Demand Driven Manufacturing Transformations
High Impact Coaching & Strategies has decades of experience promoting Demand Driven strategies in our customers’ factories and across their global supply chains. We provide our customers with cutting-edge Demand Driven solutions focused on establishing the capabilities to create flow, compress lead times and reduce inventory generating sustainable bottom-line benefits.
As a leading provider of Demand Driven Flow Technology consulting, we help our clients achieve sustainable operational capabilities developing Demand Driven manufacturing solutions that create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Our world-class service and thought leadership mixed with a blend of real-world experience and practical training techniques will help you achieve your financial objectives.
We believe that improved product, material & information flow, with balance and increased predictability from your facility will enable a more agile (faster & more repeatable lead time) operation. Agile Demand Driven operations utilize less space, require less working capital, have lower operating costs and enable world-class customer service lead times; while being easier to manage. Discover Demand Driven manufacturing solutions with foundations based on Demand Driven Flow Technology driving significant sustainable performance improvements through lead time compression, improved productivity and cost reduction.
Creating a Demand Driven Manufacturing Facility
At High Impact, we understand the challenges faced on a daily basis by manufacturing companies as they attempt to meet customer requirements while coping with the strains of being part of a global supply chain network. We work with all sizes of companies to implement Demand Driven methodologies such as Demand Driven Flow Technology to compress manufacturing lead times and create an unimpeded flow of product through a facility. At the same time, our transformational design process will improve productivity and reduce overall floor space within your manufacturing facility.
We have a proven history of delivering transformational business projects that will impact the business and turn your manufacturing facility into a strategic weapon unlocking significant sustainable benefits and a competitive advantage in the market-place. Transform your manufacturing operations to deliver improvements in working capital, operating cost and customer service levels through the deployment of High Impact’s best-in-class Demand Driven manufacturing methodologies.
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., is a high-tech manufacturer specializing in power conversion solutions utilized in thin-film plasma manufacturing and solar energy generation. This case study reviews the work that was completed in their facility located in Shenzhen China and the improvements that they have achieved.
Customer Expectations vs. Manufacturing Capabilities
Our general experience when we walk into a new company is that there is a huge gap between the expectations of the customer and the capabilities of production.
In the factory, actual work content is probably measured in seconds, minutes or hours, not the multiple days or weeks that products seem to take through manufacturing. With the cumulation of supply and manufacturing delays, the reality of actual customer demand is further distanced from the daily plant performance and execution.
Traditional scheduling techniques are embedded as the planners’ method of choice for many companies. The master schedule, overly reliant on inaccurate forecasts, mirrors the unresponsive nature of the factory. Outdated MRP principles and a factory focused silo-based lean initiatives contribute little to the flexibility and speed and response needed to keep pace with variable and sometimes volatile customer demand. As a result, companies are only able to maintain customer service levels through holding inventory buffers throughout production and in Finished Goods.
Balance – Alignment – Agility – Responsiveness
The goal of any manufacturing company is to have an agile production facility that is adaptive to changes in daily demand and one that is aligned as closely as possible to the market. Your facility needs to become truly Demand Driven and transition itself away from the business processes that force production environments to add significant costs to the business.
Demand Driven Flow Technology manufacturing environments are designed to be balanced to support agility and flexibility. Through design, over-production is eliminated, flow is established reducing lead times and as a consequence, WIP and Finished Goods inventories are reduced improving the organizations Working Capital position. Customer service levels are increased as a direct result of improved planning processes, improved levels of response through manufacture, agility, and adaptability to changes in demand.
Our Demand Driven strategies will enable your manufacturing operations to meet market-driven requirements drastically reducing response times, inventory requirements and waste creating a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Our Demand Driven strategies have their foundation in Demand Driven Flow Technology enabling your organization to respond faster and more efficiently to the needs of your customers.
High Impact’s DDFT methodologies enable companies to synchronize every manufacturing process to changing demand on a daily basis. We create mixed model flow with optimized resources within manufacturing supported by dynamically material replenishment strategies to achieve a faster and repeatable response to daily demand. With more repeatable response cycles that are synchronized to the daily demand, we can transform global organizations enabling them to gain control of previously out of balance factories, high levels of inventory, and spiraling operational costs.
Industrial Scientific Corporation is the global leader in gas detection products and related services that keep workers safe in hazardous environments. This Demand Driven Flow Technology case study documents the work undertaken during 2014 and 2015 to consolidate the manufacturing and service operations, redesign product flow in addition to fitting the new operations environment into effectively less space within a new facility.