Vanguard Solutions specializes in consulting for all phases of coal usage, from mine planning to fuel management.
Specific consulting areas include: sampling situation evaluation, laboratory design and evaluation, data analysis, quality systems design and audits, vendor certification programs, expert witness testimony, litigation support services, equipment specification, procurement and installation, and mergers and acquisitions.
One of the largest areas of financial risk for buyers and sellers of coal is weighing, analysis and sampling (WAS).
We can design a program that will identify the areas of risk, quantify the risk of your current WAS practices and make recommendations for lowering your risk.
We assist in the implementation of the recommendations, monitor the successes and provide oversight and support for the entire organization.
An important part of our consulting practice is supporting our clients legal needs.
We work with our clients lawyers to help them understand the technical issues involved in disputes and to illuminate the terrain where they will be working.With our knowledge of coal industry business practices and familiarity with coal supply contracts, we assist counsel with research, data analysis and expert opinions.
Legal disputes are never pleasant, especially when buyers and sellers are involved.Often, our support of mediation or arbitration resolves disputes before litigation is required.Where litigation is the answer, we have worked as consulting experts and testifying experts for both buyers and sellers.
ISO Laboratory or Facility Registrations / Audits
We have assisted loading facilities and coal laboratories in achieving ISO 9000 and ISO 17025 certifications.
Our facilitation includes writing Quality Manuals, training Internal Auditors, conducting pre-assessment audits, teaching Auditing and Problem Solving, setting up Corrective Action Programs and providing technical support for companies on ISO matters.
Our facilitation reduces our clients manpower needs, speeds up the process of registration, and results in increased markets and higher levels of market security for them.
For companies that don't have the resources, we can perform the ongoing audits required for continued registration.