lower Levels of Inventory.
  • Greater levels of Stock Turnover.
  • Reduced Lead-times
  • Less Space Required.
  • Reduce Costs
  • Higher efficiencies, more output per person hour.
  • Improved delivery performance.
  • Increased Agility and Flexibility
  • Greater Customer Satisfaction.
  • Improved employee morale and involvement.
  • Improved Supplier Relations.
  • And more..

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Everything you do must ADD CUSTOMER VALUE, If it DOES’T ADD VALUE IT’S WASTE. If it’s waste, it will impair delivery to the Customer. If it’s waste, it’s adding cost. If it’s waste, it’s causing frustration on the front line. Utilising our TCM-E5 Methodology (Examine, Evaluate, Engineer, Execute, Expand) mixed with Lean Strategies means you and your business maximise your opportunities in creating measurable and sustained business performance.

Lean Manufacturing - Waste Elimination

Recognising that “the market determines the selling price and that levels of profit are determined by your costs” is fundamental to understanding what is required to make a business successful. Look at your processes through your customers eyes, specifying value from your customers point of view.

If you can operate a system containing processes which achieve excellence in these 7 areas of performance…


…you can be confident that your company and its products/services will be able to compete in world markets. The operating processes of your business are the wealth-creating processes and also the processes which consume the majority of the resources, so they are a good place to start.

Our Lean Interventions

As part of our continuous support to the SME Sector we offer monthly payment plans on certain interventions to help spread your costs and manage cash flow. To qualify you have to be a SME with Fewer than 100 employees and a turnover less than or equal to £10 million.

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  • General Communication and Awareness Training, Specialised Training for Practitioners, Learn by Doing Modules – Project led Coaching. Set the focus on the right things: performance improvement, problem awareness, solving problems the right way, and developing your people.
  • This can be Daily, Weekly, Monthly ensuring you have access to a specialist skill set to help reduce costs and grow your competitive performance.

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  • A VISUAL tool that shows ALL elements that go into a making product or service as it progresses through the value stream, i.e. PROCESS (how it’s made), MATERIAL (Is it pulled or pushed), INFORMATION (what to make & when)
  • Why Value Stream Map? Improve the total product or service process – NOT JUST ISOLATED AREAS, Focus on costly wastes OVERPRODUCTION & INVENTORY by following flow, Looks at ‘VALUE’ through the customers prospective.

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  • VA/VE workshops focus on reducing costs, improving function or both, by way of teamwork-based product evaluation and analysis.
  • This workshop methodically evaluates the product in a range of areas. These include costs, function, alternative components and design aspects such as ease of manufacture and assembly.

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  • S.M.E.D. is the reduction of tool changeover or resetting times to within a single digit number of minutes (9 or less).
  • Objectives: More frequent changeovers, Increased flexibility, Reduced batch sizes, Increased capacity

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  • Short, High Impact improvement projects have a specific objective, this may be, 5S and Visual management of an Area or Pilot Cell, Process Improvement, Layout Optimisation, TPM Activity, Supply Chain Improvement and more.
  • The intervention consists of Training, Planning, Current State Analysis, High Impact Focused Activity, Follow-up and Close off of Actions.

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Business Assessments & Diagnostics

are vital for many things in our lives, diagnosis for illness, troubleshooting for defects, the morale of your employees so why should it be any different regarding our business as a whole.

Managing Business Performance

Control Rooms (sometimes called Operations or Improvements Rooms) promote the coordination and implementation of key business objectives

Training and Development

Effective training conveys relevant and useful information that informs participants and develop skills and behaviours that can be transferred back to the workplace.