Mr. Ron Crabtree, CPIM, CIRM, is an internationally recognized expert and author in cutting-edge business process improvement methodologies.  An expert in communications, Crabtree has spent several thousand hours providing training and facilitation for large and small groups, in hundreds of organizations internationally on a wide range of topics.   He has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of business settings from small privately held manufacturers, to Fortune 100 corporations and leading global management consulting firms.

In addition to a BA in Management and Organizational Development, Crabtree is certified through APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management, as certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM).  Currently, Crabtree serves as a Director-at-Large for the Greater Detroit Chapter of APICS.   He also serves as adjunct faculty for Villanova (Operational excellence on-line professional certification program) in cooperation with the University Alliance developing courses and teaching Lean, Six Sigma, and Business Analysis.

Crabtree writes the “Lean Culture” Department in APICS – The Performance Advantage Magazine (60,000 international readers monthly) which focuses on World Class Value Stream Management, and Lean and Six Sigma principles.

Over and above his contributing to other publications, Crabtree is active in consulting and conducting seminars and training across the country, for businesses and professional organizations of all kinds.  Crabtree has spoken to diverse audiences, such as software user groups, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Engineering Society for Advancing Mobility in Land Sea Air (SAE), PMA (Precision Metal Forming Association), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), SAVE, and CPA Societies, ASQ,  PIA/GATF, AME (Society for Manufacturing Excellence) DBM Association, and others too numerous to mention here.  For the current calendar of events see our calendar.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience in implementing operational excellence methodologies, Crabtree has worked as both an insider and as a consultant in many different international industries – from automotive assembly plants to A&D suppliers, process, printing, injection molding, complex manufacturing/job shop, finance, service, remanufacturing, distribution, and retail operations.

He has held many different manufacturing industry and consulting positions, including: Director in the world’s largest Lean consulting and training practice, Materials and Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Operations Management, General Plant Management, and Oracle Practice Leader for a top-ten accounting and management consulting firm.

Crabtree’s relevant experience includes:

  • Instruction and consulting in the implementation of MetaOpsâ„¢ – a methodology that combines best practices in Lean operating techniques including JIT/Pull/Kanban inventory management, TPS (the Toyota Production System), Kaizen, Quality Systems, Value Stream Mapping, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Lean Accounting, Supply Chain Management and advanced Marketing/Sales strategic and tactical techniques.
  • Hands-on implementation leadership in multiple MRP/ERP and Supply Chain Planning implementations and demand flow technology
  • Achievement of manufacturing quality awards including QS9000/ISO9002.
  • Design and deployment of business transformation, cost management, cost reduction, and supplier development programs.

Published works:

2003/2004/2005 – Crabtree currently authors the Lean Culture Department series on Lean and operational excellence in APICS Magazine with 60,000 international readers monthly.  Title to date:

  • The APICS Practitioner and Lean
  • What it Takes to Get Lean
  • Barriers to Success (In implementing Lean/World Class Manufacturing)
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • A Key Building Block – Communications
  • Your Lean Guiding Coalition – Tips For Success
  • Accounting and Management Metrics -  and the World Class Enterprise
  • Tying Strategic Planning with the Lean & WCM Implementation Vision
  • Lean Opportunities in Interesting Places – Sometimes Operational Performance Improvements Start in the Office
  • Lean, Six Sigma, or What?
  • Incentive Pitfalls in Lean – Careful what you ask for. . . you might get it
  • Kaizen – What It Is. . . and Is Not
  • Natural Fit- why lean in the warehouse makes all the sense in the world
  • Lean Space Savings – don’t overlook the potential
  • Developing a risk management plan in your Lean implementation
  • Cycle Counting in Lean Environments
  • Theory of Constraints and Lean
  • Lean in the ERP World – they can play nice together
  • Ready for Prime Time – Lean tools boost competitive performance in new product and services
  • Key Lean Implementation Activities – Risks, Pitfalls, & How to Avoid Them
  • Lean in Service Industries, Sales and Marketing – The Time Has Come
  • Process Mapping or Value Stream Mapping – Which to Use?

2005 – Crabtree began providing content and facilitation support for the APICS Lean Community, which was launched in Kansas City at the APICS Conference October 16-18, 2005.  Titles published to date:

  • What’s the Payoff – Part one of a two part series on 5S, what it is, what kinds of results to expect, and how to implement and celebrate 5S success.

2005 – Crabtree began providing content and support for to provide to the global IT community with deeper insights into operational excellence methodologies and leveraging IT tools.  Titles published to date:

  • Lean/World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma—The Loss of Corporate Consciousness (September, 2005)

2006 – Crabtree is providing support for the APICS Webinar series beginning in February, 2006.  Topics to date:

  • Lean Office and Value Stream Mapping Case Study – Supplies Procurement

Other works:

  • Article: “World Class Manufacturing Procurement Strategies for Smaller Businesses” – APICS, The Performance Advantage Magazine, September 2002.
  • White Paper and Presentation, SAE “Lean Thinking Companies – Don’t Throw Away Your Computers Just Yet. . .” Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Conference & Exhibition (AMTC) June 3-7, 2002 Hartford Civic Center Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
  • Numerous other articles, white papers, webinars, and re-printings of prior works in company, trade, association, and economic development association publications.

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