TYPICAL QUESTIONS WE ANSWER:
- What is my competition?
- How shall I position my product?
- Is my new idea feasible in today’s manufacturing environment?
- How does my product impact my customer’s costs? How does he benefit?
- How do I ensure design and delivery of a reliable, cost-effective solution to my customers?
- Will my product be competitive in the future?
- Where shall I make my new product?
- I make or buy the components?
- What should I outsource? What are the costs/benefits?
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|
|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|
|Design-in quality, reliability, safety, manufacturability, and maintainability (DFX)||Equipment supplier||Higher quality, reliability, and safety; better maintainability and manufacturability; lower COO|
|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|
|Training and consulting of simulation implementation for capacity planning and design of their new factory||Flat panel manufacturer, semiconductor manufacturer||Data validation, verification||ACM Sep 2000, p.1|
|Analysis of semiconductor DRAM supply chain and delivery risk||Internal use||Determine minimum inventories||Supply chain white paper|
|Estimate impacts of changes in marketing strategies on competitor’s revenue||Packaging supplier||Refine marketing strategy||ACM Mar 2000, p.1|
|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|
|Cost of ownership analysis comparing equipment for new gate process||Semiconductor manufacturer||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|
|Evaluation of Cost of Ownership for a new CVD and CMP processes||Semiconductor materials supplier||Lower cost|
|Evaluated a passivation material and process technology for overall product cost impact on semiconductor fabrication and final assembly||Semiconductor materials supplier||Lower cost|
|Forecast long-range semiconductor equipment demand||Investment bank||Enhance investments||ACM Sep 2001, p.5|
|Assess relative technical/business strengths/weakness of semiconductor equipment manufacturers||Investment bank||Guide investment decisions|