Design your Production activities correctly from the start and minimize your learning curve, headaches and production costs while improving the quality of your output!
A solid production strategy, developed holistically from all angles of applicable operations disciplines can be the critical link to your organization’s success. Whether you are turning the corner from design or already in production, we can help. Let us help you tune your value-creation activities, align your actions with the Voice of the Customer AND Voice of the Business, and eliminate unwanted variation in cost and end products.
Designing with Production in mind can have a profound impact on your Operational capabilities.
A proper production strategy doesn’t just begin when a product’s design is completed and turned over to the production team. This is the most common mistake that we see in our client’s operational activities, and it is especially true in an environment when configurations are locked down and changes to the configuration are difficult to implement due to either program or regulatory issues. In a typical product, approximately 70% of the production cost of a product has already been locked in during the design phase. The design impacts on production strategy are not simply limited to Materials and Labor cost, but can have a major influence on the approaches to Quality Assurance, Test Strategies, Configuration Management, Production Rate capabilities, and available Management Analytics. With this being the case, you may begin to realize how important it is to implement an Integrated Product Development philosophy which utilizes a cross-functional approach to product design; considering not only the end product functional requirements, but the operational impacts of design decisions on the life of the product’s production activities, not to mention your bottom line.
Integrated Product Development Consulting Offerings:
- Integrated Product Development Structural Implementation
- Including your Supply Chain in your Design
- Design for Manufacturing, Design to Cost, Design for Test
- Designing for Production Controls and Configuration Management
- Productization (Prototypes to Production Support)
- Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) vs Custom
- Design impacts on Product Life-Cycle Cost
- Design Tolerance Analysis (Are you paying for more than you need?)
We can help you execute efficient and effective Value Conversion.
Once a design has been established, developing your Production Execution Strategy can be a daunting activity. Identifying the production demand requirements of your product line is typically the first place to start, and requires forecasting and support from your Sales, Marketing or Business Development teams. Demand planning can be a critical and distinguishing factor to the design requirements of your production processes and production related capital decisions. Your organization’s core competencies analysis is the next place to turn. This data will have a profound effect on make/buy decisions and your production flow, and our experienced consultants can help you design your production activities to be executed both efficiently and effectively, while identifying a resource strategy that will is capable of supporting rate flex requirements.
Production Execution Strategy Consulting Offerings:
- Production Flow Analysis and Design
- Production Control Strategy (from Inventory to End Product)
- Configuration Management
- Visual Assembly Instructions
- Test Strategies
- Analytics and Data Collection Strategy
- Resource Strategies
- Production Risk Analysis
- Production Plan Documentation
- Production Readiness Reviews
Continuous Improvement is Paramount to maintaining your competitive edge!
Continuous improvement is paramount to maintaining your competitive edge and we can help optimize your production operations in order to maintain your competitive stance. Our Consultants can analyze your production activities and recommend improvement opportunities that will positively affect your production activities. We understand that change management within a production control environment can be challenging during production, however, we have yet to see the production operation that didn’t greatly benefit from optimization. We are experts in the transactional processes that surround production processes and can make any operation more efficient and effective. Transactional and process inefficiencies can be a true burden on not only the cost of your production activities, but the output rate and quality of your end products.
Production Optimization Consulting Offerings:
- Process Engineering and Lean Six Sigma Projects
- Production Controls optimization
- Production Analytics (Getting the most out of the Data you already collect)
- Product Design Cost-out initiatives
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