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This collection of articles includes an assortment of content that should be of interest to enterprise executives, operations leaders, and continuous improvement practitioners who are seeking innovative ideas, inspirations, news reports, helpful hints, professional guidance and more. Some articles are written by TBM subject-matter experts. Others are interesting, relevant articles written by other authors that we find relevant and worth sharing.

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Recent Articles

Lisa Brakewell, Railway Strategies 2014, Jun 17,2014

Lisa Brakewell, Client Relationship Manager for TBM Consulting Group,the Platinum Sponsor of the Railway Strategies Live Conference 2014, gives a personal review of the event.

Timeless Classics

Pat Panchak, Target Magazine, Oct 01,2009

Stan A. Askren, chairman, president, and CEO of HNI Corporation, says personal involvement and hard work is needed to fully understand, implement, and sustain lean.

Ken Koenemann, Industry Week Online, Apr 15,2009

A laser-focused approach to reducing inventory and streamlining accounts receivable can permanently reduce working capital requirements within a few months without delaying supplier payments or alienating customers...

Fortune, Mar 19,2006

America remains the world’s top industrial power with the help of innovators like these. Their contributions include exquisitely machined parts, nimble new software, and refinements in the art of selecting the optimum production tempo.

Archive

TBM, Aug 29,2012

2012 Perfect Engine Award Winner: Seaman Corporation: Seaman Co-President John Crum shares his insights on the coated fabric company’s ongoing pursuit of operational excellence.

Jill Jusko, IndustryWeek Magazine, Jun 20,2012

When it comes to keeping lean on track at Vermeer, CEO Mary Andringa is its Chief Enabling Officer. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, Dec 21,2011

By JAMES A. COOKE, Editor | December 21, 2011
Segmenting products helps companies better match service levels and inventory to customer profitability.

CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, Dec 21,2011

Segmenting products helps companies better match service levels and inventory to customer profitability.

Automation World, Nov 30,2011

TBM Senior Management Consultant, Keith Yeater was interviewed by Automation World. Read more… Manufacturing plant managers and Lean manufacturing experts from Honda America, Irving Oil Refinery and elsewhere share their advice for those serious about continuous improvement. The process is not always easy, they say, but the results include energized, empowered and committed employees who know they are part of helping their companies prosper.

Automation World, Nov 30,2011

TBM Senior Management Consultant, Keith Yeater was interviewed by Automation World. Read more… Manufacturing plant managers and Lean manufacturing experts from Honda America, Irving Oil Refinery and elsewhere share their advice for those serious about continuous improvement. The process is not always easy, they say, but the results include energized, empowered and committed employees who know they are part of helping their companies prosper.

Industry Week Online, Jun 22,2011

By analyzing and segmenting market requirements, a business that is truly demand driven will optimize individual value streams to match customers' unique needs.

Industry Week Online, Jun 22,2011

By analyzing and segmenting market requirements, a business that is truly demand driven will optimize individual value streams to match customers' unique needs.

Managing Times, Feb 17,2011

Free to Focus on Customers - Patrick Spear, CEO of The Identity Group, was once skeptical that lean would benefit his company. Today, he sees lean as the key enabler of growth and profitability.

Managing Times, Feb 17,2011

Alignment Specialist, Fred Sutter, President of Engineered Transportation Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of diversified manufacturer, Carlisle Companies Inc., doesn’t like to put limits on lean management — especially when it comes to serving customers.

Kansas City Business Journal, Feb 17,2011

Milbank self-appraisal adds alternative energy.

Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 14,2010

Chief Executive Magazine, Apr 26,2010

Wondering what Toyota's recent woes mean about the viability of the manufacturing movement it inspired? These three success stories suggest lean still delivers - when it's done right...

IndustryWeek, Jan 20,2010

Lean comes of age and is seen as a new management system that focuses on profitable growth by exploiting the 5Rs...

Paul Davidson, USA Today, Nov 02,2009

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — A couple of years ago, Sealy, the world's top mattress maker, pieced together beds in a sort of stutter step. Today, it's a ballet...

David Beal, Food Safety Magazine, Aug 01,2009

The quality revolution, sparked by Toyota and its ability to produce more reliable cars, has now turned its face to the food industry. Think about it - 30 years ago, a story about melamine-contaminated infant formula supplies in China would never have made...

Michael Edwards, Food Magazine, Jul 27,2009

Everyone in the food business knows the challenge of satisfying changing tastes. Food grows slowly, but consumer tastes change quickly. Few people over the age of 40 grew up with radicchio, for instance, or Viognier. Now these varieties are commonplace...

Railway Strategies, May 01,2009

After eight years the lean transformation taking place in Alstom is on track and firmly on the rails with lean partner TBM Consulting Group. Its ongoing focus on lean has resulted in some great achievements and the company continues to work hard at improve...

Pete Engardio, BusinessWeek, Mar 12,2009

U.S. companies from food makers to heavy industry to banks are cutting costs by gearing output precisely to demand. When surgical device maker ConMed decided in 2007 to streamline production, executives explored the usual options...

Ken Koenemann, Industry Week Online, Nov 10,2008

Optimizing the flow of incoming materials requires a value chain approach that evaluates the tradeoffs between truckload vs. less-than-truckload and multiple deliveries vs. consolidated milk runs...

Ken Hurst, Works Management, Jul 30,2008

What have consultants ever done for you? That's the question Ken Hurst puts to a number of manufacturers...

IndustryWeek Online, Jun 29,2008

In the quest for the lean value chain, the objective in the warehouse is no different than it is in the factory: Keep material flowing with the fewest possible touches and wasted movement from order picking through packing and shipping.

Modern Machine Tools, Apr 30,2008

Lean sigma is a business strategy that relentlessly pursues the reduction of lead time and the absence of variation throughout the value chain, ensuring Six Sigma process capabilities in business and manufacturing processes...

IndustryWeek Online, Apr 29,2008

A composer will add a curved line above or below the notes on a musical score to tell the musician to play the passage “legato,” slurring the notes together. If only you could smooth out customer demand with a simple stroke of the pen.

Brian Wall, Works Management, Apr 17,2008

TBM Consulting Group's Richard Holland believes the Best Factory Awards capture the excitement and passion surrounding manufacturing improvements...

Supply Chain Quarterly, Jan 15,2008

Companies looking to source overseas because of cheap labor may be in for some costly surprises...

Manufacturing.net, Jan 11,2008

Although many companies understand the need for planning, doing so is perceived as more difficult than dealing with the day-to-day operational improvements, and planning often goes undone or poorly done. And yet, if a company wants to truly transform, its management team must learn to plan for the future. A lean company does this planning through policy deployment...

Industry Week Online, Nov 16,2007

New study reports productivity gains in past year is directly due to lean. The results of TBM's fifth annual "Multinational Manufacturing Pulse" show continued gains in productivity primarily due to Lean, with respondents identifying the greatest opportunity...

Jill Jusko, Industry Week Magazine, Sep 01,2007

Manufacturers are showing growing support for lean accounting, which proponents say more accurately reflects activities of a lean organization...

Doug Kiss, Industrial Engineer, Sep 01,2007

Twenty years ago, global warming was as real as Santa Claus to many people...

Railway Strategies, Jul 17,2007

The recent Railways Strategies Supply Chain Conference was a big success for both the organizer and delegates...

Kristy J. O'Hara, Smart Business Atlanta, Jul 01,2007

How Michael Gerster reinvigorated WIKA Instrument to create value for customers...

Jonathan Katz, Industry Week Magazine, Jun 01,2007

Worried about how bird flu, hurricanes or civil unrest could impact a lean supply chain? Despite such inherent risks, benefits of just-in-time manufacturing may still be too much to pass up...

Yuri Kageyma, The Associated Press, May 29,2007

Zama, Japan - Like any auto plant, robots are whirring, swinging huge mechanical arms...

Peter Marsh, Financial Times, May 24,2007

China will gradually take over the role of the US as the world's largest manufacturer but will do this only by 2020...

Steven Clarksmith, Steve Hadfield and Richard Holland, Railway Strategies, May 01,2007

Alstom's Steven Clarksmith and Steve Hadfield and TBM Consulting's Richard Holland explain how Kaizen thinking is bringing significant benefits to the rail industry...

Doron Levin, Bloomberg.com, Apr 26,2007

The report that Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's biggest automaker, surpassed No. 1 General Motors Corp. in worldwide sales during the first quarter shouldn't be viewed as evidence of U.S. industrial decline...

Mike Herr, Aerotec, Mar 01,2007

John O'Dell, Los Angeles Times, Feb 15,2007

DaimlerChrysler may consider parting ways with its U.S. unit...

by Oracle, in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Reliable Plant, Feb 01,2007

Management slogans often boil down to little more than platitudes in slick consultancy packages...

Brian Wall, Works Management, Jan 01,2007

There is little doubt that many businesses carry an unnecessary burden of waste. In today's ultra-harsh economic environment, lean can eliminate this waste, making all the difference between being a success and not 'being' at all, as Brian Wall reports...

Barbara Axelson, The Manufacturer, Jan 01,2007

Who are the lean champions...