Tom Clason has spent over three decades perfecting a
manufacturing philosophy and implementation plan that always produces
outstanding results. His work with process excellence first started during the
Viet Nam War when, as a member of a mobile tactical combat team, he first
discovered that the amount of time that it took to set up or tear down a mobile
base camp could be reduced dramatically by following a concept that he had
developed. The concept was adopted and used by his unit with amazing results. He
later named this concept Circles of Motion and has used it in virtually every
one of his engagements. Circles of Motion is only one of the outstanding
productivity tools developed by Mr. Clason and explained in his book.
After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Clason worked for
ten years as a manufacturing manager, during which time he became a student of
the accomplishments of Toyota and their use of Just In Time (JIT) concepts and
tools. He became an advocate and teacher of both JIT and CFM (Continuous Flow Manufacturing).
The Fast Cycle Production productivity improvement system of today is
foundationally based on JIT and CFM principles.
In 1989, while working for IBM, Mr. Clason joined a
pilot external consulting organization that would eventually become the IBM
Consulting Group. After five successful years with the IBM Consulting Group as
a productivity/simulation modeling consultant, during which time he was 90%
billable; Mr. Clason left IBM to become the Owner/CEO of Fast Cycle Production
Consulting. His success with helping companies to improve their processes not
only continued, it reached new highs.
During his work as a consultant, Mr. Clason’s client
list both with IBM and FCP is a “Who’s Who” of Manufacturing, as well as some
very influential and successful service organizations such as Bank of America
and Colorado Springs Utilities. His client list includes manufacturing
companies such as, Ethicon, Sikorsky, Baxter Health Care (Now known as
Allegiance), Keytronics, Engelhard and Rock Tenn. His system has proven to be
highly effective in virtually every industry. The fact that his Values Based
productivity improvement system has never failed to produce outstanding results
is still his proudest accomplishment.