TYPICAL QUESTIONS WE ANSWER:
- What is “best-in-class” for each of my performance parameters?
- How do I compare to “best-in-class”?
- How do I compare to my competitors?
- What is my competitor’s weakest area?
- How do my customers view my products?
- Which machine should I buy?
- Should I make this widget or buy it?
- What is the best alternative? Why?
EXAMPLE CONSULTING PROJECTS:
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|Project Description||Company Description||Benefits||Related Links|
|Data collection and financial analysis||Chemical company||Strategic advantage||ACM Mar 2001, p.1|
ACM Sep 2000, p.11
|Consolidate/simplify product design||Defense electronics||Reduce parts & options counts, costs|
|Requirement gathering for implementing simulation modeling in their sales and marketing process||Electronic assembly equipment manufacturer||Data validation, verification||ACM Dec 1999, p. 1|
|Cost analysis of test system and wafer prober combination||Equipment supplier||Combined COO|
|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 1999, p.1|
|Review and assess equipment designs for quality, reliability, safety, manufacturability, and maintainability||Equipment supplier||Higher quality, reliability, and safety; better maintainability and manufacturability; lower COO||Link to recommended book “Hi-tech Reliability”|
|Reliability predictions||Equipment supplier||Higher reliability; lower COO|
|Reliability test, planning, and results analysis||Equipment supplier||Higher reliability; lower COO|
|Develop quality and reliability goals and specifications||Equipment suppliers and users||Higher quality and reliability; lower COO|
|Quality system assessment and training using standardized supplier quality assessment (SSQA) process||Equipment suppliers and users||Higher quality, reliability, and safety; lower COO|
|Evaluate effectiveness of reliability improvement program||Equipment suppliers and users||Higher reliability; lower COO|
|Created product costing models for three different flat panel display manufacturing technologies||FPD manufacturer||Strategic advantage|
|Manufacturing site selection and planning||Internal use||ACM Jun 1999, p. 1|
|Estimate impacts of changes in marketing strategies on competitor’s revenue||Packaging supplier||Refine marketing strategy||ACM Mar 2000, p. 1|
|Cost of ownership analysis comparing equipment for new gate process||Semiconductor manufacturing||Equipment with lower COO|
|Cost of ownership analysis comparing new process and materials on photolithography||Semiconductor manufacturing||Justification of additional cost resulting in lower COO||ACM Fall 2005, p.1|
|Comparison financial analysis to understand process cost impacts of planarization methods||Semiconductor materials supplier||Optimization|| ACM Sep 1999, p.10|
|Assess and improve productivity of manufacturing operations||Semiconductor manufacturers||Reduce manufacturing cycle time and costs||ACM Fall 2006, p.1|
|Assess relative technical/business strengths/weakness of semiconductor equipment manufacturers||Investment bank||Guide investment decisions|