Winning with companywide inspections By Dan Carrison
Think the idea of a formal, companywide inspection is old hat? Maybe so. But that doesn’t prohibit modern operations from the benefits of such programs. A formal inspection prompts local managers to take a second look and make improvements that should have been standard operations, and inspectors can garner best practices to transfer to poor-performing branches.
SEMS SaysBy the Society for Engineering and Management Systems Board
Cecilia Martínez writes that contingency actions help project management teams deal with uncertainty and complexity, the often uncomfortable side of new product development projects. Alfred E. Thal Jr. maintains that sustainability, for all its implications, simply equates to a typical input-output transformation model that is good business.
Debugging dysfunctional developmentBy Lee Norris Miller
Product development often pits sales vs. engineering vs. manufacturing vs. management. But using force field analysis to establish multifunctional product development teams can bring the concerns of all partners to the table, yielding cost-effective, innovative products that customers will want to buy.
Do I own what I bought? By Michael T. Hess, Janell M. Kurtz and Wayne Wells
Many traditional employer-employee relationships have moved into the realm of independent contractors, freelancers and temporary workers. While this has benefits, it could lead to copyright questions for vital products such as training manuals, software, advertising material, drawings and designs. Organizations should protect their copyrights at the beginning of any contractor relationship.
Machining tests for optimizationBy Moise Cummings
Economic recovery brings opportunities for machine shops to take orders from new businesses, orders that may require dealing with unfamiliar materials. On top of that, regulations are requiring the use of newer, less-toxic fluids. In these cases, managers should turn to machinability testing and Frederick Taylor’s tool life equation to make sure that tooling costs for using these new materials don’t decimate a bid’s profit margins.
Going safely overseas By William Zhu, Jas Singh and Kathy Norton
With today’s linked-up world where activists can make even the best companies look bad for the employment practices of far-flung suppliers, multinational corporations must pay
even closer attention to environmental health and safety. International companies with supply chains in Asia should use their clout to improve environmental health and safety
down to the far reaches of their supply chains not just because of the potential for negative publicity, but because it’s the right thing to do.