Our team has managed a wide variety of projects including construction projects, product development, design and install of manufacturing lines, software design, global process standardization, global process management systems, and online status monitors (performance dashboards).
Helping customers bring their vision to life!
Our experienced project managers continually strive for quality, functionality, beauty and value in residential, churches, commercial and industrial environments. As the liaison between the customer and the contractor, we help reduce the stress that construction often brings.
Our team of process experts works hard to understand operations. We study people flow, material flow, product and information flow. We work with employees to understand what works/does not work in their present environment and we help derive layouts to help them better serve customers.
Can’t imagine spending extra money for a project manager? Our customers often save 2 to 4 times what it costs to hire us! We challenge building codes to ensure you only pay for what is required by law. We also look beyond ‘the cost of the construction,’ to ensure that long term costs like property tax, power bills, capital loans and maintenance costs are as low as they can be.
Enclosed Porch for a 19th Century Farmhouse
This property has been in the same family for four generations. The family hopes to enclose the sunny south side of the home to create a cozy place for family and grandkids to visit and play.
Moving a kitchen from one end of the house to the other in DesMoines, IA.
Our team has designed and implemented 100’s of high volume components leveraging a wide variety of manufacturing methods including injection molding, insert mold decorating, gas-assist injection molding, plastic and aluminum extrusions, roll-forming, stamping, thermoform, and more. These efforts have led to three United States patents.
Design Simplification Workshops
One of our specialties is helping product development teams explore more cost effective designs. We offer a unique workshop that we call Lean Design. It is a hybrid between Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA) and Value Stream Mapping. We help the design team scrutinize everything; part count, packaging, transportation, logistics and assembly. These efforts commonly reduce part counts by 20 – 50% and simplify the value stream saving millions of dollars year-over-year in operating costs.
Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Engineers are deep thinkers and have a responsibility to analyze the technical. Unfortunately, they can get a bit too caught up in the details (we know, because we are often guilty of the same!) and forget to design for those that matter most; the customer. Our company offers training on a customer-focused Failure Mode Effects Analysis method developed by our owner and nearly 50 product development specialists. We also promote a more effective risk prioritization developed by Donald J. Wheeler. The work of our owner and Donald were published in the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) Potential Failure Mode & Effects Analysis – 4th Edition Publication. This unique FMEA method has been trained to hundreds of product developers around the globe.
Design and Install of Manufacturing Lines
New Assembly Line
We have studied the work flow of more than 100 assembly personnel, leveraged our understanding, the data and the 3P (Production Preparation Process) tool to design a new, leaner work environment. In parallel we designed custom conveyors and purchased and installed packaging equipment.
Improved Assembly Cells
We have worked with experienced staff in Illinois, Tennessee, Washington and Indiana, to understand operations and facilitate changes that improved operating efficiency from 20 – 70+%.
Process Documentation Management
Our team has helped design and implement a software system for managing the creation, review, approval and revision of global process documentation.
Our team has developed a user-friendly online global process flow diagram for a Fortune 500 Product Development company. Users click on the flow steps to open a new internet window that describes the who, what, when and why of the process steps.
Our team developed and implemented an online global dashboard. In just a few mouse clicks, leadership could view the real-time status of projects around the world.