Meet Our Expert:
Chris Adams

Chris helps manufacturing clients drive value through improvements in Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost. With experience in Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management and Plant Management, Chris’ skills are in developing and continuously improving processes as well as in leading operations and bringing the results of flow/value enhancements to the bottom line.

M.B.A. – Case Western Reserve University

Lean Black Belt – Emerson Corporation

B.S.-Industrial and Operations Engineering – University of Michigan

Six Sigma Black Belt – Lorain CCC

Recent Projects:

  • Evaluating and developing Standard Work around the order to cash process
  • Identifying operational bottlenecks through the application of Value Stream Mapping
  • Providing insight on scheduling, process flow, and process equipment improvements
Project Results:


  • Reduced accidents by 30% through the implementation of improved safety methods and procedures
  • Implemented 5S and Workplace Organization Steps 1-3 throughout the facility


  • Identified a 25% reduction in ppm by instituting a PFMEA quality focus
  • Increased consistency thru the reduction of associate turnover from 25% to 1 – 2%


  • Increased efficiency by 45% via a scorecard and root causing of issues raised by the customer
  • Increased productivity/throughput by as much as 50% by improved training, coaching and mentoring of supervisors and manufacturing process technicians thru standard work, schedule tracking, reduced process downtime via A-3 analysis and implementation


  • Facilitated 30% reduction in tooling costs going to the bottom-line through process improvements via introducing mechanical and standard work improvements
  • Sustained team improvements via a layered audit verification process

Overall Results

  • Drove quarterly financial results 20% higher than their highest level in company history by eliminating process bottlenecks
  • Facilitated continuous improvement culture change via implementation of Lean/Toyota Production System techniques

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