Parker Hannifin Corporation is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. With sales of US $12 billion, Parker operates in 50 countries and employs approximately 57,000 people worldwide.
In 2004, they started to implement lean principles across their factories. At the same time, they asked Brian Maskell from BMA Inc. to assist on Lean Accounting implementation, starting with a few pilots.
The first pilot was in a factory in Poland with 50 employees, where the implementation of the full ERP package (JDE) was not considered a priority. Lean Accounting was, in this case, a good alternative. With no variances available, Value Stream results (Box Score) were seen as much more operational and understandable.
The second pilot was in a factory in Switzerland with 150 employees. Here again, the elimination of variances and Value Stream results was much more meaningful than traditional P&L; it also helped employees feel more empowered.