Integrative Improvement Blog

The integrative improvement blog discusses and provides commentary on the latest topics in the business performance improvement sector.

3 unexpected benefits of a data-driven approach to asset utilisation

The extent to which asset utilisation is beneficial depends on the business model, but research has revealed one important conclusion: whether average asset utilisation is low or high, companies that have improved on it delivered, on average, 7.6% more value to shareholders per year than those with declining asset utilisation.

Driving top-line growth with effective organisational design

A poorly designed organisation is like a colander: you can pour your best talent and hours of effort into it, but much of this capacity will leak through the holes or be used up trying to plug the holes. A well-designed organisation uses its talent effectively and limits the waste that occurs. So, what then, constitutes good organisational design?

Why it’s time to rethink your approach to asset lifecycle management

Rising asset capital cost and complexity have resulted in a surge in operational and financial risk. This has intensified pressure from shareholders and regulatory bodies to improve asset lifecycle costing and reporting. Fortunately, by following a total asset lifecycle management approach, you can better manage your assets for long-term business competitiveness.

How to use digital lean to fast-track transformation

With the advent of digital manufacturing, traditional lean is being catapulted to another level. A recent study indicates that traditional lean’s focus on shop floor execution has become too narrow for today’s complex, linked value chains and adaptable manufacturing environments. What’s needed, according to the study, is a ‘digital lean’ approach.

Could predictive maintenance be manufacturing’s winning ticket?

If you could see into the future, you would never miss a production target, endure a safety incident, or have a machine go down. While this will remain an elusive dream, you can, however, predict the future. With predictive maintenance, you can uncover unnecessary maintenance, which could save you millions of dollars in the longer term.

A 5-step action plan to transform your operational excellence ecosystem

Forward-thinking executives around the world are increasingly viewing operational excellence (OpEx) as a key driver of top-line growth, and no longer as just a tool for incremental process improvements at operational level. They understand that OpEx project teams and processes are best placed to create disciplined frameworks to gain competitive advantage.

How the three SMED steps can help you streamline changeovers

For an F1 pit crew, changing four tyres takes less than 15 seconds. This is living proof that changeover times can be reduced by analysing each element to see if it can be eliminated, moved, simplified or streamlined. In manufacturing maintenance, single-minute exchange of dies (SMED) can dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers.

How a continuous improvement leader can stay relevant in a maturing organisation

Much like a product life cycle, a continuous improvement leader’s life cycle may start small, grow as the leader becomes more aligned with the organisation’s mission, and then subside somewhat as performance improvement matures. So to stay relevant in a maturing organisation, consider broadening your skill set.