Gembutsu Consulting Adds 'Operations Turnaround' to its Lean Manufacturing Services

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Gembutsu is a lean manufacturing consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington. Recently, the company added "Operations Turnaround" to its portfolio of lean manufacturing services.

Gembutsu Consulting is a lean manufacturing consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington. Recently, the company added "Operations Turnaround" to its portfolio of services. Peter Kropf, MBA, Managing Partner, commented on the expansion of services: "We are finding an increasing need in fast growing industries to quickly expand output or dramatically cut lead-times in the face of a competitive pressures."

The need for such a rapid, often unexpected, change is usually driven by two reasons. First, the company may be growing very quickly as a result of an unexpected jump in demand. Second, a manufacturer may be faced with some type of competitive pressure. This pressure is usually global in scope and may be the result of a new foreign competitor who had not entered entering the market.

In either case, quick and dramatic change is required for short and long-term success. By using the company's top operations talent and employing traditional lean manufacturing principles such as the Kaizen philosophy method, pull systems and quick changeover of tools or SMED, the renowned Toyota Production System (TPS), Gembutsu is able to dedicate world-class operations talent and resources to a client site, thereby making significant positive changes to output and lead-time.

Again, Mr. Kropf: "The key is not to start from scratch, but to deploy lean principles on the equipment, processes and people already in place. By working closely with the company's upper management, changes can be achieved quickly with very positive results."

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