Mistake proofing recognizes that every human will make mistakes and tries to set up systems that minimize or eliminate those mistakes. Poka Yoke is a Japanese term for mistake proofing. It is a term to avoid errors. This technique, initially advocated by Shigeo Shingo, has validity both in manufacturing and service.Continue reading “Avoid Errors – Poka Yoke”
Nature and cardiovascular diseases associations
Continue reading “Time to wake up”
While developing residential, commercial and industrial spaces; we tend to forget the basics. It is a time to wake up.
Developing health infrastructure to take care of health problems due to elevation from nature is a corrective response and comes with a huge cost. Upsurge in health expenditure, whether we look at it individually or nationally, is a pointer to the mistakes that we continue to do.
While developing green spaces as a part of our development ethos, is a preventive step that is simple, common sensical and cost effective.
It is time to wake up.
Earth’s eco system is under stress throughout our planet. Three important points:
- Earth is the only planet we have for living.
- We are instrumental in putting our eco-system under strain.
- We are the only hope to set it right.
This story keeps our hope alive & inspires us to do whatever we can in our own spheres to correct what we have spoiled.
The idea of creating new ecosystems around native trees sparked an interest in Malad-based businessman Vikas Mahajan several years ago.Continue reading “Guerrilla Gardening”
First line supervision is a critical link for ensuring efficient business operations.
It is at this level that targets, method improvements & cost improvements are implemented. Unfortunately building capabilities at this crucial level is often lost sight of or, ignored. This in turn creates weak links that act as obstacles to daily target achievement and improvement initiatives. Shop floor Leadership Programme (SLP) aims at building leadership skills for shop floor leaders at operating & middle level.Continue reading “Shop floor Leadership Programme (SLP)”
A young engineer raised one question in the departmental quality meeting.
“We have high number of rejections at one of our assembly processes. These are easily detected & segregated. We also know the countermeasure for effective removal of the defect. But the cost of countermeasure can only be recovered over five years. Should we implement the countermeasure or, continue with the segregation?”Continue reading “What is Cost of Quality?”
One of the most important aspects of business is customer orientation. That is why it is also the foundation of TQM implementation in an organisation.
The focus on internal customer supplier relationship drives the efficiency in multi-disciplinary processes.
In line operations customer supplier relationships are fairly visible. However, in case of service or, support functions it is not so straightforward.
Thus comes the necessity of using a method to understand, analyse and manage these interactions. Departmental Purpose Analysis (DPA) is such a tool.
Used correctly, DPA can throw up amazing benefits for your organisation.Continue reading “What is Departmental Purpose Analysis?”
I was taking to an industry stalwart and he shared with me his latest experience.
For their expansion plan they were recruiting fresh engineering graduates and wanted the fresh entrants to start contributing in 3 months time.Continue reading “A new beginning”
Abhimanyu in Chkravyuh – 5 Gaps
The business environment in India is changing. The changed environment requires varied skills & attitudes from new entrants to industry. Every engineering student’s dilemma is like Abhimanu in Chakravuh.
Every industry craves for prospective job seekers to have (in addition to the subject knowledge) a fair idea of the challenges faced by an industry and the way modern manufacturing practices like Lean, TQM etc address these challenges.
Young engineers coming out of academics & aspiring to join the industry are at a disadvantage with respect to knowledge of modern work practices. This is every engineering student’s dilemma.Continue reading “Engineering student’s dilemma”
ISO 9001 implementation is a strategic decision of an organisation.
ISO 9001:2015 is the fourth revision of the standard. It was first published in 1987. It has now become a global benchmark for providing assurance about the ability of an organisation to satisfy quality requirements & to enhance customer satisfaction.Continue reading “ISO 9001 implementation in_cr_ove way”
Lean implementation in_cr_ove way is about canalising the organisational resources in the direction of customer requirements & organisational vision.
“Becoming ‘lean’ is a process of eliminating waste with the goal of creating value.”