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Getting on the Growth Path

Mfg silhouette webManaging manufacturing operations is rarely seen as glamorous, or central to most company’s growth strategy. Unless of course you aren’t delivering reliably or efficiently enough. Then everything changes: 

- Costs increase 
- Customers are jeopardized
- Profits erode
- Time goes to fire-fighting, not to growth and new business

 

For more than 25 years manufacturers large and small have called us to help them overcome their operational problems and grow their businesses. Our structured focused approach and leadership cuts through the noise obscuring the most critical things to change–keeping clients on-track and getting the results they need in a fraction of the time expected. In a matter of a few months our clients realize results like:

-Novartis Animal Health- 37% increase in shipments, increasing annual profit more than $15 million, and avoiding $18 million in capital investment
-Hendrickson- Past-due orders eliminated, shipments up more than 24%, profits up more than 60%.
-Stryker- Production up 68% and labor costs cut more than 20%, back orders eliminated
 
Increasing the reliability, efficiency and responsiveness of their manufacturing operations enables our clients to improve margins and profits, retain and grow the customers, and focus on executing their strategies. And we stand behind our work fully, we are even prepared to link our fees to the clients performance targets.  
 

When manufacturing runs smoothly and delivers reliably, everything goes better and you can focus on the future. So if operational issues are stunting your growth plans, and draining your energies, give us a call. There’s no cost, and if we think we can help you, we’ll be fully prepared to tie our payments to your results.

 

 From Small to Giga-Watts

First Solar

First Solar is a great success story by almost any measure–sales in excess of $4 billion, market valuation of more than $5 billion. When Viable Vision was first asked to help, more than 10 years ago, revenues were less than $20 million and they were bleeding money every month. There was serious doubt they would be able to achieve the manufacturing productivity and efficiency targets (cost/watt) needed to be viable in the market. It would have been very difficult to believe then that the company would go public valued at over $2 billion just a few years later. (read more)

Silos Getting you Down?

Silo problem

Is getting all of the functions in your business to work smoothly together holding your business back? Then you’ve got a silo problem.

Senior executives overwhelmingly complain about the difficulty they face in breaking down the silos in their organization. In a recent survey of top executives, the challenges of getting teams to work together, addressing conflicting priorities, and struggling to get consistent execution of their strategy across the business, were all ranked in the top 5.

This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone in industry–this problem has been around for a very long time. But what may surprise you is that one of the biggest causes of this problem is, self-inflicted. I know, it sounds odd, after all why would If you want to understand how we create silos in our organization, and more importantly what we can do about it, keep reading. (read more)

Viable Vision

Viable Vision’s team has been closely involved in the development and implementation of Theory of Constraints since it’s earliest days. Our team has worked with manufacturers around the world across the full spectrum of industry groups. The key to our success has been our unique implementation approach that maps the concepts of TOC directly onto your business, so there isn’t the usual gap between concept and application. We help you design and implement all of the business processes you need to make TOC work in your business. And our Socratic teaching and learning process transfers the capability to sustain and grow the results fully to your team. We are most proud of the growing results our clients achieve AFTER we have left the scene.

 

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