Process Reengineering

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Things should be running swimmingly at your company. You have all the latest equipment, and your employees are top-notch. But perhaps you still feel like things aren't moving as fast as they could. Your production rate is high, but--it could be better. And even though you've been walking around your factory for weeks, you still can't get a handle on the situation. The problem may not lie with your equipment or your workers--it's your processes that may be inefficient.

Your processes, or activities your company performs everyday, are the backbone of your company. Process reengineering involves examining all of these activities, and deciding whether they add value to the finished product or not. There's a good chance that there are a lot of traditional processes that your company could get rid of: studies show nearly 60 percent of a typical factory's procedures add no value to the end product, and can be eliminated.

So why hold onto these old standbys? With process reengineering, a company uses process simulation software to create a virtual copy of their business. There, right on the screen, they have an animated, 3-D model to study. Bottlenecks and other problems can be spotted, and different solutions tested. The software can give real-time feedback and statistics, which makes it easier to decide which processes should be altered.

Revitalize Your Production with Process Reengineering

So don't cling to tradition. With a little added perspective and the opportunity to try out new ideas, you could end up completely streamlining your company, for enhanced productivity and customer satisfaction. Process reengineering can cut out waste, save time and money, and limit the probability of defects and customer complaints.

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