Synchronous Flow is a process engineering approach to operations management. Every business is a system and every system always has at least one constraint. It is better to manage the constraints than allow them to create chaos in the business.
Synchronous Flow is an overall business operations system that brings control and stability to an otherwise chaotic process. It is a professional approach to business management. It is particularly well suited for the custom fabrication industries because it provides a system to deal with the variety of events that can occur every day. It is ideal for the business that has grown to the point that it must adapt an overall management and control system in order for the company to continue its growth. It is particularly well suited for a rapidly growing business.
Fundamentally, Synchronous Flow coordinates all the activities of the business flow process to one strategically selected step called the Control Point. This point will be scheduled daily to a predetermined level using a metric called Throughput. Throughput is the measure of value added by the company. The amount of Throughput scheduled will be predetermined according to the financial goals of the company. All other functions of the business process will have visibility of the Control Point schedule and their activities will be directed to fill the needs of that schedule.
Planning for a rolling twelve months will be accomplished using the Protective Capacity Planner. This tool will coordinate the three most important elements of a business plan: the market demand, the internal capacity to meet that demand and the financial goals of the company. Any number of business scenarios can be analyzed and the necessary resources to meet the market demand for each can be calculated. This report also establishes the Throughput goals for the coming months for use in scheduling the business system.
The approach to scheduling will be adapted using Throughput as the primary metric. Scheduling this amount, which is indicated from the Protective Capacity Planner, and tracking the business system daily to assure that this amount is actually completed, will assure that the financial goals of the company can be met. A customized Throughput Tracking Report will be developed to provide daily feedback on production performance and lead time goals. To protect the schedule, several buffer zones will be established within the business process flow. These buffer zones will be managed daily by the operations staff. The Throughput Tracking Report and the Buffer Management process will be tailored to apply specifically to your business approach.
Several regular business analysis tools will be established to identify the primary causes of issues occurring anywhere in the operations process from the invitation to bid, through fabrication and installation of the finished products; as well as the invoicing and collection of payments. These analysis tools will identify the most important issues to be addressed by the company toward continuous improvement of business operations. The process to address these identified issues will be rooted in the Synchronous Flow methodologies.
We help people gain control of their business. We work primarily with entrepreneurs, usually in process and manufacturing operations, who are dissatisfied with their business results. Poor Customer service, long lead times, too much inventory, chaos in the business system and unacceptable (or nonexistent) bottom line profits are often the targets our Clients identify. Working with the existing people and resources, we help our Clients to “synchronize” their business around a strategically selected internal control point. Working together, we design and implement a new business operating system that enhances opportunities for growth through increased operations velocity and dramatically improved productivity. The result is a business system under control and one that has a good chance of meeting or exceeding its goals.