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- Maintenance versus Production– How total productive
manufacturing can unite the shop floor and increase efficiency.
By Gregg Messel, Robert Burke and Patrick Lucansky. Total Productive
Manufacturing (TPM) is a customer focused approach to business
aimed at satisfying both the customer and the company's need.
The TPM partnership between production and maintenance is designed
to improve or eliminate the nine major categories of equipment
losses. TPM_Stamping in
pdf format (download size 530K)
- Effective Project Management – the key lean components in a regulated
By Larissa Potapchuk and Patrick Lucansky. As organizations
identify opportunities for growth and improvement, successfully
managing activities to realize these opportunities is critical
for achieving results and benefits. Effective project management
starts with the application of key principles and tools in
order to increase the likelihood of success of the initiative,
regardless of whether the intended improvements are focused
on strategy, products, processes, or technology. ProjMgmt_final
in pdf format (download size 280K)
- Quality – What does it really mean to you, your
organization and your customers? (Part two of a
two part series)
By Ian Nicholls with Robert Burke and Patrick Lucansky. Overcoming
the misconceptions introduced earlier, and creating a positive
environment, requires a formal structure of management organization,
education, communication and training. Quality
Part Two in pdf format (download size 560K)
- Quality – What does it really mean to you, your
organization and your customers? (Part one of a
two part series)
By Ian Nicholls with Robert Burke and Patrick Lucansky. Quality
means different things to different people. A hand made
shirt, a silk scarf, a designer dress, a tailored suit, Italian
leather shoes, Spanish leather handbags, a Swiss watch, an expensive
perfume, scented soap, a luxury car, a wine from a year of good
vintage and a fine liqueur are all examples of what are thought
of as quality items. Quality
Part One in pdf format (download size 313K)
- Total Productive Manufacturing: the evolution of
a maintenance based tool to a critical operational construct.
By Gregg Messel, Robert Burke and Pat Lucansky. Traditionally,
the role of maintenance has been to fix the equipment when it
broken down. This " reactive" mode means that the machine
always seems to be broke at the "worst possible time".
Manufacturing in pdf format (download - size 559K)
- Lean Pharmacovigilance: a review of the Drug Safety
process from a Lean perspective.
By Pat Lucansky and Robert Burke. Drug Safety (Pharmacovigilance)
is the practice of receiving, reviewing, assessing and reporting
adverse events from drugs produced and administered during the
different phases of clinical trials and post-marketed studies.
The main objective of Pharmacovigilance is two-fold; (1) Legislative
Compliance, Periodic Safety Updates, Registration, SERM,
Product Safety Updates, CIOMS and Medwatch and (2)
Protect the patient and the company.
in PDF format (download - size 814K)
- Back from the brink: from Simulation
to Implementation, a lean success story in
a regulated industry.
By Gregg Messel, Pat Lucansky and Robert Burke. In November
of 2001, a $100 million Division (former Shingo prize winner)
of a $2 billion Corporation, in San Antonio , Texas ( USA )
realized they needed help, they had lost their way. To
make matters worse, the management team had recently left the
company and many of the past improvements had disappeared as
Back from the
Brink in PDF format (download - size 575K)
- From Simulation to Implementation:
A pharmaceutical suppliers' successful Lean Journey.
By Robert Burke and Gregg Messel with Patrick Lucansky.
Faced with increasing customer pressures to reduce costs and
the downward spiral of sales, they had to make some immediate,
serious decisions. They realized (with the assistance of their
outside consultants) that they were overstaffed in all areas
of the business, the internal cost structure was increasing
as was the dependence on long lead times, higher levels of inventory
and high levels of scrap.
to Implementation in PDF format (download - size 916K)
- Simulation at Work: A VIP Simulation Lean Workshop
is used in this article as an example of lean training.
Business simulations help people learn to apply lean
concepts---Beyond the factory floor.
Article from Industry
Week on best practices in PDF format (download - size 900K)
- Compliant Operations: a lean approach to meeting
internal and external regulatory requirements.
By Pat Lucansky, Larissa Potapchuk, Robert Burke and Ed Pokropski. Is 'Lean Compliance' an oxymoron, or is it compliance at any cost? Can an organization be lean and compliant without compromising quality and customer service? Many life sciences organizations are wrestling with these dilemmas as profit margins get squeezed and regulatory bodies stiffen compliance requirements. Lean
Compliance in PDF format (download - size 750K)
- Lean Training... Preparing
For Success in an Organization Transitioning to Lean Management.
By Lucansky, Potapchuk and Burke. Training systems in a lean
environment are discussed with an emphasis on designing and
implementing a robust, dynamic program geared toward educating
and inspiring a workforce. Lean
Training in PDF format (download - size 594K)
- Lean Transformation... A Framework
for Making the Transition to Lean.
By Lucansky, Potapchuk and Burke. Lean transformation is a lengthy,
gut-wrenching journey for any company. The expedition can be
fraught with many perils; disillusionment, missed expectations,
cost-overruns, lost business, and worst of all, unemployment.
The authors discuss the pitfalls, benefits and methods for transforming
an organization. Lean
Transformation in PDF format (download - size 412K)
- Lean Enterprise: What is it and
why is it essential to business survival in the new millennium?
By Lucansky, Ducharme and Burke. Lean tools and techniques are
deployed throughout the business from customer service to manufacturing
to finance to distribution. Through the elimination of "waste"
(non - value - added activities) identified in value stream
mapping, companies can reap huge benefits. Lean
Enterprise in PDF format (download - size 1.4 megabytes)
- Performance Measurement Systems - why
can't we get it right?
By Lucansky, Ducharme and Burke. This article discusses the
role metrics plays in shaping and driving behaviors from a strategic,
operational and tactical viewpoint. Performance
Measurements in PDF format (download - size 1.2 megabytes)
- The Decision Making Process in the Value Chain.
By Lucansky and Ducharme. This article explores how lean companies
use the decision making process to effect change in the value
stream through traditional thought and integrated techniques
of gathering, sorting and validating information. Decision
Process - Value Chain in PDF format (download - size 400K)
- The Lean Supply Chain.
By Ducharme and Lucansky. The authors discuss how product flow,
customer demand, information flow, customer/supplier linkages
and cash flow all come together to structure, drive and control
such functions as procurement, logistics, and production providing
a seamless process. Lean
Supply Chain in PDF format (download - size 3.8 megabytes)
- Design Engineering for Lean Operations.
By Ducharme and Lucansky. In this article, the authors postulate
a lean, integrated product development process model where design
of experiments, design for manufacturing and assembly, the DMAIC
methodology of six sigma and value streaming are key drivers
through internal cross functional teams integrating customers
and suppliers. Lean
Operations in PDF format (download - size 1.8 megabytes)
- Target Costing, A total cost of ownership approach.
By Ducharme, Lucansky and Burke. With the emergence of Lean
Enterprise as a strategic initiative, organizations are developing
selling prices through a robust and cross functional analysis
of markets, competitors, products and processes. Target
Costing in PDF format (download - size 460K)
- Lean Cross Functional Team Process - what's
all the buzz about?
By Lucansky, Potapchuk and Burke. For teams to effectively change
behaviors and hence corporate culture, they must be structured
and follow a disciplined approach like the DMAIC methodology
of Six Sigma. The authors establish a format and process for
developing these high powered teams. Lean
Team in PDF format (download - size 600K)
- Lean Leadership - a model for the new millennium.
By Lucansky, Potapchuk and Burke. The classic leadership/management
dilemma is discussed. The authors pose a model for leaders to
follow to provide the necessary leadership to their lean journey.
The paradigm shift moves from a traditional, hierarchical model
to a lean structure where the leader acts as a strategic orchestrator.
in PDF format (download - size 298K)
- Lean Enterprise ...What Is It
and Why It Is Essential to Business Survival in the New Millennium.
By Patrick Lucansky and Robert Burke. Lean tools and techniques
are deployed throughout the business from customer service to
manufacturing to finance to distribution. Through the elimination
of "waste" (non - value - added activities) identified
in value stream mapping, companies can reap huge benefits. IMC_LE_February2003
(download - size 74K)
- What is Lean Enterprise ?
By Patrick Lucansky & Robert Burke. What is this thing called
Lean? Is it different from JIT, TQM, Reengineering or World
Class? Why do we need to change the way we are working, we are
profitable? Are these questions that have crossed your mind?
Many have wrestled with these and other similar concerns over
the last couple years. The first thing we need to do is understand
what Lean is all about. VIP_LE_SCP_November
2003 (download - size 182K)
- Supply Chain Redesign: Advanced
Sterilization Products (ASP), a Johnson & Johnson Company
- A success story in a regulated environment.
By Haase, Ducharme, Lucansky and Stadnick. A case study in the
redesign of ASP's supply chain process through strategic partnering
models, JIT techniques, Six Sigma and Lean concepts. ASP deployed
a structured, disciplined supplier/parts qualification process
to dramatically reduce lead - times, costs, errors and waste
while utilizing a lean supply chain simulation training workshop
to energize and motivate cross - functional teams. Supply
Chain Redesign in PDF format (download - size 1.7 megabytes)