March 15, 2009

Health and Safety

During the presentation Billy talked about having the right uniform and job safety accessories such as helmet, gloves and so on. If such things are provided then people are bound to be safer. In India many a times I see that people dod not have the right accessories and get hurt. It is very essential to provide the workers with the right accessories. I know this is a very small blog but I hat to emphasise on the imporatnace of people having the right accessories and every life is important!!

I also wanted to talk about that keeping things such as toilets, kitchens, work place clean would help motivate the workers come to work apart from keeping a disease free environment..... One should try to abide by standards provided according to me. ....


Maintenance

In maintenance while researching, I thought having a maintenance technical library was a really good idea. You can store all your previous problems and solutions in it. So next time if something similar happens you have something to refer to. It will save so much time and cost of trying out something new. I thought benchmarking maintenace to the previous years maintenance cost is a really good idea too. Hopefully the trend should be downwards after applying different sort of maintenance like preventive, predictive or TPM.According to me preventive is based on Murphy's law which states that if anything can go wrong it will. Therefore take all the precaution. See that all the bolts in the machine are tight, the environment is clean, everything is in place

One of the groups talked about lean. I think its a good idea to stop te line wen you see a defect. Instead of of having a lot of rework which will increase cost, one can save a lot of money. This will definately help me to imporve the quality for the place I will work. Interesting idea.


March 13, 2009

Security and Facility Management

I think its important to have a facility which encourages communication. Having cubicles for workers would reduce interaction but eliminating the those walls would help a great deal. People working together would create a bond with more interaction. This will make the flow of  exachange of ideas and information easier. Having a social room could help. Some work places do have a social room life a cafeteria or a television room or a gym. Having a gym would promote a healthy lifestyle too among the workers

Having CCTV is important as one it would create a safer enviornment. Though personally I do not like the idea of having CCTV as I dont like to be watched all the time. The feeling of some one may be monitoring you is weird. Its like living in the Big Brother House. Also I would feel the company does not trust me. But for the greater good its important to have cctv to avoid any sort of theft. For information safety there should be some sort of software which prevents hackers from using your trade secrets and also  have password proteced documents so only the intended people can see the document.


Presentation

Today there were presentations in class. Everyone did a really good job. We all have come a long way. There was something new and unique in every presentation that took place. I really liked the idea of Lean IN ASSET MANAGEMENT. I think lean production would really help in maintenance, health and safety and facility management.. It said that it is important to stop production as and when the defect is found. It is one of the things lean teaches. This will save a lot of money in rework. In terms of health and safety, if your product is a boat it is important it is not defective as life of people are involved, so its important to stop the production as and when defect is found. In terms of resouse utilsation, JIT would ensure that there is no over producation and no additional place is needed to store things.

I also liked May's idea that innovation is necessary in exsiting products as well. I mean innovation keeps interest of the customers in existing products and also can increase the life cycle of the product.

In terms of knowledge management, I think its important to store ones mistakes and solution in the database and one can learn from their mistakes and its easily solution is easily availble if the same mistake is made again.



March 09, 2009

Craft Production and Six Sigma and Lean

Apart from mass production and lean production discussed in Louis's blog I came across this production method. Its is a higly flexible production method. It is basically a few skilled people working on a product and custom make it for the customer (For example make the car more decorative). It can be quite expensive and the out put less compared to lean and mass production. My professor in my previous school told me that mass production started in US. It was practised by General Motors. Lean started in Japan and is practised by Toyota. Craft Production originates from Europe. I really like the idea of Craft prodction. In India I do see some traces of Craft Prodution. Its practised by this person D. Chabaria. He customizes a car for the customer. He is highly successful in following craft production. I think  six sigma can be applied to craft production also. Some processes in craft production too might be standarised. In those processes six sigma can be applied. Six six sigma can be applied to mass production too. The DMAIC circle can be applied too. But I think its most effective with Lean.


Team work and Innovation and Recognition

I realised today that rewarding a person for innovating is definately not a good idea. Its is better to recognize the person instead. One of the points mentioned that sometimes for innovating team work is important as people can build on each others ideas. One can recognize each individual for the team work. But rewarding each team member could get very expensive for the company. In this case the company might opt for rewarding the person who innovated the most, who probably would have just build on some one elses idea. This could kill the spirit of team work. The others could also feel left out and feel treated unfairly. They would them probably try to keep their ideas to them selves and not shre as there would be no motivation. It could also lead to competition arising among team members which would ruin the effective communication process which is required in an organisation. Lack of communication is against knowledge management. Therefore recognizing the enitre team is better than just rewarding one person.


Stress and Innovation

Today in class I was talking about how stress and innovation are not the best of friends but at the same time they cannot do without each. I mean some amount of stress is needed. There is good stress and there is bad stress. The good stress is called Eu-stress. If a person is completely stress out then he wont be able to innovate as he/she will be mentally exhausted. Good stress is required as in certain deadlines or time frame. If there is none of it then the person will be completely laid back which might hinder his innovation capabilities as well.

Stress was not even mentioned under our environment posted. I randomly thought of if. Quite Innovative right?? One of the reasons I realised is that Paul has made this module stress free. There is good stress in terms of certain deadlines such as blogging which actually help me become more reflective as well as innovative.

Well I agree with Aykut that innovation is required at all levels. I was under the impression that only marketing and research and development need to be innovative but later as Paul told us that even a production manager can be more innovative. He could also come up with an Idea which could help the product. Say you are the manufacturer of the chocolate company. May be a production manager could come up with innovative ideas of addiing different flavours without changing the process of production.


March 07, 2009

virtual library

Each time I borrow a book on lean six sigma, its aldready on hold by someone esle so I have to return it in 3 days. Thinking about that I realized that in the future we all could have a virtual library we could use so that everyone can have access to all books at anytime. We do not need to use paper and kill trees. It is environmentally friendly as well. Imagine each book available on your computer just a click away. I mean the concept of google book. How we have so many books scaned and available to use in google book result. In terms of asset management, it will be good as no maintenance will be required. You will not have people scribbling on the books, tearing pages or books being lost and needed to be replaced. Customer will be happy as well as they do not have to wait for books. As Paul said earlier "Stakeholer is King, Customer is God". So it is very important to keep the customer happy. So I think the example of a virtual library is a new way of knowledge and asset management. I am not sure if a virtual library aldready exist. It will be less expensive for the library too. Instead of buying many copies of one book, they can just buy one copy and scan it. Since asset management seems to be all about cost saving anywhich ways. Whats say people? do you agree with me??


Customer focus

My research does tell me that six sigma is focued on customer as without making customer happy there is no business. One of the books I read about six sigma mentioned that. Also lean seems to be customer oriented as it focuses on the process getiing faster and reducing the lead time. So both these methods lean and six sigma seem to be focusing on customer. This is one more thing in comon. One thing that is regiestered in my mind is what Paul said in class once : "STAKEHOLDER IS KING, BUT CUSTOMER IS GOD". I think the point reinforces that without customer there is no business, so the focus on customer is very essential!!!


March 04, 2009

Maintenance

Why is Maintenance management so useful?? I thought to myself? I first though so that machines can run efficiently and own town can be reduced. I thought thats about it.How can it help further I thought. Till I came across this fat book on maintenance management. It gave me a lot of benefits. The following it said in my words:


Firstly the cost advantages will show in the long run.

Secondly as I said reduced dowtime will not only ensure on time deliver but also reduce the no of machines we may use, which will reduce customer cost and make him happy

Thirdly if the factory is well maintained and managed then cost can be controlled in the factory. One may not see unforseen expenses

Fourthly Cost benefits will help us fight competition

Fifthly ones physical asset can last for longer time. Proper cleaning techniques and processes will help the asset to run well without the expensive breakdowns.

Sisthly better maintaince can help get a better name from the customer. On time deliveries, clean factories when customer visits will only help make us a sustainable supplier.

Seventhly there will safety for the workers. No health related issues coming up due to work atmosphere. No ones life is at risk.

Eightly it will create a better working environment and motivate people to come to work...


There are a lot of advantages for good maintence .I had not even tought of how customer perception can be changed or about the workers safety which is really important. Motivation for coming to work is important. I would not like to go to a dirty place and work and risk my health. Also if the company assets last for a longer time without breaking down then its always a benefit for the company.


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