One should take in Arthur Miller's play - "All My Sons"....
On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM, Kirk Hargreaves <email@example.com>wrote:
> Demming took an approach to manufacturing that was learned during WWII in
> terms of how we built our bombers and other aircraft for last minute parts
> availability and component building in different geographical areas. . and
> where anyone on the work force could pull a cord to stop production if they
> saw something out of whack.
> The process was first devised to protect our interests in terms of enemy
> attack. The idea being that the enemy would not be able to take out the
> complete assembly area if under attack. . and parts were made right up to
> the point of assembly which also offered a measure of protection.
> This method also created a higher quality product and as such, Gen
> worked with Demming to bring these principles to Japan. . to help Japan
> back on its feet.
> At the same time, these principles were rejected by our own auto
> manufactures. It was once said that while the bumpers were falling off our
> cars during assembly, the Japanese were beginning to build quality cars and
> products with a long range view to the future. . compared to a short term
> outlook. The Japanese method involving a 45% focus on how to get a quality
> product to the market with a 15% focus on R and D. . America with 45%
> on R and D and 15% on how to get the product built, out to market.
> The Saturn plant in Kentucky was supposed to be built to follow along the
> lines of the Demming approach. . and Ford and others have purportedly
> embraced these methods as well . . in an effort to build higher quality
> automobiles. Harley Davidson also, it is said, embraced the Demming
> (circa 1984) with up to the minute parts procurement as opposed to the
> Shovel Head days when parts were said to be rusting on the shelves, having
> sat for so long before application.
> Anyone, please correct or add. . . (all from memory of reading about
> Demming). .
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