Speaker: Michel Gadbois
To have shop floor visibility, it is important to make the information easy to document. If the people who are working in these environments have to jump through many hoops to get to the documented data, the chances are that they will find an easier way that may not be the complete way.
Also, it is vital to make sure that all of the discharging systems become cohesive. For instance, if I am asking for help, if I have a non-conformance, if I need to know how to torque something, or if I simply want to send a question to engineering, I am able to do so in one central environment so that there is a natural history that starts to build as I go through the process.
The third thing essential to improving visibility relates to the quality pyramid, which says that the sooner I find something wrong, the cheaper it is to resolve. We know that collecting data is a non-value-adding activity, but it has to be done in this particular market space. It is crucial to ensure that as any data gets collected, the system validates every piece as it is collected. So if something is not right, I know instantly and not a week later. An example could be finding out if the person doing a particular task was authorized to work on that task. A system makes it easy to find out that yes, she was. Was that person still certified, or did her certification lapse? Are the tools that I used the right revision? Were the drawings that I brought up the right drawings for this particular task, and were they of the right revision? These are things that we have to verify manually today, and mistakes happen left and right. In a structured environment that is linked to the engineering definition, there is a much smaller chance of having a quality problem.
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