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Lean Equipment Management
Are you spending too much time focusing on programs and activities at the expense of results?

Sistemas Visuales para Mejorar la Efectividad del Equipo
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Lean Equipment Management

Are you spending too much time focusing on programs and activities at the expense of results?

Equipment-intensive businesses cannot compete without reliable equipment. Improvement programs and activities often take too long and require a leap of faith. Competitive manufacturers and facilities will have to find new, innovative, and increasingly flexible ways to make their equipment more reliable to stay ahead of the competition… with fewer people than in the past. There is a critical skills shortage breaking over the horizon. Many companies have already been hurt by productivity losses because of skilled employee turnover and retirements. It will get worse before it gets worse unless positive steps are taken starting today.

Strategic Work Systems, Inc. continues to focus on the people-side of world-class manufacturing and maintenance for our 15th year. Our methods are based on proven principles: Focus on results and change the culture along the way (SM) and Total Productive Maintenance, the equipment-side of Lean Manufacturing.

Lean Equipment Management uses common-sense approaches for eliminating equipment losses, improving manufacturing throughput and eliminating wastes associated with equipment problems to reduce costs and improve on-time delivery. At the heart of LEM is Teamwork and Leadership Focused on Common Goals for fast, focused and sustainable results. Because traditional maintenance addresses less than 10% of the major equipment-related losses, a broader, team-based approach is critical. Using the Pillars of Total Productive Maintenance coupled with a compelling business case for change, LEM has proven records of well over 1000-to-1 return on the investment with our clients in the past 10 years.

New for 2006

  • PIT Crew U and Lean/LEM: a unique "pit crew" experience for teams in Race City USA  (Mooresville, NC, 30 miles north of Charlotte)
  • Lean Equipment Management workshops and consulting
  • NASACR Racing: a Model for Equipment Reliability & Teamwork
  • Focus-on-Results Maintenance & Operations Skills Development Methods
  • Spanish workshops in our NASCAR Racing Model and 5S training

(SM) "Focus on results and change the culture along the way" is a service mark of Strategic Work Systems, Inc.