Turning product mix and varying run lengths into a strategic advantage

Turning product mix and varying run lengths into a strategic advantage

A contract aerosol manufacturer, built through acquisitions, was looking to consolidate its manufacturing into a single location. They had accumulated an incredibly diverse product line and, within that, very diverse order patterns and sizes.

The CEO was concerned with two main challenges: “How do we best schedule our production and manage our inventory?” and “What should we work on first to improve?”

Resurrecting operations following a failed ERP launch

Resurrecting operations following a failed ERP launch

A rapidly expanding food processing company implemented an enterprise resource planning system that left the leadership effectively blind to key metrics and processes such as inventory levels, production planning, scheduling, raw material needs, waste levels, and line performance.

Creating the belief that more is possible - Meeting the needs of the head and the heart

Creating the belief that more is possible - Meeting the needs of the head and the heart

In order to improve yield within a manufacturing facility, one must first create the belief that there is more opportunity to realize. In this case study we show two different ways we created this belief in organizations that needed to realize significant opportunity.

Stalled Capital Project Revived and Completed Successfully, Well Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Stalled Capital Project Revived and Completed Successfully, Well Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

A senior oil and gas operator saw a timely opportunity to create value with a brownfield capital addition. If the proposed addition could be brought online soon enough then substantial additional output could be created before the next major phase of capital development.

ENABLING SALES GROWTH WITH BREAKTHROUGH CAPACITY INCREASE

ENABLING SALES GROWTH WITH BREAKTHROUGH CAPACITY INCREASE

Amidst unprecedented market growth a food processing company was expecting 20% year-on-year revenue increases, and was reaching the limit of their capacity to meet demand. During the previous three years production lines had been pushed to nameplate rates, downtime had been reduced to world-class levels, and production schedules had been optimized to keep up with incoming orders. With years of improvement already realized, many believed that there was little opportunity to improve capacity without a major capital expansion.

ORE THROUGHPUT INCREASE

ORE THROUGHPUT INCREASE

An oil sands mine operator was looking for its next game-changing improvement following a series of debottlenecking and optimization investments. Company leadership believed opportunity must exist in their current asset, but were struggling to highlight it given all of the improvement they’d achieved.

REDUCING QUALITY FAILURES BY 90%

REDUCING QUALITY FAILURES BY 90%

A leading beverage producer was weeks away from cancelling their “back-to-school” product launch due to contamination in their signature product. One production line had been shut down because its cartons were consistently contaminated. Leaders felt stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, now running that line meant missing “back-to-school” demand. On the other, running the line to meet demand risked contamination in a product they market to children.

GOING BEYOND QUALITY BENCHMARKS

GOING BEYOND QUALITY BENCHMARKS

A leading chemicals manufacturer had successfully driven their operating cost to best-in-class levels within the stringent quality regulations of their product. Continuing cost pressure left plant leadership uncertain how their facility would further reduce cost beyond industry benchmark levels while maintaining quality. The team partnered with Stroud to find and deliver bottom-line improvements while improving overall product quality.

ACCELERATING A MAJOR GROWTH PROJECT

ACCELERATING A MAJOR GROWTH PROJECT

In any new industrial facility, the time from when the project is first conceived to when it first generates revenue is pivotal to its financial performance. During the construction phase, every day that can be saved means avoiding costly overhead and bringing operating revenue forward in time.

SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION

SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION

One of the world’s largest confectionery companies wanted to radically improve their supply chain performance in parallel with a global restructuring effort. The company faced immediate cost pressure from increased commodity prices, making near-term cost savings a necessity for their reorganization.

TRUCK ENGINES REPLACED 80% FASTER

TRUCK ENGINES REPLACED 80% FASTER

An open pit mine was growing production, needing more heavy hauling trucks to move payload throughout the mine. Maintenance leaders in the mine were challenged to get more run hours from their existing trucks while incorporating new trucks into their already full maintenance schedule.

EXITING SCOPING STUDY WITH GREAT ECONOMICS AND HIGH CERTAINTY

EXITING SCOPING STUDY WITH GREAT ECONOMICS AND HIGH CERTAINTY

Time was of the essence for a senior miner with a remote operation. After developing over 60 scenario alternatives for extending operations, the most attractive option failed to meet the investment threshold, requiring at least a 35% increase in IRR. With 4 years of initial mine life remaining, the future of the operation was in question despite a significant investment to date, a capable workforce and known developable resources.

BEYOND TRADITIONAL VALUE ENGINEERING

BEYOND TRADITIONAL VALUE ENGINEERING

At Stroud, we reject the notion that projects will naturally gravitate toward a definitive optimum of cost, quality and schedule. We have nurtured and developed a powerful analytical approach to rapidly determine the constraint-free, theoretical maximum potential of any project case. With this approach, we pull alongside your people and genuinely help them to find and realize more opportunity to enhance their project’s outcome than they currently believe exists. The solutions are theirs and they own the success.

New Oil and Gas Facility Recovers Lost Time by Ramping-Up to Full Capacity in Half the Time

New Oil and Gas Facility Recovers Lost Time by Ramping-Up to Full Capacity in Half the Time

Having been completed behind schedule, a new oil and gas facility was under additional pressure to perform. With a planned 18-month period to achieve design production rates, an effort was launched to seek improvements to accelerate this ramp up.

GROWING MANUFACTURER INCREASES OUTPUT

GROWING MANUFACTURER INCREASES OUTPUT

A food and beverage company was excited about projected sales growth for one of their products and knew increased demand would soon outpace their production capabilities. They were planning a multi-million-dollar capital expansion to meet this demand which showed an attractive return. Even with this viable option on the table, leaders were curious whether an alternative existed that could meet their demand needs faster and at lower cost.

CHEMICAL PROCESS OUTPUT INCREASED 80%

CHEMICAL PROCESS OUTPUT INCREASED 80%

Leaders at a bio-refinery were aiming to capitalize on increasing product demand. The trouble was available feed quality was decreasing. Seeing limited opportunity to raise production with lower-quality feedstock, the leadership team was concerned that a rushed, multi-million dollar equipment upgrade may be the only option. They worried that an expensive, time-intensive capital solution would be risky if the emerging market underperformed. They brought in Stroud to help the refinery meet increased demand with their existing asset base while utilizing lower-grade input feed.