Industry Forum

Manufacturing Consultancy

Manufacturing Business Operating Environment

Manufacturing Operations is where people, processes and equipment come together to add value to material and produce goods for sale.

In a world where supply outstrips demand for many products, an organisation’s manufacturing system can be a significant differentiator in its ability to become globally competitive across the recognised dimensions of quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, product innovation and customer experience.

Ensuring that you have the right processes in place across your manufacturing operations can provide significant benefits to your ability to satisfy customer demand, your ability to bring new products to market and your ability to apply improvements and new technologies to your manufacturing operations.

If you are one of many manufacturers who are increasing automation within your factory then TPM is essential in maintaining the efficiency of this equipment whilst demand for shorter lead times and smaller batches means that lean manufacturing techniques remain as relevant now as they were when first developed by Toyota many decades ago.

Industry Forum has over twenty years’ worth of manufacturing operations experience, helping companies create manufacturing systems designed to meet their competitive challenges – get in touch with us today and find out how we can help you achieve your operational goals with our Manufacturing Consultancy services.


Within Manufacturing Operations we focus on:

manufacturing operations model

Total Productive Maintenance targets zero downtime, zero defects and zero accidents through improved equipment reliability and employee involvement.

Lean Manufacturing addresses quality, cost and delivery issues by redesigning manufacturing systems to reduce leadtimes and increase flexibility.

Six Sigma addresses quality issues through projects to reduce variation and improve process capability.

Manufacturing Leadership Development focuses on the important role of the team leader or supervisor in managing and motivating the production teams to achieve their objectives.

Quick Response Manufacturing is a strategy for reducing lead-times across all functions of an organisation. The resulting improvements in speed and responsiveness increase the organization’s agility and responsiveness, resulting in competitive advantage


Manufacturing Operational challenges and how can we help?

Topic Examples Benefit Approach
Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Autonomous Maintenance

Planned Maintenance

Focused Improvement

Training and Development

Early Management

Quality Maintenance

Cost Deployment

Elimination of equipment deterioration and increased employee involvement

Elimination of major equipment losses

Skill development

Vertical start-up of new equipment

Improved equipment capability and process control

Product cost reduction

Practical workshops and shopfloor implementation

TPM Diagnostic

Monodzukuri skill training

JIPM Assessment preparation

Consultancy support

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Lean Manufacturing Layout improvement – One piece flow cell design

Kanban systems

Changeover reduction (SMED)

Mistake-proofing (Poka-Yoke)

Line balance

Production levelling (Heijunka)

Reduced leadtimes, improved delivery

Reduced inventory

Improved flexibility

Improved quality

Improved productivity and efficiency

Improved flexibility and reduced leadtimes

Practical Masterclass and shopfloor implementation

Lean Diagnostic

Consultancy support

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Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt projects to improve quality and reduce variation Defect elimination

Process capability improvements

Enhanced process control

Green Belt/Black Belt training and project facilitation

Consultancy support

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Manufacturing Leadership Development Team Leader/Supervisor development Effective team leaders
Enhanced shopfloor teamwork
Practical workshops and shopfloor implementation

Team Leader Assessment

Facilitation and coaching

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Get in touch and talk to us

Industry Forum can provide a range of improvement solutions across your organisation’s entire manufacturing operations.  We don’t offer one single standard solution, instead we get to know your organisation, your people and the environment within which you operate before working with you to find an approach that is tailored to your requirements, meeting your specific needs and addressing your most pressing challenges.

Whether it’s Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Leadership, Six Sigma or Total Productive Maintenance, Industry Forum can provide you with a range of expertise to support initiatives from large manufacturing improvement programmes across a multi-site organisation to single projects in an individual plant. Industry Forum has a proven record of helping manufacturers of all sizes achieve their operational goals.

From design right through to implementation we pride ourselves on our ability to transfer the necessary skills to your people and to ensure that you benefit from tangible and sustainable improvements to your business.


What next?

For further information and an initial confidential discussion of your needs, please call +44 (0)121 717 6600 or email us today.



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