Where Things Come Together

The process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet a customer’s expectations or specifications. Manufacturing commonly employs a man-machine setup with division of labor in a large scale production.  What could possibly go wrong?

Manufacturing is a primary stage where we can finally test all of our up-stream processes.

  • Do we have the latest drawings?
  • Do the drawings represent the critical to quality (CTQ’s) that the customer want?
  • Are the CTQ’s adequately defined?
  • Did the supplied parts arrive on time?  Are they within specifications?  (did anyone measure them)
  • Do we have right raw materials on hand?
  • Is the equipment available and ready?
  • Are the employees trained and available?
  • Is the equipment qualified and capable?

And the series of questions continue as we begin this part art – part science process again.

Related TGG Project Titles

Press SMED Event
Finishing (paint) line STRANDS board
Rip-cut saw STRANDS board
STRANDS board for kilns
Rip & glue STRANDS board
Filling line daily management
Automated paint line optimization
Color laboratory 5s
Dirt removal project
RCFA project glue skewing
Automated assembly line design
Automated assembly line design
Paper machine cutting pattern optimization model
Peanut butter scrap reduction
Scrap reduction
Railroad VSM
Orange juice processing value stream



What are the Issues?

  • Travel distances in manufacturing are .... not short
  • We reward firefighters - the very behavior we are trying to prevent
  • The front office is consuming 80% of our promised lead time
  • Our scheduling process is a shamble


  • $ 250K SMED savings on printing press
  • 75% Reduction in color labratory time to find materials
  • 10% Peanut butter scrap reduction

Define your Problem Statement.

The first step towards breaking your organizational log jams is identifying and verbalizing the challenge you're facing. What are you trying to solve? This simple Problem Statement exercise can have profound implications for your team. It helps you define the issue and gives TGG some sense of where the soft spots could be in your Order to Cash process. We invite you to take a few moments to fill out this form. A TGG consultant will contact you shortly to discuss your Problem Statement and provide some insight on how we may be able to help.

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