|Changing a Continuous Improvement Initiative into a Global Program|
By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies
|The “laws of nature” are absolute. When we discover a contradiction to a supposed law of nature, it is not nature that is wrong, but our understanding and definition. Once, it was believed that the Earth was the center of the solar system, supported in our understanding of the science at the time – and was proved incorrect. And it was once believed that the Earth was flat – and this too, was disproved. Until the mid-1800’s, the fastest man had ever traveled was by horseback. And when trains and travel by rail came to be, there were many who believed that the human frame could not withstand speeds of over 100mph. Even Queen Victoria, on her way from Slough to London, would have the Engineer travel less than 40mph as she found anything over that speed quite terrifying. Instances such as these have been demonstrated by man time and again. And with each revelation comes a transformation.|
The “laws of man”, on the other hand, are made by men and can be bent or broken by man as suits his ever-changing purpose. Take mobile phone service, for example. It’s been a very long time (a few decades) since the mobile service providers in the United States eliminated “roaming charges” when traveling within the United States. A person can drive from Houlton, Maine to San Diego, California (5,456km, 49hrs, 14 States) using a single service provider, and never roam. Contrast that with the European Union; where a person can drive from Lisbon, Portugal to Tallinn, Estonia (4,284km, 42hrs, and 10 countries) and be charged rather outrageous fees for roaming while in each country – even though only using Vodafone as the service provider. Two (apparently) similar circumstances with two dramatically different outcomes with the only difference being the “laws of man” that have been adopted.
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June 10-11, 2014
Known as the industry “Flagship event of the Year” for the manufacturing sector, it supports and recognizes manufacturing success in all sectors of industry. Sponsored by XONITEK & OpEx Society. Joseph Paris will be speaking and serving on the Jury to evaluate nominated companies.
Manufacturing Process Excellence
June 16-18, 2014
This summit represents a global platform which enables delegates to take steps toward understanding, learning, designing and developing tailor made solutions to their manufacturing process, both on a macro and micro scale. It is a multi faceted approach to manufacturing process excellence. XONITEK’s Joseph Paris will be acting as Chairperson.
5th Annual LMJ European Conference
June 25-26, 2014
This year’s Lean Management Journal conference will again feature a cutting edge programme seminar designed to challenge the most experienced lean practitioner. XONITEK’s Joseph Paris is a member of the LMJ Editorial Board and will deliver the morning Keynote.
|What is the Cost of a Nincompoop?|
By George Henderson
A nincompoop is someone who is grossly inept. They can be categorized as five-figures, six-figures … up to ten-figures or more depending upon how much they cost the organization in a year, or over their career.
Ironically, Nincompoops have an uncanny way of surviving by flying below the radar, shifting blame or somehow gaining tenure. Their negative contribution can be measured in mistakes, customer dissatisfaction, wasted time, lowering the bar for others, defects, rework, good people who leave in frustration, etc. Everyone knows who they are but somehow, year after year, they go on.
|OEE: The Most Misused and Abused Indicator|
By Ross Kennedy
|Prior to Overall Equipment Effectiveness, people monitored equipment performance through Availability or Downtime. This was fine until it was realised that you could have the same downtime for the same piece of equipment over different timeframes, yet get different output.|
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Joseph Paris discusses the perennial problem of attempting to apply lean strategies, whilst failing to engage in honest conversations that ensure the company works in unison.