Synchronix was formed in 1994 as an alliance of two experienced professionals, Steve Jackson and Rod Gelhorn, who shared a wide range of backgrounds associated with manufacturing and manufacturing improvement technologies. Steve had a background in MRP and Theory of Constraints; Rod was an experienced Plant Manager with extensive training in Total Quality Management.
In 2013 Rod Gelhorn joined Avigilon, a Synchronix client with an extraordinary record of growth, and the first local user of a DDMRP-compliant software implementation. In 2015 he left Avigilon to take up a senior management position in Continuous Improvement with Western Concord of Delta, BC.
Steve continues as a TOC specialist with almost 30 years experience in the technology.
Learn more of Steve’s background as a TOC Consultant in Canada.
Steve is also in an alliance with Derek Barichievy, an experienced manager, educator, and consultant with an extensive improvement technology background including Lean and Theory of Constraints.
And Steve and Derek are also in an alliance with Chris Butterworth, one of the most experienced Six Sigma specialists on the planet; a Master Black Belt who is also experienced in all forms of Quality Engineering.
Steve, Derek and Chris all live in the Lower Mainland and provide an unmatched capability for improving any manufacturing business’s performance.
More Background: Steve Jackson, Theory of Constraints Consultant
By 1994, Steve had been an expert in the technology known as Theory of Constraints, or TOC, for 6 years, working with Eli Goldratt’s organization and building on 11 years of ERP/MRP experience (23 implementations) and 6 years of industrial management experience.
Between his initial education and training in the Theory of Constraints in 1988, and current time in 2016, Steve has continued to specialize in the Theory of Constraints technology as it has evolved and expanded its application to include Scheduling and Shop Floor Control, Throughput Accounting, TOC-based Distribution and Supply Chain management, Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning and the construction of aligned Strategy and Tactics; Critical Chain Project Management, and the emerging “Demand Driven” technologies including Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP).
Steve was one of the original TOC team working with the late Eli Goldratt to develop and articulate the TOC Thinking Processes, and expand the range of TOC applications, in 1988 – 1994.
He was formally Certified first as a “Jonah,” then a “Jonah’s Jonah,” i.e. conducting educational sessions to guide managers to become proficient in the Thinking processes brought to public attention in the character Jonah in Eli Goldratt’s best selling business novel, The Goal.
Software is now an Option … but only an option
For 18 years Synchronix avoided using 3rd party software … we worked with whatever systems a company already had in place, usually an ERP system of some kind, and typically used Excel spreadsheets for added TOC-specific functionality.
However, some of the dedicated 3rd-party TOC software grew too good (and too affordable even to small and mid-sized manufacturers) to ignore.
For larger, more complex businesses good TOC software shrinks both the implementation lead time and the project budget. Realistically it also provides a superior implementation in comparison to spreadsheet-based systems, more robust and more flexible, and far superior in many other ways.
A Focus on Results
Synchronix’ focus is not on implementing Theory of Constraints; it is on delivering results, and we have a superb track record.
We use the TOC because it’s simply so powerful; but we have no hesitation in pulling in other bodies of knowledge – elements of Lean, or Six Sigma, for example – as necessary.