Case Studies

Optimal Performance Improvement System (Alpha USA)

AlphaUSA, a Livonia-based private fastener supplier, called upon the experts of UHY Advisors’ Enterprise Optimization Practice for assistance with streamlining their production capabilities. Crain’s Detroit Business featured a story on how AlphaUSA installed the system which helped collect and analyze their data to improve product planning, streamline development and meet the industry’s aggressive launch schedules over the next three years.

UHY Advisors’ performance management and continuous improvement projects is the installation of the Optimal Performance Improvement System (OPMS™), which is a set of informational and behavioral routines, which enables client management to quickly recognize and execute effective corrective actions when actual conditions fall short of the objectives. Tom Alongi, Juergen Meyer and team helped AlphaUSA to utilize this system, thus helping to improve their production efficiency tremendously. OPMS™ also provides critical accountability and change management tools, enabling clients to recognize the key performance information and identify how to change behaviors based on this information. Users of OPMS include all levels, from operators to managers to executives. View the Crain's article here.

Administrative Process Improvement Optimization

Situation:
Faced with the challenge of gaining efficiency and capturing productivity opportunities as well as leveraging economies of scale, UHY provides real world expertise. A broadband communications and entertainment company reached out to UHY to support them to:

    • Leverage efforts to centralize
    • Create a predictable environment, and
    • Improve service

Insight:
Our team performed a three-week assessment to provide a structural analysis of the process flow as well as capturing detailed information on activities and tasks. Our output of the assessment was a detailed approach to process improvement presented to the client’s management team.

Result:

The client reduced exception processing, increased on-time performance and reduced “touches” to process. The client experienced significant improvement in data-entry for setting up new suppliers as well as a reduction in AP resources.

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Manufacturing Process Optimization

Situation: 
A precision machining company producing jet engine components to the aerospace industry wanted to reduce the time required for parts repair. Current development times ranged from 10 to 18 months and longer. The client requested assistance in identifying processing bottlenecks, developing viable solutions, optimizing operations and implementing best practice recommendations.

Insight: 
Our team of process improvement consultants completed an assessment of manufacturing operations, including material flow, machining center utilization, repair order process flow, and part Value-Added/Wait Time constraints. The output of the assessment was a strategic report presented to the client’s executive management team.

Result: 
Client implemented our recommendations and has reduced the average time to machine a repair part to less than 180 days. 

Business Assessment & Strategy Alignment

Situation: 
Client’s sales more than doubled in the last five years but they have witnessed an erosion of profit margins due to an inconsistency in business processes, lack of a strategic plan to handle new business requests, and a lack of processing controls to meet required product ship dates.

Insight: 
We utilized our proprietary Business Assessment Tool to examine all critical areas of the client’s operations in order to determine where processes needed to be formalized, what operations were not value-added, and where personnel needed additional resources to achieve the desired results.

Result: 
The output of this assessment was a strategic plan and a series of corrective actions. Client’s business operations are on a positive trend line to meet and potentially exceed profit margin requirements.

Innovative Tax Strategy

Situation: 
Large Tier One manufacturer of automotive parts in Michigan paying significant Michigan Single Business Tax on products delivered out of state.

Insight: 
We identified tax saving opportunities by analyzing sales in other states that qualify for MI Single Business Tax Exemption. Our experienced professionals prepared the amended returns, as a value added tax service.

Result: 
We recovered tax dollars paid for the last four years, in excess of $1.5 million.
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