Common Tools

  • Training
  • 5-S
  • 7 Wastes
  • Six Sigma
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Process Simulation Modeling
  • Relationship Diagrams
  • Fishbone Analysis
  • FEMA


  • Reduced Labor
  • Reduced Inventory
  • Increased Uptime
  • Increased Throughput
  • Lower Scrap
  • Happier Employees
  • Less Stress

Selecting the right process improvement tool is what we do.

Many process improvement tools have been developed over the years. The recent additional of Lean Manufacturing tools such as 5-S, 7 Wastes, 6 Sigma, Value Stream Mapping and others were great contributions. Industrial Engineers have been educated and trained on these and many more tools for decades. Multiple step-by step instructions for executing these tools have made them mainstream. Huge improvements have been realized from harvesting the low hanging fruit with these tools.

The common outcome of utilizing these tools is to increase a manufacturer’s profit margin by reducing operating costs and improving quality. This requires doing something different then what is being done today. “Changing” or “improving” requires commitment in the form of an investment one way or another. This investment comes in many forms, such as; training hours, hours allocated for Kaizen events, new equipment, equipment upgrades and/or replacements. It boils down to how much of a Return on Investment (ROI) is gained when investing $1 into your operations. Training and implementing the correct process improvement tools costs money that provides a good ROI. Training and implementing the wrong process improvement tools costs money with minimal returns. Productivity Solutions knows what tool to use when and where to provide the best ROI.

Our engineering background looks at process improvements from a financial perspective. Where are we spending money and where is the best opportunity increase its ROI by eliminating waste. When touring facilities we see money floating around as labor costs, capital costs, material costs, inventory carrying costs, downtime costs, maintenance costs, etc. Selecting the right tool is integral for generating the highest ROI. Productivity Solutions chooses the right tools to provide the best returns.

We educate why and how to use the correct tools, so you can continue to improve on your own.

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