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.
Since 2013 Steve and Rod have continued to collaborate on occasional projects, while Rod has pursued long-time assignments with Lower Mainland companies, developing and implementing custom-engineered scheduling solutions or implementing DDMRP-compliant software.
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 informal alliance with Derek Barichievy, an experienced manager, educator, and consultant with an extensive improvement technology background including Lean and Theory of Constraints. While they are both independent consultants, they have worked together multiple times over the past 2 decades.
Another informal alliance is with Chris Butterworth, one of the most experienced Six Sigma specialists in Canada; a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma who is also experienced in all forms of Quality Engineering.
Steve, Rod, 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 close to 20 years, Synchronix custom-engineered powerful Excel-based Drum-Buffer-Rope solutions that worked with clients’ systems of record (typically, ERP systems.) Robust 3rd party software proved to be a better solution; but that software has become largely unavailable to smaller manufacturers in recent years — those with revenues under $150 MM — and we have returned to our Excel solutions. We have simply not found anything that works as well.
To put this into perspective: we have repeatedly implemented our Excel solution when all other attempts by a manufacturer to find a scheduling solution have failed — so the Excel solution is not to be underestimated. We have been chosen even when sDBR software has previously been implemented. With our advanced spreadsheet DBR we have scheduled extremely complex environments, as well as those that aren’t complex as such but often present challenges — such as Job Shops.
And we have implementations that have remained in place, producing exceptional results, for many years.
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.