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Rainmakers Featured Partner: Highline Controls, Inc.
Fortune - Heroes of Manufacturing 2000
Case Study: Shane Steel - Production Process optimization
Rainmakers Partner, Gregg Ekberg wins Eli Whitney award
Falcon Steel Case Study: Reduce labor costs by 50% while increasing income by 22%
Case Study: Production Optimization utilizing the 80/20 rule
Learn about ProdTrac - a Very low cost Production Tracking System
Case Study: Company: Motor City Stamping - Improves throughput while increasing frequency of Die changes
Case Study: Flying with Falcon - Improving Process and Profitability
Case Study: Falcon Cold Forming overcomes space limitations to add new customer production
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Fortune - Heroes of Manufacturing 2000
Gregg Ekberg - Highline Controls
by Fortune Magazine article

Fortune Magazine's Heroes of Manufacturing 2000

Gregg Ekberg, President of Highline Controls is somebody you should know!

Gregg's firm has become a Rainmakers Consortium Partner and provides tremendous value to enhance the manufacturing process.  Highline Controls was founded to apply the principles of complex adaptive systems (CAS), a smorgasbord of new approaches for simplifying the operation of factories

For additional information contact Rainmakers at 847/251-3327 or click here: mailto:jon@rainmkrs.com

 

 


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Case Study: Shane Steel - Production Process optimization
Highline Controls, Inc.
by Gregg Ekberg

SHANE Steel Production optimization


Shane Customer Quote

“Highline has designed and installed automation on our existing equipment that has allowed us to enter new markets, better ensure quality, and at the same time decrease the existing process cycle time. Highline’s solutions are clean and simple and have been installed on production equipment with no loss of production and out people have been able to support the new designs immediately.”

John Hartley, President, Shane Steel Processing


Laser Gauging

To help Shane Steel Processing meet a new customer’s requirements, Highline Controls Inc. designed and integrated a laser gage and automatic material handling into the existing process. The result was Shane was able to improve its process capability and secure new business.


 


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Falcon Steel Case Study: Reduce labor costs by 50% while increasing income by 22%
by Gregg Ekberg

Company: Falcon Cold Forming

Falcon Customer Quote:

“In my experience Highline’s solutions are far more simple than those I have come across in my days at Ford. The bottom line is we have reduced direct labor at least 15% and improved quality through their solutions and support.”

Kraig Draggoo, General Manager, Falcon Cold Forming.


Troubled Asset Turnaround:

Highline Controls Inc. became part of a turn around team at Falcon Cold Forming to convert the company from a purchased troubled asset in 1996 to a profitable and positive cash flow company by 1998. Highline’s focus was on the manufacturing process where labor was reduced 50%, operating income increased 22%, and inventory decreased 39% through lean manufacturing practices and automation.

Read the full story below.


 


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Learn about ProdTrac - a Very low cost Production Tracking System
Labor & Production Reporting Application
by Highline Controls, Inc.

Dear Reader,

 

My experience with most software firms who have developed packaged solutions to meet vertical or horizontal business needs is that they want to sell it with as many “Bells and Whistles” as they can cram into it!  This approach makes great marketing sense but doesn’t work well in many situations.

 

For instance most mid-market manufacturing businesses have great difficulty automating the production process and shop floor because of the complexities and data input requirements of these highly integrated applications. Production and Operations managers need accurate information on a timely basis to make intelligent decisions and maximize throughput!  The problem with Systems that require too much input and shop floor supervision is they don’t get used properly (Garbage In or not at all).

 

The old cliché “Less is More” is really relevant in many mid-market production environments.  That’s why I am suggesting you evaluate the ProdTrac software which is described in the attached article.  Highline Controls has consistently delivered simple, relevant and highly profitable solutions to improve production performance in a range of manufacturing environments.  What they have created is a very low cost production tracking application that was designed to be used!

 

ü      Only takes minutes of data entry per day!

ü      Works standalone or integrated with existing labor & production reporting systems!

ü      Works with existing customer standards, part #’s and pricing data!

ü      Developed in Visual Basic using Microsoft’s Access database!

ü      Costs less than most of the people who are reading this line’s monthly salary!

 

Click on the Full Story below for product details.

 

If  your company does not currently provide your managers with this information in an accurate or timely basis your bleeding profits!!!  Give me a call to discuss how Highline Controls (or Rainmakers stable of Consortium Partners) can be of service to you.

 

Thanks for your time.

 

Jon C. Liberman

Rainmakers

847/251-3327

jon@rainmkrs.com

www.rainmakers.us


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Case Study: Company: Motor City Stamping - Improves throughput while increasing frequency of Die changes
Market: Tier 1 Automotive Supplier
by Highline Controls

Dear Reader,

 

Squeezing “Blood out of turnips” is an old cliché that suggests certain things just can’t be done!  While none of us will argue that this may in fact be true… some companies make demands that appear to ignore this fundamental truth!

 

Any firm involved in mid-market manufacturing in the USA has been forced to “get more from less”.  The attached Case Study describes how Motor City Stamping used Rainmakers Strategic Partner, Highline Controls, Inc. to do exactly that! Motor City needed to improve throughput while increasing the frequency of Die changes. Click on the Full Story below to learn how they accomplished this feat.  Maybe “Blood out of turnips” is not an impossibility?

 

To learn how Rainmakers Consortium of Strategic Partners can deliver value to your firm call now. I look forward to that discussion.  Thanks for your time.

 

Jon C. Liberman

Rainmakers

847/251-3327

jon@rainmkrs.com

www.rainmakers.us


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Case Study: Falcon Cold Forming overcomes space limitations to add new customer production
Getting more done with less!
by Highline Controls, Inc.

Dear Reader,

 

Getting more done with less applies not only to people, inventory and other resources, but also to space constraints as well. Privately held manufacturer’s as well as holding companies and merger orientated operations often find themselves needing to get more production out of limited space. 

 

This SMOKE SIGNAL article discusses how Highline Controls helped Falcon Cold Forming (tier one auto supplier) resolve successfully exactly this problem.  Click on the Full Story Below to learn how small things (improvements) combined produce large results!

 

  • Eliminated need to rent additional space to bring in new product for key customer (automotive manufacturer)
  • Optimized production processes and improved productivity of operations
  • Accomplished the above in a series of little improvement initiatives that don’t have to be hard and expensive, they just take focus and discipline.

 

Rainmakers Consortium of Strategic Partners offers solutions to help your firm  resolve mid-market type problem – regardless of technology, people or process considerations. Our unique approach delivers tremendous value without committing you to contractual headaches or added expense. Call me to learn how.

 

Thanks for your time and consideration.

 

Jon C. Liberman

Rainmakers

847/251-3327

jon@rainmkrs.com

www.rainmakers.us

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