“We keep working harder and producing less.” Have you ever said that to yourself or to your colleague and wonder when is it going to end? Or the famous, “we need to work smarter not harder” followed by few if any smart ideas on how to do that. It is all too common, and all too true.
That is why CREAN developed a framework for successful Smart Factory implementations and that framework starts with the CREAN Capacity Optimization & Analysis Tool (COAT). We did not just think it up. It is based on decades of experience of experts having worked with hundreds of organizations to work out how to work smarter and how to produce more while eliminating the crazy amount of overtime. There is one thing you can be sure of and that is, doing the same thing day after day and expecting better results will not happen. So, we recommend using approaches that are proven to work and we work collaboratively to tailor those approaches to meet the needs of our clients.
With the CREAN Capacity Optimization & Analysis Tool (COAT) customized to the client’s operation, decisions become simpler. “It is one of those tools that is as essential to operations managers as a nail gun is to a carpenter, yet it is so often overlooked or insufficient.” Few ERP system implementations give accurate capacity analysis despite the advertisements. But the CREAN COAT delivers the needed answers and that is why we never leave home without our COAT. My mom would be so pleased that I am following her advice.
Do we have the free capacity available to take that big order or will we need to shift resources or make some new investments? When can we promise delivery? Are our resources properly deployed? Should the whole plant be on OT, a select few, or no one if we deployed more efficiently? What is the cost of poor quality? What is the cost of unplanned maintenance? And, lest we forget, what is the TRUE capacity of my operation (you would be amazed at the answers we typically get – far more with far less overtime, usually)? And that just scratches the surface on what your organization learns when we work together to create a COAT for your company.
When our experts engage with a client, there is a reason why we start with a week or two deep dive to gather information that allows us to populate the CREAN Capacity Optimization & Analysis Tool (COAT) for your focused operations. It is our way of learning about your company. Since we firmly believe you cannot improve what you do not understand. We don’t even start the interactions with our clients on the topic of improvements until we have the understanding needed which the COAT development processes bring. It is the foundational analysis needed to make informed decisions.
There are several steps and tools used as part of the CREAN framework for Smart Factory improvement success, but it all starts with the Capacity Optimization & Analysis Tool (COAT).
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