Operational Efficiency Enhancements

The need for processes to become more efficient is a never-ending cycle brought on by the necessity to reduce costs or to meet new legislative or environmental requirements. The realm of efficiency related projects is vast, but could be anything from:

  • Change-over time reductions
  • Reduced water & energy consumptions
  • Reduced waste (production, by-products, defects, etc.)
  • Reduced TAT’s (Turn-Around-Times), etc.

There are many different methods, principles and tools used to make processes more efficient, such as: Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, SMED, Five S, Just-In-Time, Gemba, Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Improvement, 5 Whys, etc. Although each one has its place, their aim is the same – eliminate waste and / or maximise value in a logical way.

RIC’s approach is based on a core understanding of the process. Therefore, in order to drive efficiency, the process is first wholly understood (often through physical hands-on experience if required). This is followed by choosing the correct Industrial Engineering principles for the task, followed by developing the optimal solution. The sustainability and impact of the solutions are the key drivers to measure our success.