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June 7, 2017

The ripple effect from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch’s downgrading South Africa to junk status is sure to affect each and every South African, from the guy on the street to leading CEOs. This will not happen overnight but in the months to come, the downgrade will lead a weaker rand and in turn less disposable income for each and every one of us.

Manufacturers will feel the pressure from both sides. Firstly, higher living costs will disturb customer demand and thus sales volumes or prices. On the other side, raw material prices (especially imported materials) as well as labour will increase and result in increased cost of goods sold.

The Investment potential of the South African manufacturing industry will also decline as a result of less favour...

May 30, 2017

Client:   National company

Project:  Manufacturing Improvement Project.

Result:  Optimised Production Schedules, Operations Management Improvements, KPI Improvements.

Problem Statement (Complexity):

  • Large Project Range, Fluctuating Demand, Unsynchronised Supply Chain.

  • Incorrect KPI Measurement.

  • High Overtime Costs.

The Improvement Project provided the following:

  •  Overall Facility Capacity.

  • New Dynamic Scheduling.

Project Outputs:

  • 12% increase in capacity utilisation.

  • Reduction in plant overtime.

  • 30% increase in assembly line processing speed.

  • Measured activities.

  • Supply Chain Synchronisation

May 24, 2017

Client:   Multi National Logistics Provider

Project:  Determine the warehouse requirements (inside and outside) for the consolidation of   various facilities into a single facility.

Result:  Determination of warehouse requirements with regards to logistics, resources and   material storage .

Warehouse requirements

  • The warehouse was analysed with the support of a simulation model and QlikView reporting to determine the requirements if multiple storage facilities are consolidated.

  • The model included end-to-end warehouse functions which include:

  • Storage yard logistics;

  • Receiving and Dispatch;

  • Binning and Picking; and

  • Material movement etc.

Simulation model

  • CAD drawings were used as a blueprint for the mo...

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June 7, 2017

The ripple effect from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch’s downgrading South Africa to junk status is sure to affect each and every South African, from the guy on the street to leading CEOs. This will not happen overnight but in the months to come, the downgrade will lead a weaker rand and in turn less disposable income for each and every one of us.

Manufacturers will feel the pressure from both sides. Firstly, higher living costs will disturb customer demand and thus sales volumes or prices. On the other side, raw material prices (especially imported...

May 30, 2017

Client:   National company

Project:  Manufacturing Improvement Project.

Result:  Optimised Production Schedules, Operations Management Improvements, KPI Improvements.

Problem Statement (Complexity):

  • Large Project Range, Fluctuating Demand, Unsynchronised Supply Chain.

  • Incorrect KPI Measurement.

  • High Overtime Costs.

The Improvement Project provided the following:

  •  Overall Facility Capacity.

  • New Dynamic Scheduling.

Project Outputs:

  • 12% increase in capacity utilisation.

  • Reduction in plant overtime.

  • 30% increase i...

May 24, 2017

Client:   Multi National Logistics Provider

Project:  Determine the warehouse requirements (inside and outside) for the consolidation of   various facilities into a single facility.

Result:  Determination of warehouse requirements with regards to logistics, resources and   material storage .

Warehouse requirements

  • The warehouse was analysed with the support of a simulation model and QlikView reporting to determine the requirements if multiple storage facilities are consolidated.

  • The model included end-to-end warehouse functions w...

May 16, 2017

Facility Evaluation of a FMCG Company - Case Study

Client:   Multi-national company

Project:  Strategic facility layout re-design and capacity assessment.

Result:  Conceptual and Detail Facility Layout, Lean Principle implementation, Line Specific   Throughput definition, Best-Practise identification.

Problem Statement (Complexity):

  • Expanding facility over a number of years without redesigning facility.

  • Outdated and unreliable equipment and production data gathering techniques.

  • Limited warehousing capacity.

  • Unsynchronised Dem...

May 11, 2017

Client:   Large Ferrochrome smelter

Project:  Determine the material movement requirement at its plant and compiled a scope of work   for contractor tender purposes.

Result:  Reduced equipment footprint and improved  contracting methodology.

Material movement requirements

  • The material movement requirements were quantified for contractor tender renewal purposes.

  • A simulation model was developed to evaluate potential contractual improvement opportunities. This included mapping of material flow. Business processes and time studies f...

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