While demolition operations fall under the purview of the City of Philadelphia’s building inspectors, and a permit was required to begin the demolition, no inspections were carried out during the demolition itself. If a city inspector had happened by on Sunday, June 2, he might have seen what a passerby videoed that afternoon and subsequently posted on YouTube.
Lately it seems that every time I scroll through the news that lands in my inbox, and read a...
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A simple short cut in structuring the value stream can lead to easy misunderstandings of cost and waste and to huge mistakes in cost reduction that instead lead to unnecessary costs and consequences. At the heart of the Lean methodology are the 7 classic wastes (8 or 9 if you subscribe to evolved methods).
When it comes to the monumental task of training another generation of manufacturing employees, armed with the high-tech skills that the technology-heavy processes of the future will require, it’s easy to come down hard on the educational system.
Economic times are challenging many businesses today, and the current economic environment poses even greater difficulties for entrepreneurial startups and small businesses that are struggling to get established, grow or just stay in business.
A while back, I wrote a column on fine-pitch soldering. Several commenters noted that a hot-air soldering iron was the hand tool of choice when it came to fine pitch soldering by hand. So I decided to look up the tools and found that they were out of my price range. I still wanted one.
If good engineering practices are used, I would expect all lethal autonomous robots to have some sort of nearly fail-safe “pull-the-plug” command. But the whole point of LARs is to have them work so fast and well that human intervention isn’t needed.
One of the most hotly debated topics in politics has a direct vein into the engineering community, drones (the hottest debated topic, unless of course you’re talking about 3D printed guns). As recently reported by NBC News, a company known as Denel Dynamics, out of Pretoria, South Africa, is preparing to test armed drones, which it intends to sell to governments around the world.
The S.I.P.O.C. is a tool many of us know for designing or fixing processes or process steps. Consider how else it can be used for common dilemmas, particularly for determining roles and responsibilities.
There is a continuous barrage of editorials, TV commentators and published stories that denounce the current education system as declining and inferior to other countries. In general the blame is directed at students, teachers, school administrators, and their curriculums. Everyone seems to be searching for the magic key that will unlock the performance of kids and knock down the barriers to a good education.
Our process improvement tools are useful to us in many ways every day, not just for improvement events. Examine this example concerning problem statements.
Management Consultant Dave Logan at CBS Moneywatch is warning companies to avoid falling in love with company policy. He talks about a company that wanted to hire a very disruptive genius. But HR said it wasn't possible because they had no job description for the function envisioned.
Rethink Robotics, the firm that designed and manufactured Baxter the famous industrial robot, has met its match. Robotis’ Bioloid, an educational DIY robotics set, has developed a new, hipper cousin to Baxter that dances – Gangnam Style.
I write a great deal about the difference between Lean and Six Sigma and Kaizen on the production floor and in the office. We learn a great many continuous improvement tools in training, then we forget them because we aren’t CI experts. Don’t! Use them anytime.
There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass.
Somebody was going to do it sooner or later. And we have Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas at Austin, to thank for the fact that, when it was finally done for the first time, the news media learned about it right away. All the same, now that somebody has used a 3-D printer to make a functional gun, we face a whole array of questions that up till now were hypothetical ones.
Root cause failure analysis is a technology for objectively identifying all potential failure causes, and then objectively and systematically identifying the likelihood of each potential cause. This article describes how root cause failure analysis identified and eliminated recurring Apache main rotor blade rejections.