specialize in helping manufacturers turn around delinquent delivery
situations. Here are areas in which we can help:
Performance Measurement. We can rapidly develop standards and implement performance measurement systems tailored to
client needs. Our systems include visual manufacturing metrics that
pinpoint improvement opportunities. We train personnel
in performance measurement system use and assist implementation.
Capacity Analysis. We develop and implement
tailored capacity-versus-load systems to assist clients in identifying
capacity-based production constraints. We train supervisors and
production planners in system use and implementation.
Our delivery performance improvement program
evaluates order entry, lead time, work order/requisition release,
procurement, inventory, receiving, test and inspection, nonconformance documentation and disposition, MRP
implementation, and capacity.
We identify required corrective actions and assist in developing implementation
Process Improvement. Our comprehensive process flow analysis
approach documents and assesses each step, quantifies improvement opportunities, and
guides the conversion of non-value-added activities to those that reduce
cost, reduce time, and improve quality.
Our lead time reduction program evaluates procurement
practices, inspection requirements, material flow issues, outside processing, stocking practices, manufacturing, and system move,
queue, setup, and run times to identify production
choke points. We recommend corrective actions
and implementation schedules.
Procurement. We assess current procurement practices from
production support, cost control, supplier management, buyer utilization,
and other perspectives and develop tailored improvement roadmaps. We
provide a comprehensive report identifying recommended corrective actions
and implementation risks.
Our value improvement program focuses on cost reduction while
assuring compliance with customer requirements.
Manufacturing and procurement approaches are evaluated to identify
opportunities in the areas of material usage, material flow, procurement,
supplier requirements, test and inspection improvements, scrap/rework
reduction, packaging, assembly aids, tooling improvements, product design
simplifications, setup and run time reductions, and process simplification.
Turnarounds. Tried everything and the plant is still not
performing? J.H. Berk and Associates can provide operations management
support until the plant is performing and implement the systems necessary to
assure post-engagement performance.
Consolidation. J.H. Berk and Associates can provide quantitative
work force requirement estimates and identify overstaffing and understaffing
situations in both direct labor and administrative areas. We provide a
comprehensive report that recommends appropriate staffing levels,
implementation approaches, and required risk management actions in both
bargaining-unit and non-bargaining-unit environments.
review our Manufacturing
Delivery Performance Improvement technical paper.