Is Your Continual Improvement Process Delivering Results?

Is Your Continual Improvement Process Delivering Results?

Can you afford not having a Continual Improvement Process (CIP) in today’s economy? Effective CIP projects more than pay for themselves with high Returns on Investment (ROIs). The Six Sigma DMAIC process is the roadmap for savings. Projects using 6 sigma methodologies pay for themselves. This is the time to double up, and select high impact projects, assign Black Belt resources, and get started.

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A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is Not Just Backing Up Your Files!

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is Not Just Backing Up Your Files!

Many organizations possess a false sense of security by merely backing up their files. They feel that this is all that is needed in order to recover their operations in the event of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy. This recent event in the northeast has demonstrated that much more is needed.

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Consequences of Not Investing in a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Consequences of Not Investing in a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

A fire ensued at a client’s key supplier located in Latin America. This facility was the sole producer of one type of consumer product that was sold in North America. The building and all production/packaging machines were destroyed, thus shutting down production for this product. Eventually I was called in to work on the restoration efforts, which involved removing the tooling, preparing it for shipment to the manufacturer for inspection/possible refurbishment, management of the refurbishment efforts, tooling/process re-qualification and production start-up at three alternate facilities located in three countries on another continent. Both the client and this supplier were without a BCP, which caused them to suffer significant financial loss. Due to the lack of a BCP, the time to decide, act and recover took much longer than necessary.

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A Real Rapid Results Success Story

A Real Rapid Results Success Story

During an ISO 9001 implementation engagement, I began creating process maps for my client’s key processes in order to help them understand the interrelationship of their processes. These exercises uncovered a significant duplication of effort that resulted in wasted labor, increased inventory and vital space not being available for assembly operations. It became apparent that both the material control and purchasing functions assessed the inventory levels upon receipt of a sales order. The purchasing department placed a purchase order for the required raw materials. The material control department also issued a duplicate purchase requisition resulting in double orders being placed for a very expensive raw material with a limited shelf life.

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Reducing Supply Chain Costs While Enhancing Performance

Reducing Supply Chain Costs While Enhancing Performance

The rewards for undertaking a supplier development initiative are well worth the effort. For example, some of the benefits of an effective supply chain development program include:

  • Sourcing cycle time reduced by 25-30 percent
  • Time-to-market reduced by 20 percent
  • Costs lowered by 25-50 percent
  • Improved quality, reliability, and manufacturability of products and services
  • Increased responsiveness to customer needs and market dynamics
  • Improved collaboration and knowledge sharing
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