TBM Consulting: Pushing to Revolutionise Lean Manufacturing
October 13th marked an important day on the calendar of anybody interested in supply chain management, planning processes, and the provision of excellent customer service at either end of the value chain. Today, Vanguard Software announced that TBM Consulting will join their rapidly expanding network of global channel partners.
is a team of lean manufacturing operations and supply chain consultants, helping clients leverage operational excellence, enabling technologies, and lean process rigour to dramatically enhance operational speed. They are committed to building nimble and flexible companies that can solve problems and respond to opportunities faster than their peers, paving the way for sustainable, profitable growth.
In their own words: “We push the pedal down in your operations to make you more agile, and we help you accelerate business performance three to five times faster than our peers.”
introduced its first product for decision support analysis in 1995. Today, companies across every major industry and more than 60 countries rely on Vanguard's market-leading Predictive Planning platform to support their Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Sales & Operations Planning, and Integrated Business Planning needs.
“TBM Consulting’s core philosophy revolves around speed and agility,” said Nathan Goldstein, Director of Channel Management at Vanguard Software. "That focus, combined with their vast expertise in supply chain planning processes and best practices across manufacturing and distribution industry segments makes them an ideal fit for our partner program, where customer value is maximized through the combination of a continuous improvement approach and market-leading predictive planning technology.
Partnering with Vanguard will enhance our ability to help our customers automate their supply chain planning process while improving forecast accuracy. Results include: reduction in operating costs and stockouts and improved customer satisfaction," said Brian Cromer, Managing Director of Global Supply Chain at TBM. "It's always been our philosophy to leverage technologies that deliver the greatest business value, and we only partner with outside vendors when we're confident their capabilities uniquely match our customers' needs and complement our existing offerings. Vanguard fits that bill perfectly."
Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories
Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too.
"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "
In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).
By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."
2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction
Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.
2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening
Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year.
2017: Giga New York begins production
Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.
2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time
In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.
2019: Giga Berlin begins construction
Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.
2020: Giga Texas begins construction
The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.
2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction
Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.