Continuous Improvement and Lean

Workplace Organization - 5S

If you don’t have the type of workplace where people put their tools away and you can’t tell what is missing, it is a challenge to make progress. The foundation to building a culture which has discipline, starts with the 5S program.

Operations Kickstart can guide you down the path of an organized layout, which will sustain over time. Starting with the first three S’s, Sort, Set and Shine, we will choose a pilot area or team, and transform your company. In Trevor’s experience, it is the only way to sustain and organized efficient work place.

Stop the blitz events, and let’s be world class everyday!

Lean Manufacturing

Using a variety of simulations, your team will be introduced to the simplicity of lean manufacturing, and the start of a journey to thinking differently. By looking at the same problems, with a new vision of improvements and structured problem solving, waste will be driven out of your processes.

When we hear the term “lean manufacturing”, it is often interpreted in many different ways. Driven from the basics of Toyota and their magnificent accomplishments, it is now a competitive edge in any industry from automotive to healthcare to insurance. It can be simply described as… fixing what bugs you. Not to over complicate the subject, it’s simply about eliminating ‘waste’.

To get rid of the waste, we must first be able to see it. By educating teams on the 8 deadly wastes and taking a ‘go see’ approach, with a fresh set of eyes, you will be able to make improvements that may have previously seemed impossible. Operations Kickstart can offer different simulation exercises with basic theory and a hands-on approach to refining systems. Whether this entails enhancing material handling systems requiring an overhaul or if your changeover improvement plans are at a standstill, Operations Kickstart can empower your team to see waste and ultimately eliminate it!


Shop Floor Quality Systems

How often do you hear senior management expressing their passion for great quality and its importance to their organization? At the same time, quality issues may linger leading to confusion and frustrating as to why teams still allow poor quality to escape the organization when management has stressed it’s importance. But…words do not provide structure and they certainly do not drive behaviour. Words are just what they are, it’s action that gets results! Only by creating a solid structure can an organization truly be committed to quality.

By setting clear standards and limited and controlled rework, your teams can be empowered to combat quality concerns. Facilitating cross functional team across your organization, Operations Kickstart will guide your company in the creation of a customized quality system, stopping the madness.

If you believe in investing into your greatest asset, your people, and getting Quality Right the First Time, then Operations Kickstart has the program for you!


Zak Lane

Due to negative customer feedback, inconsistent cost of quality and unsuccessful internal training initiatives it became obvious that we needed outside support. We enlisted Trevor Blondeel and Operations Kickstart for his executive coaching and training expertise. We aimed to improve many facets through this initiative, but the most important objective was to grow our people. Our production staff is our most valuable asset, if they are not provided with the tools and knowledge required to perform their jobs properly and efficiently then our business will fail! Using small focus groups Trevor engages the entire team, leading them through process and system improvements; empowering them at all levels and facilitating line improvements, communicating from the top down.

Trevor not only provides the training and coaching necessary to improve our systems (Get Quality Right the First Time, 5S, Lean, etc.) but more importantly he provides a foundation on which Lanex can develop into a world class manufacturing facility.

Zak Lane, VP- Sales & Engineering Lanex