What We Do
Caravel Solutions is a management & technical consulting firm that specializes in the manufacturing industry. We have delivered hundreds of millions of dollars per year for our clients by optimizing asset utilization, troubleshooting technical problems, improving yield and quality and reducing manufacturing costs. Unlike most consulting firms, our strength is not only in identifying opportunities. We leverage seasoned experts to implement focused tactical initiatives in the field that capture the savings and make them sustainable. Our consultants are former manufacturing executives, leaders, engineers and operators with decades of experience.
How We Do It
Operations Excellence & Operating Discipline
Our Solution - Focus on the Shop-floor
There is a prevailing view that in order to transform and change an organization you have to focus on leadership. The old saying 'organizations are a reflection of the leaders who run them’ is a perfect example of this line of thinking. But what happens when leaders change?
Our unique approach, Simplify, Engage, and Commit?, forces leadership to establish clear, simplified direction and create a culture centered around engagement. To accomplish this, we’ve created Area Business Teams? ; a technique that dramatically increases engagement within the shop-floor organization and forces full ownership of safety, quality, uptime, cost and profitability. Everyone in the organization, including leadership and the shop-floor, must be culturally and habitually committed to operating discipline and operations excellence.
Our Secret - Operating Discipline Must Become a Shop-floor Habit
Endless experience shows, nothing is sustainable unless it is embraced and owned by the shop-floor.
Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices
Our Solution - Start with Operations
Best in Class Operations organizations own the equipment and the maintenance budget, and effective operators understand their part in the process. Best in Class Maintenance organizations do not say “we fix things.” Instead, they say “we keep things running”. Our approach focuses on making sure everyone has a good understanding of “what” they need to do and more importantly “why” they need to do it, so that the plant equipment is kept running and in a healthy condition.
Our Secret - Culture of Reliability
Good reliability goes beyond a set of tools and expertise. It is a cultural thing that is owned by everyone.
Business-Manufacturing Strategic Planning
Our Solution - Factory of the Future
Technology is changing at a rapid pace and yet, Western Manufacturing is still incredibly short-sighted. Most manufacturing companies we encounter have 3-5 year business plans. However, the plans rarely drill down to specific manufacturing assets and what will be expected of them in the future.
Our Business Technology Plan approach focuses on driving the business strategy and objectives down through every site and every asset; which ensures that there are clear 3-5 year business horizon plans for all manufacturing assets in a global enterprise. We also put a strong emphasis on new technology and strongly encourage that new advances are fully considered and harnessed.
Our Secret - Line of Sight
Every asset, be it human, machine or otherwise needs to be explicitly connected to the business strategy and objectives. If they don’t connect, they don’t add value.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our Solution - Options are Worth the Money
Most Mergers & Acquisitions look for cost reduction synergies. However, there are usually much bigger, untapped opportunities particularly in optimizing how new acquired assets will integrate into your portfolio. Not only do we evaluate how target assets are being operated, but also how they fit strategically. We analyze a wide array of strategic options that exist at the manufacturing level, and advise which ones will be the most profitable.
Our Secret - Control the Information
Our extensive experience in the manufacturing industry enables us to efficiently analyze large amounts of information and extract key insights that will have the greatest impact on your operations.
What Our Clients Say
"Caravel helped us save $1,000,000 yearly by improving team moral and increasing machine uptime at our manufacturing facility."
"The consultants at Caravel Solutions are able to provide high level strategic assistance to corporate leaders while at the same time rolling up their sleeves and relating to mechanics and operators on the shop floor."
"Caravel helped improve machine uptime at our London based plant by 10%. They are experts at implementing sustainable reliability and work order processes"
"Caravel played an integral role in helping to establish our 5-year business strategy. They helped us facilitate the building and installation of our "keep it running" processes. Once the processes were rolled out, they helped us plan, schedule, and train our peoiple for maximum productivity. We were very satisfied with their work."