We collaborate with key individuals to define the operational performance goals for the future, then map out current processes and identify the gaps.
Together we create solutions for the future state that fill the gaps and meet business objectives.
We collaborate with key employees and management to get their valuable input and ensure buy-in and agreement along the way.
We define current bottlenecks and prioritize opportunities for improvement based on cost and effort versus benefit.
We introduce operational “best practices” that apply and we may arrange site visits to other companies to observe these practices in action.
We identify and eliminate process waste and improve operational flexibility and agility.
We utilize root cause analysis. optimization and problem solving analysis and tools from Lean , 6-Sigma, Theory of Constraints, Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Network Optimization, financial analysis, capacity analysis, and others.
Thorough evaluation of alternatives and financial analysis to substantiate all recommendations and return on investment for expenditures.
We define procedures and training and quality programs and we forecast required staffing, resources, space and equipment. We evaluate return-on-investment for all recommendations.
We identify staffing and scheduling and organizational structure improvements to meet business goals.
We provide change management to manage the workforce expectations, communication and stress levels.
We provide effective project management to ensure that all parties are informed of their roles and tasks, and the budget, schedule and performance goals are realized.
I would highly recommend Kocer Consulting + Engineering! We worked with Kocer Consulting in 2016 with a goal to improve to our Manufacturing Division and move to more modern manufacturing techniques (Lean, Six Sigma, 5S projects). Our work with Kocer started with an overall assessment of our manufacturing operation and from there they made recommendations on three key areas they felt would give us the best our best gains in efficiencies and processes. The three area they recommended we focus on were: Quality, Cutting & Machining and Welding. We previously had no formal tracking program in place for quality issues which they assisted us in implementing.
The results of initiating quality tracking has allowed us to do a much better job in determining which areas we have quality issues in and has allowed us to catch defects in areas like welding prior to painting and assembly which has saved us significant dollars. By formally tracking vendor quality has also helped us to better manage our vendor relationships and helped us determine if we need to consider making a change in that area. These quality improvements have certainly made us more effective. From our work with Kocer Consulting we learned to build product in smaller batches which has helped us cut down on our work in progress and inventory dollars.
Through the lean training our welding department came up with more efficient ways to lay out the department to increase product flow thus saving more time. With Kocer’ training and guidance, our people set up an area for all cut Department finished jobs to be placed and labeled so welding can retrieve these components without contacting a supervisor. These are just a few examples of some of the work we did with Kocer Consulting. They were great at keeping our management team informed with their progress by providing us regular reports after each training section. They really helped us implement a better culture for continuous improvement and I would highly recommend Kocer Consulting. The work we did with Kocer has given us a great beginning as we move our business to a more modern manufacturing approach.
Northstar Attachments (Dave Rankin, CEO and Owner)