11 Mar 2015

Manufacturers using - or considering - some form of Lean or Six Sigma methodologies to drive bottom line-improvements through improved processes will be making a beeline for National Manufacturing Week 2015 (May 26 - 29, Melbourne) for strategic advice from Bob Sproull, international expert in improving manufacturing processes at the Manufacturing Improvement Cycles - Insights from the USA presentation taking place on 28 May.

"It is my belief that you don’t need an army of belts populating your company... What you do need is a structured approach that combines your existing process knowledge to identify where best to focus your improvements," comments Mr Sproull. Bob Sproull is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Theory of Constraint Jonah - however, his NMW presentation will go far beyond these methodologies.

Bob has constructed a unique optimization methodology for manufacturers, unifying the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma that he says can deliver productivity improvements more quickly and with less risk and cost than standard Lean Six Sigma initiatives.

"Roughly fifty percent of companies using these methods are discouraged with their results and are either abandoning them or significantly reducing their efforts. There have been many reasons given for these lackluster results, but the fact is there is a problem. And in my opinion this problem comes down to a lack of focus," he comments.

Brought to Australia by ECi Solutions, industry experts providing software, e-commerce, technology solutions, and services to help independent enterprises grow and compete, Bob Sproull has been consulting to manufacturers for over 40 years.

His background includes having overseen - as VP or GM - dramatic turnarounds in three different manufacturing companies, as well as authoring three books (a fourth is underway) to help manufacturers optimise processes to improve the bottom line.

National Manufacturing Week is Australia's largest showcase of manufacturing innovation, information & inspiration. This year's event will bring together hundreds of solutions for industry in R&D, design, digital and technical innovation, as well as a world-class speakers in three separate theatres - focusing on R&D, Digital and Safety First.

Co-located with Austech, the Safety First Conference & Expo and SMART Supply Chain & Logistics Conference to bring together the broadest range of industry sectors, entry to NMW free for trade only. Register now to access updates and extra services, including My Event Planner planning tool that also puts you in contact with the NMW community.