Improving processes to reduce inefficiency and waste
Continuous Improvement demands keeping a constant eye on operational processes to ensure their complete efficiency. In complex production environments, processes involve hundreds of variables, each of which has the potential disrupt the efficiency of the operation if it is mismanaged or miscalculated. For this reason, Myrtle is always focused on helping our clients achieve Process Excellence. We do this through a variety of methodologies designed to address your specific operational challenges.
Lean Manufacturing Deployment
Finding efficiency by removing waste
The core premise of lean manufacturing is quite simple: eliminate, through a thoughtful and rigorous analysis, any activity that is not adding value from the customer’s perspective. It is a systematic approach to eradicating waste (MUDA) in the form of protracted set up times, poor work methods and housekeeping practices, unbalanced workload and material accumulation, high defect rates, poor quality, high inventory levels, high process variation, etc. Through lean manufacturing, the final result is improved efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. Myrtle knows that no matter how streamlined or clean a process is, it can always be better. Our team works to assure that all resources are being optimally allocated and utilized. We do this by first assessing the organization’s Lean Maturity State and then by employing tools and techniques of lean manufacturing that eliminate waste, organize systems and establish new standards. Myrtle gets down to the granular by finding efficiency, removing wasteful steps and making sustainable changes that reap major savings.
Six Sigma Deployment
Data enhances operational performance
Six Sigma is a disciplined, systematic and statistical modeling of manufacturing processes with the ultimate goal of 99.99966% of all opportunities being defect-free. Developed by Motorola in the 1980s, it has since been adopted by major corporations around the globe including General Electric, Honeywell and Allied Steel. Six Sigma’s methodology recognizes and exploits a company’s capabilities through well-controlled, statistical analysis. There is no guesswork involved as the methods of Six Sigma are quantifiable and verifiable. This disciplined improvement system follows a defined sequence of steps which achieve stable and predictable results with a measurable reduction in process variation. Myrtle will train selected members of your organization in the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) process. Following our team’s intensive training and coaching, your company’s processes and/or products will be at Six Sigma quality levels.
Theory of Constraints
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link
A choke point, or constraint, can restrict the output of an entire system. Paradoxically, this constraint can also be the primary leverage point for improvement. The Theory of Constraints is a process of identifying the constraint (choke point), developing practical and effective solutions for the constraint and restructuring the organization around it. Myrtle’s proprietary OEE/Choke Point Methodology prioritizes the choke points that are limiting OEE while simultaneously focusing on other assets in order to establish a system that is working together as an integrated whole. Our proven OEE/Choke Point Methodology employs the tools that measure and control constraints and provide a comprehensive solution for those companies requiring an end-to-end transformation.