What we do
VWG Consulting assists manufacturing and industrial organisations of all sizes to reduce costs, improve productivity and reduce their environmental footprint. Our business has two primary areas of focus: Operational Excellence and Resource Efficiency.
Operational Excellence refers to the sustainable achievement of goals with respect to cost, product quality, safety, plant reliability , plant flexibility and throughput.
Resource Efficiency refers to the achievement of goals with respect to energy efficiency, water use efficiency, material usage and waste management.
Our philosophy is to consider these two areas in an integrated way, incorporating best practice. VWG delivers value through consulting services, training and technology supply.
Craig van Wyk
Verona van Wyk
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Steam system operating costs are typically significant, and it makes sense for factories using steam to ensure that steam systems operate as efficiently as possible. Doing so does not have to be difficult if the issue is tackled in a structured way, and the costs of delivering this efficiency are typically dwarfed by the savings Read more about AN OVERVIEW OF VWG’s STEAM SYSTEM SERVICES[…]
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Cost leaders enjoy competitive advantage. That is always true. But if ever there was a time to focus on cost reduction, it is now. A conflagration of negative economic factors, exacerbated by the recent ratings downgrade, is going to place extreme pressure on disposable income, dampening demand. The simultaneous upward pressure on input costs is Read more about Inside VWG’s Manufacturing Cost Reduction Programme[…]
Energy costs are significant in most manufacturing facilities, but tend to take a back seat to other operational priorities such as plant reliability, product quality, safety, throughput and cost management. Most factories do not have dedicated energy management personnel. Through VWG’s Energy Management Programme you can have your own virtual energy management team, helping you Read more about A New Way to Achieve Sustainable Energy Cost Reductions in Factories[…]
Where manufacturing processes require manual intervention, it is vital that the operators of those processes do so consistently. This means that all operators should follow the same procedure. It is also important that the procedures being followed lead to the best results, and are hence reflective of “best operating practice”. Achieving best practice requires subject Read more about Why Only Teaching Shop Floor Staff “How” Things Are Done is Not Enough[…]
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Continuous improvement is only possible within a framework comprising the systematic measurement of performance and the establishment and facilitation of structured processes to close the gaps between achieved performance and performance targets. Problem solving offers this to any organisation willing to make the necessary investments in competence acquisition and resolute enough to drive required changes Read more about Problem Solving: Simple Route to World Beating Performance[…]
Managing the energy efficiency performance of any system is not possible without measurement. With the plethora of possible performance measures available, and the fact that measurement requires resources, it is important to be selective. A “shotgun” approach to performance indicators with no clear measurement strategy can be expensive to implement and also ineffective in terms Read more about Two Non-Negotiable Steam System Performance Indicators[…]
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