The methods that we at Business Enterprise Management use truly apply to virtually any business or government enterprise you can think of. Here we list some of the businesses we have helped using Lean, LSS, or Change Management.
o Building products
o Food processing
o Consumer products
o Wire and cable
o Research and Development
• Aircraft engines
• Photonic materials
• Oil and gas
• Alternative energy
o Civil government
Process improvement is at the core of what BEM does.
Our clients engage us because we can quickly find ways to eliminate the waste in their operations.Depending upon your situation, we will typically use the methods for process improvement listed below.
We use the right tools for the job at hand. Regardless of the methodology we use, our focus is to provide you with tangible and lasting solutions to your issues quickly.
Functional Areas of Application
The things that BEM can help you with are not restricted to any particular area of application for your business.
A common misconception regarding the application of any of our services Lean methods, Lean Six Sigma, or change management is that they apply only to the manufacture of products in a factory. This is simply not true.
Regardless of whether you make products for sale or you provide a service, we can make help you to make substantial and measureable improvements to all aspects of your business.
Nonetheless, most improvement initiatives will begin with operations. This is where you make the products you sell or perform the services you provide. One reason for this is that improving your operations is the quickest route to the bottom line. We find that our clients like to see tangible results for their investment in improving their businesses. By focusing first on their operations we will give them significant and real bottom line savings that builds momentum for the initiative.
Any business enterprise has suppliers that supply it with the products and services it needs to create its products and services. While some businesses provide their goods or services directly to the end customer, many sell to other entities that add more value to the product or service before passing it on to the next stage.
There can be significant gains to be made by looking at larger and larger sections of the value stream and synchronizing them while driving out waste and reducing unwanted variation.
Practitioners of Lean recognize inventory as one of the seven deadly wastes for any enterprise. It ties up your money. It requires space. It gets damaged. Sometimes, inventories have a shelf life beyond which they are no longer useable. Yet, most businesses would cease operation without the supplies they need to build products or provide services.
By looking at your stock room or warehouse from the perspective of Lean and Lean Six Sigma, new opportunities can be realized. For example, it may be possible to use statistical methods to characterize your demand for the products you use and use this information to reduce the amount of product you keep on hand.
Human Resources (HR)
Many improvement initiatives are owned by the HR department in many companies. This is understandable because any improvement initiative is necessarily an investment in your people via training and hands-on experience.
Information Technology (IT)
Like it or not, the use of computer systems plays an enormous role in just about any business enterprise. Your IT people will need to understand the basics of your improvement initiative in order to give you access to the information you need throughout the effort. And, as is true for any activity in your operation, the IT department is a good area to apply improvements.
Research and Development (R&D)
Any business activity can benefit from process improvement. This certainly includes your Research and Development department. The team at BEM has worked with scientists and engineers from R&D from a number of companies. We have learned that most scientists and engineers spend the bulk of their time doing things that have nothing to do with their areas of expertise. Routine tasks such as going to meetings or dealing with personnel or purchasing issues will sap their time to the point where science and engineering gets pushed aside.
By applying improvement methods judiciously, the BEM can reduce the amount of impact that secondary tasks have on the time of your scientists and engineers so they can devote more of their time to the things you hired them to do.