September '15

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rv-pro.com September 2015 • RV PRo • 113 • Higher-than-normal scrap rates being reported. • More product is being set aside (quarantined) for sorting or 100 percent inspection. • Poor labor efficiency or other productivity measuring metrics. • The plant's inability to consistently meet daily production quantities. • Missed or late shipments. • A sustained period of or increase in overtime. • An increase in employee injuries. • An increase in absenteeism. • An increase in employee turnover. • An increase in work in progress (WIP) and/ or raw material inventories. • Clutter in the shop and the general appearance of disorganization. These examples are just some of the indicators that may signal that you have a problem or a number of problems. What to Do Obviously, the thing to do is to find and assign qualified people to the task of assessing your operations — from top to bottom — so as to identify the problems and then recommend the corrective action. I would recommend that this be done in at least a two-part process. First, there should be recommendations for any and all short-term, low-cost, quick-to-implement solutions that would provide immediate relief. Second, a list of recommended long-term solutions should be developed that may require more study, equipment evalua- tion, quotes, option evaluations, and team review/ buy-in. Many times these recommendations may be the more permanent and possibly more costly solutions, which may require budgeting for future expenditures. Management typically tries to use the resources it has on-hand, which it should. Many times this process involves meetings with supervisors and asking them what they need, what they think is wrong, or what issues they have. Sometimes engineers are sent out to look at a particular machine, operation or area to see what they think the problem could be and to make recommendations for improvement. Supervisors are usually too quick to ask for more people – more operators to reduce the overtime, more people to sort and inspect, and more operators or temps to produce more. Many times this may be needed as a short-term fix, but rarely is it an economical or Two Sided Patented Mop Faster Easier Safer Waterless Wash Wax– and No Ladder Needed Seeking Dealers: Dealer Discount Pricing! 210-344-7921 www.washwax.com PROTECTING ROAD TRIPS ONE AT A TIME CLASSIC ACCESSORIES | We Cover Your Gear ® PermaPRO ™ LIFETIME WARRANTY We are introducing a LIFETIME WARRANTY on all PermaPRO ™ RV Covers! R•POD ® is a registered trademark of Forest River, Inc. Coleman ® is a registered trademark of the Coleman Company, Inc. Atwood ® is a registered trademark of Atwood Mobile Products, LLC PolyPro3 ™ R•POD 179 Travel Trailer Cover Air Conditioner Covers For Atwood and Coleman Wheel Covers Available in Snow White & Black • New Model 7 fits Atwood 135 & 150 Air Commander • New Model 8 fits Coleman Mach 8 • Water-proof, wipe-clean vinyl with soft, non scratch backing • Draw cord along bottom for a fast and secure fit • 3 Year Hassle-Free Warranty • Thick, triple-ply PolyPRO ™ 3 top with breathable single-ply PolyPRO ™ 1 sides for all-season protection. • Integrated air vent system • Adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hem corners • 3 Year Hassle-Free Warranty SNOW WHITE BLACK SNOW WHITE BLACK

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