Food Equipment Company Accelerates Lean Transformation & Immediately Sees 20% Increase In Productivity
A global food manufacturing solutions provider had been on their lean journey for many years, but they were not happy with their progress.
After closer examination, we discovered that the company lacked a standardized problem-solving process, as well as a formalized continuous-improvement organizational structure. They also didn’t have a standardized process around annual strategy deployment of company-level strategic initiatives to drive revenue growth and profitability.
To solve these issues, we first provided the company’s CEO with intermittent one-on-one executive coaching designed to enhance his effectiveness as a leader. We also conducted a Leadership System Boot Camp with the leaders of various business units. The boot camp provided the business unit leaders with tools concerning problem-solving, daily management, and strategy deployment. At the same time, our Talent Solutions team sourced and integrated Driven Lean Leaders in three key roles in the organization. We also conducted several Kaizen events that targeted bottlenecks and long setup times that impacted on-time delivery. Finally, we worked with all the business units to set up their annual strategy deployment matrix and key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive year-over-year improvements in revenue and profitability.
The company improved annual strategy deployment across all business units, enhanced problem-solving skills throughout all levels of leadership, and acquired key talent that drove lean transformation results faster. Overall productivity in the bakery systems fabrication machining center increased by 20%, while setup time was reduced by 50%.