Industries we’ve worked with

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) can be applied to any industry, and any organization, profit or non-profit…

…but we specialize in using Theory of Constraints in small to mid-size manufacturing businesses to generate fast, large, and sustainable results in environments with a minimum of BS and bureaucracy. Our largest client had approximately $75MM in sales, with 300+ employees. Most clients have revenues of $2 MM to $30 MM. Our smallest is a 3-man millwork business in Ohio.

One useful aspect of the power of the Theory of Constraints is that you can apply it to an oil refinery, a pulp and paper mill, a pure job-shop, a silicon chip manufacturer, or a doughnut shop. And no, the application is not a “stretch” in any of these. Nor is it a “lip service” application.

In fact, the application to a pure job shop environment – where there are no part numbers (because they never do the same thing twice), no predefined routings (because they don’t know the routing until they get the order, and even then they’re guessing at process times if they take the time even to guess ) is one of TOC’s strengths.

Over nearly 20 years, these are some of the types of businesses and organizations we’ve worked with:

  • Batteries
  • Bicycle components
  • Circuit boards
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Credit Union
  • Custom kitchen cabinets
  • Custom kitchen cabinet doors
  • Custom homes
  • Education
  • RTA Furniture
  • Custom wood furniture
  • Garment manufacturers
  • Glass (for windows)
  • Glass shower doors, mirrors
  • Light fixtures
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power measuring equipment
  • Power transformers
  • Press & Shear manufacturers
  • Printing (conventional ink on paper)
  • Printing (specialty labels)
  • Pulp & paper
  • Wetsuits
  • Wire and nails
  • Wood Laminate
  • Wood products (rails, bed legs, etc)

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There’s gold in every edition; we give away “secrets” in these newsletters that not 1 manufacturer in 100 knows. And I’m not trying to hype this up; these literally ARE secrets, in terms of … most manufacturers simply have no awareness of them whatsoever.

2. Schedule a (free) 15-minute phone call. Click the link, give us 2 possible dates and times when we can reach you, we’ll confirm by email, and … let’s talk.

3. Consider inviting us to deliver a 1/2-Day Introduction to Theory of Constraints Session on-site … or to conduct 1-day “First Assessment.”

The 1/2-day session is stunning, and typically rocks managers back on their heels with some of the immediate insights they gain into cause-effect impacts in their business.

And the First Assessment, while only one day, is powerful.

In a single day of visiting your operation and talking to a few managers on-site, we can give you a solid, rational and fully justified sense of the nature and the scale of the opportunity in YOUR organization, the most obvious sacred cows and some of their implications on your performance, the type of improvement you should expect, the general direction of how you could get there from here, and our recommendation for your most sensible next step – should you choose to take one.

Incidentally, my partner and I – with a combined 60 years of industrial experience do all the work ourselves. Assessments, education, implementation.

No juniors.

And yes … several more steps down the road, if you see that a clear-cut opportunity for massive, sustainable improvement is PROVEN to your management team’s satisfaction, and if you choose to discuss the option of us working with you to turn it into reality … we will certainly consider linking a significant portion of our compensation, to your results. If our approach is as powerful and effective as we claim, why wouldn’t we?

And, offer you terms that give you the potential for a positive cash flow from your improvements while the project itself is still “live.”

So … sign-up now. And schedule that call. It’ll only take you 2 minutes.