As the economy forces down the prices of consumer products, manufacturers are left to find ways to reduce their costs in order to compete. Often, it is the customer who decides the price of a product (i.e. what the customer is willing to pay), leaving the manufacturer to determine how to meet market expectations.
Over the last fifteen years we have developed a holistic transformation approach by combining and enhancing some of the world’s best manufacturing tools and philosophies such as Lean, Six Sigma, Value Analysis Value Engineering (VaVe) and the Theory of Constraints.
Our approach enables our clients to achieve and sustain superior levels of performance by focusing in three key areas:
- The production system: optimizing the way people, machines, materials, and physical space are configured to maximize value.
- Management Structure and Systems: improving organizational structures, roles and responsibilities, processes, and key metrics and systems to ensure accountability.
- Attitude and behavior: motivating and empowering people to focus on achieving measurable results.
Our global team of consultants has a depth of technical manufacturing expertise and a proven track record of leading and implementing successful transformations. Our people bring a wide range of professional experience from some of the most operationally excellent companies in the world.
We diagnose areas of waste, variability, and inefficiency in the production system and then redesign, and implement, not just the new production system, but also the management structure that improves the bottom line and ensures accountability and sustainability. By working hand-in-hand with our client’s employees, we ensure the buy-in from the senior leadership team all the way down to the machine operator on the shop floor, leaving behind a new culture, new mindsets and new behaviors.
We look deeply and broadly, not just at the manufacturing processes, but also into all functions and dynamics to leverage opportunities for improvement, including R&D, Marketing & Sales, supplier influences, inventory, setup reduction, standard work, back office and silos between departments.