November 20, 2013

PLANE production line competition

Today, the PIUSS class was very excited....I love when we play a game and competition, its fun.

Since yesterday that we had a plane manufacturing line, my role was to be a disassembler. I remember that the first plane that I had to disassemble was very hard, due to tools is very small and bolts were very small. I thought that might be because it was the first, so I still not familiar with it. However, after the third one afterward, I could do it very fast, may be around one to two minutes per one plane. After finished producing all planes, observators analyzed the process of each operator and said there were still some defects in some areas, motion was still very slow, transportational problems, and also big finger problem. Therefore, both separated team had to come up with solutions to solve those problems. At first, our team came up with having a transporter to give each operator materials but actually that solution was not that work due to in the production line, it is better to have 6 operators rather than 5. And for today, the real competition came, the winner was the second group who could produce less defects and less waste. However, from what I got from this compeition is that by comparing only the results/ outcomes only cannot judge that which team is better, but it depends to judge by looking at the working process, and steps of producing, assigning the roles. From this, I remind me of one mini- project in the Paul course that by applying the Deming theory, an organization or a manager should focus on quality management of working process, not just only results or targets . This is because if we are not concerning about the process, how they can the processes used to achieve be improved or be solved the problems.

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