Lean Manufacturing & Productivity Consulting


TYPICAL QUESTION WE ANSWER:
• How can I shift older or unused infrastructure to profitable uses?
• How can I increase capacity at minimum cost?
• How can I reduce my inventory levels?
• How can I add flexibility to my manufacturing to respond to new markets or product opportunities?
• How much will this flexibility cost?
• How much will Just-In-Time benefit me?
• What is the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) on this machine?

EXAMPLE CONSULTING PROJECTS:

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Project Description Company Description Benefits Related Links
Consolidate/simplify product design Defense electronics Reduce parts & options counts, costs  
Improve productivity of DRAM fab DRAM mfgr Reduce cycle time, Improve tool throughput ACM Sep 2000, p.1
Integrated analysis of Cost of Ownership for a new metrology inspection equipment and its impact throughout the fabrication process flow Equipment supplier Equipment performance impact to production ACM Mar 2001, p.8
Cost analysis impact of Production Test Time to Cost of Ownership, Good Wafer Throughput and OEE Equipment supplier Lower COO of Test Time  
Deploy SEMI Specification for Reliability SEMI E10 and for Productivity SEMI E79 Equipment suppliers and Users Higher Reliability and Productivity (OEE), Lower COO ACM Mar 1999, p.9
Evaluate Effectiveness of Reliability Improvement Program Equipment supplier and Users Equipment Higher Reliability Lower COO  
Training and consulting of simulation implementation for capacity planning and design of their new factory Flat Panel Manufacturer, Semiconductor Manufacturer Data Validation Verification ACM Mar 2001, p.1
Analysis of semiconductor DRAM supply chain and delivery risk Internal Use Determine minimum inventories Supply chain white paper
Forecast impacts of a new technology on the cost and profitability of a semiconductor wafer fab Research & Development organization validate continued R&D, establish Marketing strategy ACM Sep 2001, p.5
Evaluated a passivation material and process technology for overall product cost impact on semiconductor fabrication and final assembly Semiconductor Materials Supplier Lower Cost  
Assess and improve productivity of manufacturing operations Various sc manufacturers Reduce mfg cycle time and costs ACM Mar 2000, p.10
Assess relative technical/business strengths/weakness of SC eqpt mfgrs Wall Street Guide investment Decisions  

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