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Sustainability: Moving from Common Sense to Common Practice
2016 International Conference
Leesburg, VA - National Conference Center

September 18th - 21st

Achieving Sustainable Competitive Advantage at Tecumseh

Jack Warchalowski - President, CMS Montera Inc.
Co-Presenter, Jennifer Mcintosh - Global Director of Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning

Tecumseh Products Company is renowned for product innovation, customer reliance, and product quality in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Millions of people globally rely on Tecumseh’s products every day. Tecumseh developed the first "hermetic” compressor for consumer refrigerators in 1937. As the name Tecumseh became synonymous with commercial refrigeration and central home air conditioning, they also expanded their product line to include automotive air conditioning compressors.

Today, Tecumseh engineers a full-line of hermetically sealed compressors for residential and specialty air conditioning, home and commercial refrigerators and freezers. In addition, Tecumseh offers a complete line of indoor and outdoor condensing units, evaporator coils, heat pumps, complete refrigeration systems and authorized spare parts.

Tecumseh products can be quickly accessed from their manufacturing and distribution facilities on four continents, including North and South America, Europe and Asia.

About two years ago, Tecumseh initiated a new, TOC driven Flow Management approach, to improve its competitive position and profitability.

This Case Study will explain the overall implementation approach from defining market requirements utilizing Demand Driven Replenishment methodology, through Drum-Buffer-Rope based manufacturing improvements, to achieving sustainability by utilizing POOGI based Buffer Management process. In addition, this presentation will demonstrate how the use of an Operations Scorecard can drive, evaluate and facilitate the process of System Management based Continuous Improvement (CI) utilizing all 3 methodologies – TOC, Lean and 6 Sigma.

Tecumseh’s Flow Issue Reporting based CI process, uses the Theory of Constraints methodology to identify reasons and plant work centers that most often hinder the production flow. It also utilizes Pareto Diagrams to prioritize plant wide improvement opportunities. Once improvement opportunities are known, Lean and Six Sigma principles and tools are used to deliver better performance.

During this session Tecumseh will describe their journey to establish a new, Flow Issue Reporting based, CI approach that resulted in significant profitability improvement.

Jack Warchalowski is the President of CMS Montera Inc. CMS Montera provides management solutions and software to accelerate projects and optimize operations.

Prior to CMS, Jack was the head of operations for the high tech manufacturer, Ernst & Young management consultant, and a project engineer with Babcock & Wilcox.

Jack’s business consulting career is focused on growth strategy development and implementation for a variety of manufacturing and engineering clients.

Jack is a Certified Management Consultant and a Professional Engineer registered in Ontario. He holds an MBA degree from the Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.

In addition, Jack is certified by the TOCICO in all aspects of TOC.

Jennifer Macintosh is the Global Director of Sales, Inventory and OperationPlanning. She is responsible for global finished good inventory and demand planning.
  • Jennifer is completing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Global Management. She is also a team leader for Tecumseh’s implementation of TOC based Flow Management System globally. 
  • Jennifer has worked with Tecumseh for 9 years. She was the Supply Chain and Operations Manager for the Canadian operations before being  put in the global position.

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