Basis Analysis, Problem Diagnosis, and Optimization Concept:
An analysis of the company based on existing facts and figures creates a real picture that shows the status-quo of the company.
The analysis comprises a critical evaluation of the figures, their reliability, suitability, and information content.
Weak points in production-related processes are registered by observation and a qualified survey on production, warehousing, materials management, maintenance, set-up processes, and assortment changes.
On-site, at the machine and the planning tool, we conduct interviews with employees of all levels. So we will get known to the different perspectives, including the communication flow, the decision-making processes and the way to solve problems.
Depending on the size of the medium-sized company and the complexity of the processes, an estimate of 3–8-man-days is viable for the survey, evaluation, diagnosis of the primary need for action, and presentation of the potential for improvement including a proposed solution.
Service package 1: Introduction of a customized KPI-system
An individual key performance indicator system with visualization of the trends provides an overview of the entire company’s activities at any time and provides reliable decision support for every level. Selectively targeted parameters will also provide the small company with qualitative and contemporary data for controlling its processes for staff, production and materials management, sales and markets, liquidity and finance. The existing data-framework will evolve and enhanced by meaningful parameters. Above all, the value-added indicators can be captured with required density and create transparency in the performance indicators like machine performance, quality numbers, time parameters, shift, and employee data.
Simple target-actual-comparison-indicators enable intervention well enough in advance. No extra work arises due to a complicated reporting system, because every process owner tracks his data himself, evaluates them and presents them to his supervisor. Finally, corporate management receives all the relevant information, for short-term action and longer-term planning.
Service package 2: Safeguarding the Future by Professional Sales, Sales- and Resource-planning (Also in an Aggregated Form Across Several Plants)
Applying the given insider knowledge and specific market intelligence, Juergen Schaefer Consulting compiles marketing analyses representing trends, sales opportunities and profit margins for the product range as well as the viability of the customer structure including sales opportunities of their end products. It is also possible to carry out detailed investigations, as unveiling opportunities for individual products, product development or product range adjustment. Based on marketing strategy, we will develop internal strategies and exact resource planning considering different time horizons.
Service package 3: Resource-oriented Cost Reduction
Your company will receive a concept that enables it to reduce costs by adjusting centralized triggers. The guide is stable, long-sighted, and considers those development factors that are important to the company’s strengths. It identifies opportunities to create savings without destroying the business. Resources will be used more effectively.
Leverage points are for example the considerable cost factor energy expenditure in foundries, but also idle due to machine downtime and set-up problems, waste in materials management and ongoing quality defects as well as the unproductive and wrong use of workforce.
Service Package 4: Organizational Optimization
Any technical improvement is only as good as the people working on it.
The human factor determines the success or failure of all processes. Increased value creation is already in reach, merely by smoothening communication and transferring information more efficient. Deriving from its specific problems, the affected organization will be improved while the interaction between departments and teams becomes unimpeded. The interfaces human - human, human - organization, and human - machine are examined in a very pragmatic way, directly where it got stuck. Organizational changes are deliberately made at points of discontinuity.
Service Package 5: Process Optimization
Workflow-design to eliminate sources of disturbance during tool changes, at shift handovers, information flow, and material flow between departments and groups. We are planning and implementing measures to increase the quality of manufacturing processes, reduce lead times, ensure on-time delivery including the appropriate analyses:
- to Introduce Automation Solutions and
- Depletion of Stocks in Circulation and Warehouse,
- Reduction of Consumption of Auxiliary Materials,
- Deviation from the Machine-setpoint or Process-optimum.
Service Package 6: Production Logistics
Optimizes the “how” of production uses staff, equipment, and tools:
- to Improve Production Planning and Manufacturing Control,
- to Provide Powerful Tools for Industrial Engineering, Work Organization, and Workplace-design,
- to Optimize Processes of Materials Management, Inventories,
- to Find Fitter and Flexible Shift-models
Service package 7: Capital Inflow by Enhanced Rating
For many SMEs, raising capital is difficult and expensive. The credit line granted by the bank might be too narrow, while - due to an adverse classification -the funding costs remain too high.
Selective improvement on specified rating criteria open up sources of funding that facilitate product development, project financing, and strategic reorientation.
Juergen Schaefer Business Consulting illustrates your company’s classification and how to increase the critical figures of an evaluation of your balance sheets.
Service Package 8: Productive Company Management in SMEs
Owners or managing directors of smaller companies traditionally unite a multitude of tasks in one person. Especially in these cases, modern management instruments will provide personal relief including the future ensuring decision quality.
Optimization of management processes and leadership are a must to any reorganization. They surpass all sub-optimizations in their significance as well as in their consequences. A productive management moves the decision making away from micro-managing controllers to all-over-looking navigators, who see their tasks in strategic planning and continuous organizational optimization. You will receive the necessary instruments to achieve these visions. In projects rules of a result-oriented leadership will apply:
- to Link Detailed Knowledge and Competence with the Right Amount of Freedom of Choice,
- to Ensure Decision Quality through Relevant Information and Binding Reconcilement,
- to Foster Solicitude and Responsibility at the Lower Levels,
- to De-emotionalize by Objectifying