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The latest in operational and digital transformation through people.

   

Recession, tariffs, trade-deals – Oh My! How to turn the uncertainty to your advantage

While a ‘phase one’ deal may avoid further escalation, with the existing tariffs still in place and steel prices continuing to rise, along with the risk of recession and USMCA ratification on the congressional agenda, North American manufacturers find themselves at a pivotal moment.

Capital Projects: Deliver critical path items with ZERO safety incidents

What if you could deliver critical path items for your billion-dollar capital project, on time and on budget – with no lost time and no safety incidents

Proudfoot designs, implements, and accelerates operational and digital transformation through people. Known for our hands-on approach, industry experience, and resolve, Proudfoot delivers an agile workforce, improves performance, expands profitability, and propels top-line growth for our clients. 

Is your continuous improvement program stalled? Avoid these analytics mistakes

Implementing a continuous improvement program is an important step toward increasing productivity. Having your plant manager and executives look at data from your processes hourly gives you greater visibility of performance issues across your operation. This added insight is valuable, but is your team properly interpreting the data in order to know the right course of action for a given problem?

How much is S&OP misalignment costing your business?

More than ever, businesses today operate through a complex, interconnected system of handoffs. Often what looks like underperformance in one department is in fact a symptom of underlying misalignment between several business units, each acting on competing priorities.

Struggling to find rail talent in a tough labor market? Get productive first.

Across the rail industry, shortages in skilled labor and gaps in knowledge management are beginning to affect operations, meaning organizations across the sector are left to navigate structural challenges with respect to safety, operations, morale, and profits.  How can you combat these industry-wide trends, improve throughput, and build a culture of efficiency and continuous improvement without adding any resources? It all starts with your people, the front-line workers, supervisors, and folks on the ground where the work gets done.

How a major food producer transformed a struggling plant and boosted worker morale

When a major food producer acquired a new production facility to keep up with growing demand, the plant faced challenges in nearly every phase of operations. Throughput and quality were suffering, costs were increasing, and the work force was frustrated. With the help of Proudfoot, they rapidly transformed their wall-to-wall operations and engaged the enthusiasm of their people.

Prior to engaging Proudfoot, their new Ohio packaged foods plant was struggling with numerous challenges related to packing, sealing, and cooking. Inefficient changeovers and sanitation procedures were also leading to excessive machine downtime.

Lack of effective communication and management visibility were major factors. “One of the issues we had was communication from the supervisor on the floor.” said their President. There was also no accountability for performance on the lines. “It didn't matter whether you ran good or ran bad,” said a Production Line Lead. 

The organization was determined to quickly reduce costs and increase throughput in order to capitalize on the fast approaching holiday season. With no time to lose, the Proudfoot team got to work investigating the root causes of problems and addressing them at the source.

A key to the success of the project was how Proudfoot built trust with their people at every level from the beginning. “I am very proud of the entire plant embracing this project,” said their VP of Food Safety. This level of participation and trust allowed us to uncover improvement opportunities that leadership would otherwise never have known about.

In a short period of time, we helped the company improve systems, tools, and processes throughout their operation. Establishing our #HeadsUP active management leadership model increased employee engagement, contributing to:

  • 16% reduction in cost per 100 lbs.    
  • Exceeded production targets by 7.5M lbs.
  • 40% increase in OEE
  • 20% reduction in machine downtime
  • Changeover time reduced 19 hours per week
  • Year 1 savings: $6.3 million

“The level of engagement has gone up greatly… I think this not only helped us improve our operations and financials, but also the morale of our associates,” remarked the Senior Director of Finance.

Our end-to-end transformation of their operations and company culture propelled them to record production volumes and positioned them for ongoing success.

Download the full Case Study to learn more about how Proudfoot engaged their people to break through performance barriers and lift work force morale.

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Contact the Proudfoot Industrials Management Team today at 404 260 0600 or info@proudfoot.com to discuss ways to increase production, reduce costs, and energize your work force.

Tough time finding aerospace technicians?  Get more productive first

Over the last decade, the aviation industry has experienced unprecedented growth, leading to major shifts and changes in the way the market has functioned and will function going forward.  Since the end of the downturn almost a decade ago, Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs), a common measure of airline performance, has averaged year-on-year growth of over 6% (source:  IATA). This growth has been a boon for airlines and is indicative of the overall strength of the global economy.  However, with growth comes challenges.  One of the most pressing of these challenges for airlines, and adjacent maintenance organizations, is the ongoing struggle to meet labor requirements. 

Minimizing the Impact of Trade Tariffs on Your Supply Chain

Every day there is more news about international trade. It can be quite a challenge to make the best decisions for your supply chain without knowing how the environment may change. Not only do you have to consider the potential impact on costs, but also the effects on the performance of your global supply chain. Are you losing sleep over how tariffs might throw a wrench into your cross-border operations? Let’s explore what the impact could be and examine some possible solutions.

6 Considerations for Safer Operations

When companies prioritize safe, healthy operations, they enable their people to bring their best to work.  

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Successful Contractor Management

Last year, Proudfoot worked with five of the top mining construction companies worldwide. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, share insight into the processes that lead to successful contractor management – from contract to performance measurement systems to project completion -- on large-scale, complex projects in this brief informative video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Length of Engagement

What if you could make significant headway on your most pressing goals, delivering tomorrow’s results, today? With Proudfoot, you can. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss the benefits and flexibility of both short- and long-term engagements, including a project that started as a 6-month engagement and expanded to a 2-year engagement, ultimately bringing in over $184 million in annualized benefits for the client. At Proudfoot, we take pride in providing measurable financial benefits to our clients.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Working With Mining Companies

Proudfoot has a long history of working with top global mining companies on some of the most interesting and challenging developments in the world. We’ve learned a few things in our 73 years of putting our boots on the ground, including how to quickly and thoroughly assess complex operations and provide specific, measurable, actionable solutions. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss our work in this brief engaging video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Safe Operations

What if you could develop an ambitious new project safely, on time and on budget? With Proudfoot, you can. Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss the three key priorities that create an aligned, sustainable, safe operations environment.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Risk, Safety & Productivity

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss keeping risk out of projects by having a plan, and working the plan. When safety improves, productivity improves as well. Find out more in this brief, informative video.

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Boots On the Ground

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss Proudfoot’s unique “boots on the ground” approach, which allows us to become intimately familiar with our clients’ operations at every level, from the C-suite to the front lines, and how that approach equips us to better serve our clients. Learn more in this brief informative video:

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Integrated Planning Process

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss how Proudfoot applies over seven decades of expertise to create innovative, effective solutions for our clients. How did the manufacturing sector inspire a custom product for a mining client? Learn more in this brief informative video:

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Social License & Sustainability

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss social license to operate and sustainability in this brief informative video. Are you prepared for the future of mining?

 

Accelerating Growth Video Series: Large Scale Capital Projects

Jon Wylie, President of Global Natural Resources at Proudfoot, and Paul Batten, Vice President of Operations, discuss how to effectively and safely accelerate growth in large scale capital projects. Do you have organization-wide alignment? Are your people leading at all levels? Is your leadership approach instructive? Learn how to effectively accelerate growth in these informative videos.