Tag Archive: machinery

Queenstown, New Zealand and the Value of Your Surroundings

November 24th, 2017

Queenstown has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!  They realize this advantage and put these beautiful surroundings to good use.  Beyond tours of all shapes and sizes (ranging from jet boats to off-roading vehicle tours and more), the gorgeous sites make for a great backdrop for movies.  For example, in an adorable tiny town outside of Queenstown called Glenorchy, they film movies with the amazing scenery.  Certainly, you’ll recognize some of the names such as the Lord of the Rings, Wolverine, the Chronicles of Narnia and, most recently, Mission Impossible 6 with Tom Cruise.  Each of these used the backdrop below in one way or another.  Have you thought about the value of your surroundings?

One tip to implement this week:
It might be a great place to start by taking a step back or slowing down to observe your surroundings.  Do you see what’s around you?  I know I have certainly been accused of missing things while thinking about a client or an upcoming event.  Why not take a few minutes to notice what is going on around you?  I bet you’ll find it is different than what you thought!

What/Who Are Your Surroundings
You might find that you are surrounded by some amazing scenery as well.  For example, I live in Southern CA, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, the desert and much more.  However, that is the geographic area.  At work, perhaps you can think about the culture and people surrounding you – your colleagues, your customers, your suppliers and more.  Do you appreciate these people?  They can make or break your business and career so perhaps it is worthwhile paying attention.  

Leverage Your Advantages
Additionally, what else surrounds you?  Does your company invest in machinery, equipment or the latest technologies?  Can you leverage these advantages?  Or, at a macro level, perhaps you should think about your surroundings in terms of your industry, economy and more?  And, at the micro level, “the small things” such as the cleanliness and organization of your facility can make a huge difference.  Take the time to look around – what do you like?  How can you put your advantages (strengths) to use?   

Types of Capacity

June 11th, 2015
types of capacity

Businesses with growth ambitions have to gauge the current capacity of every facet of their facility to plan future productivity.

Capacity is a critical element for any business – and especially those interested in growth! A good place to start is to understand your capacity, which can mean different things to different people. The traditional definition relates to the total output you can expect from a machine, group of machines or facility. I view capacity as all of the following:

1. Machine – if your machines were running 24/7, what is the output you would expect?

2. Machine staffing – given your staffing levels, what is the output of your machines?

3. People – what resources and skills do you have available?

4. Building – what is your available space for manufacturing, warehousing, etc.?

5. Warehouse – what is your available storage capacity for your products?

6. Tools/fixtures – what is the available capacity of your tools and fixtures?

7. Shipping & receiving – what is your available capacity in terms of shipping and receiving?

8. Transportation – what is the available capacity of your trucks/transportation partners?

9. Supplier – what is your supplier’s available capacity?

The most important first step is to understand your current capacity. The vast majority of companies I consult with do not have a comprehensive view of this. Thus, this step alone can go a long way. Once you know your current capability, you can compare with required capacity and take actions to address.

Capacity is one of the key steps in a SIOP process (sales, inventory & operations planning). I’ve helped my clients achieve dramatic improvements in service levels, reductions in inventory levels (which frees up cash flow) and improved margins stemming from getting a better handle on capacity. 

Did you like this article? Continue reading on how to be the Strongest Link in your organization:

Leverage Systems for Growth

Rapid Assessments for Success