Excellerate as a Force Multiplier
Force multipliers are tools that help you amplify your effort to produce more output. When you invest in a force multiplier, you invest in something that will help you get more done with the same (or less) amount of effort.
A hammer is a perfect example of this.
Excellerate, Faith Technologies’ manufacturing side of the business, acts as our company’s force multiplier. It enhances the four pillars of a project’s success including safety improvement, cost reduction, quality improvement, and reductions in project schedules. Below are overviews of how:
- Safety Improvement: Excellerate is a controlled manufacturing environment where we are able to better mitigate risk. Construction projects can be dangerous, so our goal is to take as much of the repetitive work we do in the field, and move it to our Excellerate facilities. Our goal is to perform more than 20% of all our projects’ hours here, which when combined with early planning and offsite activities, could greatly impact our safety recordables and help us achieve our ultimate goal of zero.
- Cost Reduction: The more we do in a controlled environment, the more efficient and productive we become, leading to reduced costs. We can automate, utilize special tools and establish lean work processes. We can build portions of projects ahead of their project schedule and deliver them just in time (JIT). These changes allow Faith to better utilize our most valuable resource – our skilled craft professionals.
- Quality Improvement: The more we are able to standardize our processes, the better we can get. Our processes are built with quality in mind, while our assemblies are built with standardization in mind. It makes sense that it’s easier to build a quality product when our processes are solid and built with a common set of materials. This standardization of materials brings many benefits, including a reduction in construction costs, fewer interface and tolerance problems, and greater certainty over outcomes.
- Project Schedule Reduction: With Excellerate, we can increase construction efficiency and productivity, enable better sequencing in construction processes, and reduce weather-related delays. By doing so, it becomes possible to reduce project delivery times and deliver what is needed.
One of the biggest barriers to change and transformation in the construction industry isn’t technology – it’s culture. Getting people to embrace new ways of thinking and doing work differently is one of the most challenging aspects of organizational change.
At Faith Technologies, we continue to cultivate new mindsets, which have fortunately resulted in a very positive culture shift for our growing company. Prefabrication is not something we can just dabble in and expect to see big returns. It is an entirely different business philosophy, and a fundamental part of our corporate strategy.
Excellerate is Faith Technologies’ hammer.