Sep 19 2011

DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH STATISTICS

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The Learned Gurus of statistics – Deming, Toyoda, Ishakawa, Duran, etc. all said statistics were valuable tools in manufacturing.  With the advent of computers and electronic spreadsheets; statistics jumped from the mind numbing practice of manual adding machines and complex calculations to electronic data gathering and instant answers with only a few keystrokes.  The Data Dogs came out of their closets and a whole new occupation (read another layer of infrastructure)  was born. Continue Reading »

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Apr 08 2011

We’re making too many rejects

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That’s the essence of the phone call I get from clients.  Nice.  Doesn’t tell me a thing other than I might be able to send a Whopper invoice. “Too Many” rejects is a value judgment. But they can be real profit wasters if you’re not careful.  If you hear this cry of anguish read on. Continue Reading »

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Apr 08 2011

Cutting Setup times

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When looking at changeovers from one job to the next there is a long set of arguments on how to fix it.  Ultimately it boils down to money.  Where your company’s money is best spent?
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Jan 13 2011

The Dirty Little Secret

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I was having a conversation with a buyer on why a certain under performing supplier consistently got additional work. This supplier was neither bad nor good; it just wasn’t a fit for him and his customer.  I suggested there might be something under the table going on.

And then the fight started . . . . . . . . .

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