Our consultants have experience in a wide variety of industries in the United States, Canada, Australia, and abroad. With each company we work with, our experience grows. Today, we bring our clients the insight that comes from working extensively with more than 300 companies.
While the employee issues are often consistent from industry to industry, technological and financial issues can vary widely. To demonstrate this, we have listed some of the industries and problems faced at companies that we have worked with.
Click on the links below to find examples of companies we have worked within your industry:
Minerals:Â Coal, gold, lead, tin, nickel.
Technologies:Â Open cut, underground, room and pillar, retreat, longwall,Â open stope.
- The high cost of todayâ€™s mining equipment necessitates running all equipment for as many hours as possible every week.
- Maintenance requirements frequently cause conflicts with productionÂ activities.
- Labor costs are a significant portion of the cost of mining. This resultsÂ in lean staffing which, in turn, results in many problems associated with overtime distribution and absenteeism.
- The marginal cost of additional production can make spot market salesÂ very lucrative.
Types:Â Batch and continuous process, assembly lines, verticallyÂ and horizontally integrated, high and low-tech.
- Equipment costs vary widely from one manufacturing operation to another.Â If the equipment is expensive, companies strive to get the maximum utilizationÂ out of every piece. If equipment is relatively inexpensive, companiesÂ often buy more machines to increase productionâ€“until they run out ofÂ room to expand. Under both scenarios, shiftwork becomes a byproduct ofÂ growth.
- Production demands frequently vary with the seasons. This usually resultsÂ in high overtime and temporary help utilization.
- Often labor-intensive, most manufacturing environments are stronglyÂ affected by local unemployment levels.
- Many manufacturing companies produce hundreds of SKUâ€™s at a single facility.Â This creates an inventory and changeover problems.
Types:Â Beef, chicken, seafood, soups and gravies, canned foods, confectioneries, snack foods.
- In addition to normal manufacturing issues, food processing is oftenÂ driven by sanitation requirements. Meeting these requirements reduces the timeÂ available for both production and maintenance activities.
- Seasonal demands vary more in food processing than in most other manufacturingÂ environments.
- Freshness issues create numerous deadlines that constrain the operation.
- Not meeting demands means cut orders and lost customers. All of theseÂ issues make an efficient and flexible shiftwork operation extremely important.
Refining, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
- Huge capital investments require all oil refineries and many chemicalÂ operations to maximize their equipment utilization with schedules thatÂ cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- While these types of schedules are ideal for continuous operations,Â they may fail to meet other scheduling needs of the organization.
- Safety issues make dedicated training time essential to the safe operationÂ of these plants.
Types:Â Local/county/city, state/providence, correctional.
- Service and safety are paramount concerns for both the officers andÂ the public.
- Coverage is needed 24/7, with higher coverage usually needed duringÂ commute times and evening hours.
- Governmental budgets are being squeezed even as populations (and thereforeÂ the workload) increases.
- The opportunity to use alternative shifts like 10-hour shifts is greaterÂ here than in almost any other industry.Â Click here for more information.
Types:Â Books, commercial, direct mail, newspapers.
- With the exception of newspapers, most printing operations functionÂ as huge job-shops. Every product is different.
- Make-ready and changeover time management is essential to efficientÂ operations.
- Equipment performance often varies significantly from machine to machineÂ â€” yielding production improvements through equipment optimization.
- Printing skills are readily transferred to new employers, making employeeÂ retention essential.
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