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There is a lesson that manufacturing leaders seem determined to learn the hard way: flooding factories with new technology does not improve their performance. Roger Smith learned it at GM in the 1980s. Elon Musk, for all his other achievements, admitted by tweet to making the same mistake at Tesla last year. To really improve manufacturing performance, […]

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“The robots are coming. Hide the WD-40. Lock up your nine-volt batteries. Build a booby trap out of giant magnets; dig a moat as deep as a grave. “Ever since a study by the University of Oxford predicted that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence […]

The post Are Robots Competing for Your Job? | Jill Lepore | The New Yorker appeared first on Michel Baudin's Blog.

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In statistics on time series with “moving” in their name, each value is correlated with past and future neighbors — that is, the series is autocorrelated. It affects the way you can use these statistics to detect anomalies and issue alarms. The moving range in the XmR chart is a case in point. Its autocorrelation in […]

The post More About the Math of the Process Behavior Chart appeared first on Michel Baudin's Blog.

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Today, some automotive parts manufacturers are able to deliver one million consecutive units without a single defective, and pondering quality management practices appropriate for this level of performance is not idle speculation. Of course, it is only achieved by outstanding suppliers using mature processes in mature industries. You cannot expect it during new product introduction […]

The post Latex and Picture Test (site maintenance) appeared first on Michel Baudin's Blog.

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Ever since asking Is SPC Obsolete? on this blog almost 6 years ago, I have been told from multiple sources that the X-mR chart is a wonderful and currently useful process behavior chart, universally applicable, a data analysis panacea, and requiring no assumption on the structure of the monitored variables. So I dug into it. Here is […]

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“Initial analysis says Oscars TV viewers and ratings are up over 2018. But, for context, the ratings were DOWN in 2018 compared to 2017. Instead of reacting to each new data point, look at trends over time using “run charts” or “process behavior charts” (as I created). Did having “no host” make any statistically significant […]

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One reader recently asked the Gemba Coach “Our teams have good results with kaizen, but nothing seems to stick for long – any advice?” This begs the question of what you call “good results that don’t stick.” Successfully completing a Kaizen project means reducing a new work method to daily practice. A compelling demo in […]

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The author, Kazuo Kumabe was a classmate of Kiichiro Toyoda at Tokyo Imperial University and a researcher on car engines, who was involved with R&D for Toyota from 1936 to the early 1950s. The German influence on Toyota’s product technology and design can be traced to him. In 1936, he was instrumental in bringing a […]

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“[…]In two intervention-based field studies of corporate headquarters transitioning to more open office spaces, we empirically examined—using digital data from advanced wearable devices and from electronic communication servers—the effect of open office architectures on employees’ face-to-face, email and instant messaging (IM) interaction patterns. Contrary to common belief, the volume of face-to-face interaction decreased significantly (approx. […]

The post Open workspaces and collaboration | E. S. Bernstein and S. Turban | Royal Society appeared first on Michel Baudin's Blog.

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“[…]’To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,’ SpaceX said in a statement Friday.” Source: IndustryWeek Michel Baudin‘s comments: So that’s what “Lean” has come to mean? Laying off people makes you “leaner.” When you see this kind of […]

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