Karl Ohaus received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, School of Engineering, in 1980. For the first 10 years of his career he worked in product testing, design and development for American Standard. During this time, as a Senior Design Engineer, Karl had responsibility for new projects from concept to delivery to the customer. This exposure to manufacturing and design in both the US and Europe was excellent training and provided Karl with a deep understanding of a wide range of processes and technologies. He was awarded 10 patents during this time.
In 1991 Karl joined a company manufacturing machined parts for the automotive industry. Starting in 1995 as President, Karl led the company’s transition to Lean manufacturing.
Karl began educating and consulting in Lean implementation and process improvement in 2003. He draws on his experience using the Lean principles and tools to help client companies create process flow, improve operational performance and better address the needs of the business. Karl’s coaching stresses the management development and employee engagement aspects of change to a Lean enterprise.
Workshops Taught by Karl Ohaus
From Fire Fighting to True Continuous Improvement
This workshop is an introduction into A-3 / PDCA problem solving. Workshop participants learn the thinking and practice of PDCA by doing. We ask each participant to come to the workshop with a problem that they would like to use as a test case to explore and learn new ways of thinking about how to solve problems. More »
Key Concepts of Lean
Designed for individuals and teams that want to gain a better understanding of the components and underlying philosophy of lean, based on the Toyota Production System (TPS), and how the elements and philosophy work together to create a Lean Enterprise. More »
Lean Synergy: Revisiting the Key Concepts of Lean to See How They Work Together (at the 2020 Lean Summit)
Enthusiastic leaders want to get better at engaging team members to impact quality, cost, and delivery of value. Search for books on Amazon and in “Business and Money,” you’ll find over 8,000 titles on lean. Yet despite their earnest efforts to implement lean concepts and tools, many organizations still struggle to see the full benefits of lean thinking and practice. This interactive workshop is designed to help lean leaders and practitioners understand how core lean concepts, tools, and leadership practices work together as one system and approach to change. Participants will revisit the Key Concepts of Lean, begin review their points of synergy, and identify the unique next steps that their own organization may take to impact Quality, Cost, and Lead Time, More »
Value-Stream Mapping: a Methodology for Sustainable System Improvement
This interactive workshop takes you through EVERY step of the value-stream improvement process: preparation before mapping, current-state mapping, problem solving to design the future state, managing implementation of a lean transformation to plan, and continuing to support the value stream after implementation. More »