Pinnacle Strategies Featured in Industrial Automation Highlighting Gulf of Mexico Cleanup

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Pinnacle Strategies Featured in Industrial Automation Highlighting Gulf of Mexico Cleanup

Industrial Automation recently looked at how Rapid Analysis and Bottleneck Improvement Teams (RABIT) helped increase production of tubing hangers in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup. In the article entitled, "Rapid Analysis and Bottleneck Improvement Team Drives Double Throughput,” manufacturing journalist TR Cutler reported how Pinnacle Strategies was brought into Reliable Machinists Corporation (RMC) and introduced RABIT.

Reliable Machinists Corporation (RMC) is a family owned provider of precision machining and fabrication services with rapid response capabilities and a focus on customer service. Expertise in the energy industry is an asset for the production of tubing hangers, Valve bodies, and other precision components for oil and energy applications.

Recently a special situation triggered the search for a unique solution. Luu Triet, Operations Manager for RMC described the circumstances, noting, “One of the products we machine for our customer is a Valve body ranging from 18 inches to 48 inches. The shop guys were producing 20-40 of these per month depending on size and requirements. Our customer asked to see if we could improve our output. They wanted about 300 units from various vendors. We needed to rev up if we were to be secured. After using some learned past techniques, tighter scheduling, batching, not quoting certain work, lots of over time, we raised our Valve body output to 60-80. This was draining on everybody.”

In just three months of the RABIT implementation output increased; throughput of Valve bodies jumped from 60 to 80 per month to 130- 150; double throughput allowed RMC to take on additional major project work that previously resulted in total suspension of regular Valve body production. Before the Pinnacle Strategies engagement was completed, RMC realized a financial return exceeding the cost of consulting services.

Triet said, “The biggest impact of all was a very impressed and delighted customer. RMC was able to continue being the prime supplier to this customer, which is crucial to RMC's continued prosperity.”

Mark Woeppel, President and CEO of Pinnacle Strategies insisted, “Companies have a habit of dealing with the fallout of project management disasters after they happen, rather than identifying and implementing a workable solution before problems arise.”

Woeppel believes, “The focus should be on fixing the cause, not the symptom of the problem. We have learned that the root cause of most project management problems is found in how people manage the uncertainty inherent in projects.”

When Pinnacle Strategies worked with boom manufacturers to immediately boost output (in support of containing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico), more output was needed immediately. Not the ideal situation to hire and train new people or to order and wait for new machines. Pinnacle Strategies' teams questioned how to improve output and then pursued the answer until a solution was found. Read about how the improvements were found at these manufacturers and how improvements can be achieved by examining ways to use existing resources smarter and then implementing those changes in the second lesson of the eBook, Achieving Top Performance Under the Worst Conditions: 7 Lessons Learned from a Disaster link http://pinnacle-strategies.com/lp2/.

About Pinnacle Strategies
Pinnacle Strategies is an international management consulting firm focused on operations management excellence. The firm works with organizations to increase shareholder value by developing high-performance business processes that significantly enhance productivity, reduce costs and time to market, improving profitability and accelerating sustainable growth. Pinnacle Strategies offers results-driven consulting solutions in the areas of performance management, project management, operations management, and supply chain. Pinnacle Strategies is the developer of ViewPoint a service that dramatically simplifies managing projects, enabling project teams to rapidly improve project performance. The RABIT methodology is a proprietary approach that is concentrated on implementing quick response solutions with rapid results. The RABIT methodology culminates years of practical experience and expertise in continuous improvement; it consistently delivers dramatic increases in process output to deliver solutions to industrial and manufacturing firms worldwide. Pinnacle Strategies offers results-driven consulting solutions in the areas of performance management, project management, operations management, and supply chain.

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