What are the Spices in your Culture?

A recent diner at a very dear friend’s house revealed not only the beauty of different cultures but the reality of the genuine differences. My family, third generation Italians, entered the house of our new friends from India. We were so compelled by the smells of spices we rarely use and only under the direction […]

Principles and Approach

Standardize Principles – Personalize Approach

World class organizations align themselves around a set of principles that have stood the test of time like; using the scientific method, creating standard work for people paced activities, engaging operators in the preventative maintenance of the equipment. While almost all these organizations agree on the principles, a visit to each would reveal a variety […]

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is no OEE knob

Overall Equipment Effectiveness is a tremendous tool for comparing performance of a work center between shifts, machine to machine, or location to location. It does a great job of accommodating various rates and showing the impact of changeovers, equipment downtime and scrap. It asks the question; Is the equipment available to make the product at […]

Henry Ford

Protect the Customer

Quality is the Minimum Expectation A committed employee of an auto body shop told one of his customers with genuine pride, “It is like my boss said; “our goal is to safely employee people to restore cars to the highest quality in the shortest amount of time…and if we are successful -make a little money […]

Mark Twain

Mission

Most people do not choose to go into charity for the money. Most people do not join the military for the money. Most Olympians do not train and compete every 4 years to get rich. In most of these cases there is a greater purpose. A great reason for dedicating effort to the cause. World […]

Alaska Fishery Science Center