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Acument Global Technologies

Midwest

eight years," he says, noting that Acument has employed the
help of Rick Harris, the president of Harris Lean Systems
Inc. "He's been our sensei."
Rick Harris says, "What stands out about Acument Global
Technologies, is that even though there have been leadership and ownership changes, they have remained steadfast
in their dedication and commitment to creating, sustaining
and improving a true lean enterprise. This is very unusual in
my experience over the last 20 years."
Acument's lean initiatives include the use of value stream
mapping, a fully integrated pull system on its shop floor, the
use of the small team process to involve and develop associates in improving quality, reducing changeover time and
improving uptime, and applying many of these same tools
and techniques to improve its business processes. "In a capital intensive, primarily commodity based business, lean is a
huge differentiator for us," McNelis says.
The company also implemented its own version of hoshin
kanri to align its goals with its vision and strategic objectives. "We have regularly scheduled review sessions to see if
we're on track," he says, asserting that Acument's approach
sets it apart from competitors.
"Many traditional manufacturing companies do a good
job with the alignment of goals, but often they don't care
how they achieve the goals," McNelis says. "The 'how' is just
as important because how you do things impacts so many
different parts of the business."
These initiatives have benefited Acument over time.
"We've reduced our days of inventory on hand by over 25
percent," he says. "Our EBITA also has grown."
Acument's use of lean will not be ending anytime
soon, McNelis asserts. "Lean is a never-ending journey," he says. "It requires a lot of change but drives the
ability to adapt."

Ensuring Quality
Acument reviews its manufacturing performance regularly,
Pinheiro says. "We look at minor and major kaizen events
for improvements to correct things that are becoming systemic," he says.
For example, with the help of a QA matrix, Pinheiro and
his team can determine if a machine in Acument's plant is
producing defects in fastener surfaces. "It allows us to look
at a specific part number or machine," he says.
This also enables Pinheiro's team to be so proactive
that it can fix problems before they occur. "If you don't
collect that data, you can't do that," he says. An illustration of this is the continuous improvement of at least
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