James A


  • Just goes to show that Co-Co the clown’s offspring have pervaded all areas of industry.  I would say that there is more than a cultural issue at stake with this individual.  Intensive aversion therapy using electric cattle prod may be required.  Extended education in common sense and what gauging is for may also prove helpful.
    James A

  • James,
    I almost agree with everything you’ve just said, but with one exception – management is no more always right than the beloved customer – but hopefully if you have the right management then your project will still move the business in the right direction (management satisfied if surprised at incorrect assumptions) or satisfy the customer at…[Read more]

  • Hiya Billybob,
    Thanks for the link.
    As far as what goes where is concerned, I think it probably depends on who taught you in the first place – where I was it went “Scrap, Overproduction, Inventory, Motion, Processing, Transport, Waiting” – so all the key elements are in there – just not in the same order.  The important thing, I think you will a…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic Black Belt Job Level in the forum General 19 years, 11 months ago

    I can’t speak for everyone, but where I am, BBs are selected on the basis of:- being well-regarded within the company, being able to think laterally/vertically/horizontally/5th dimensionally/out-of-the-box etc., able to lead groups, provide inspiration for others, be objective, non-critical, be future leaders, etc.
    Current job function doesn’t…[Read more]

  • For Motion – this refers to the movement of tooling etc within a machine.  e.g. during a CNC cycle it does not make sense for the tooling to go to 0,0,0 every time a tool is changed, and then start cutting.  It does make sense for tooling to have non-cutting travel reduced to the minimum required (without clouting the job!) 
    It could also re…[Read more]

  • There is a certain amount of training available from within MiniTab – look under the Help menu – Tutorials – and take it from there.  They are not a bad start – and also useful for refreshers.
    James A

  • I’d try using the arithmetical mean – if you think about it, it makes sense as it is the same as you would use in SPC – which also deals with ‘normal’ albeit skewed (on occasions) data.
    Statistician I’m not, so others may disagree, but that’s where I’d go.
    James A

  • Morning Ex-GB,
    I’d try using kurtosis to describe the skew – the NIST website is a great source of stats type data, and it’s free – the following link will take you to the area I think you need to look atfor more information:-
    James A

  • James A replied to the topic Label thickness gauge in the forum General 19 years, 12 months ago

    I think so, yes.  There is a manufacturer who produces various gauging and measurements sytems – one of which was designed to measure thickness (using either laser or light from memory – i.e. non-contact).  I think it was designed to measure paint thickness originally.
    By using a label or labels of known thickness (i.e. master parts) t…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic SPC and the Real World in the forum General 20 years ago

    I’ve just caught up with this comment in another thread from Anna O’C (the now free, former Annonymous) and I think it sums things up pretty well:-
    “Organizations have “homeostasis” just like organisms do.  So they try to return to their previous state.  That’s why change is hard unless the organization or system is deliberately desdigned and t…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic SPC and the Real World in the forum General 20 years ago

    Thanks to all who responded – like I said, I’m sure we don’t have these problems here – but one must be ever vigilant – if we can’t cope with truth in engineering, then a lot of people are going to be disappointed in their product!
    Skew and/or kurtosis seem to be worth having a look at some day on some ‘genuinely pencil-whipped’…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic SPC and the Real World in the forum General 20 years ago

    Hi Marc,
    Thanks for your response – but let’s assume we’ve done all the GR&Rs, we’ve done the work studies, we know the FTF times, and we know the capbility of the machines, and we are depressingly familiar with the good words from aiag, aiob, IATF, QS, TS and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all.
    Let’s also assume that there is no criticism for out of…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic Six Sigma games for an open day in the forum General 20 years ago

    This sounds like an amazing piece of confectionary – but what happens if you eat a whole bag?  The coefficient of thermal expansion vs. the elastic limit of the stomach?

  • James A replied to the topic Safety Related Projects in the forum General 20 years ago

    I confess that I am not working on any safety type stuff, but if I may offer some thoughts for guidance:
    Firstly – what does your ‘customer’ expect as an outcome of your project?  This answer may start to define it straight away.  If your customer doesn’t know, then try the following:-
    What are the main safety issues you have?  If yo…[Read more]

  • Travis,
    In a way three of my colleagues and I are in a similar position to you – in that we, the BBs, are currently leading the drive to get 6S successfully introduced/implemented into the company – I believe (but I’m not yet totally convinced) that the management/champion support is there – it’s just that they’re mostly too busy to commit to…[Read more]

  • Carl,
    I was going to post a reply to this earlier, but was hoping that a more intelligent life form would have a go first.  I worked in a tannery for my year out during my degree and during that time the shoe manufacturers were trying to minimise waste from patterns cut from hides – so maybe that industry could provide some leads/info?
    Also, a…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic Inspiring Quality Quotes in the forum General 20 years ago

    Billybob you old (but currently accurate) cynic!
    OK, this one’s nothing to do with Quality, but I love it nonetheless.
    Another Day ended,
    All tasks completed,
    All targets met,
    All systems fully established, up, and running,
    All staff happy, fulfilled and enthusiastic,
    All pigs fed and ready to fly
    Now isn’t that great?  If you don’t l…[Read more]

  • James A replied to the topic Communication Questions in the forum General 20 years ago

    I’m truly surprised at you – you’ve made a number of assumptions as to the customer requirements, and not based your response on statements from the customer – shame on you  ;-)  (wicked grin – it’s Monday after all)
    James A

  • James A replied to the topic Communication Questions in the forum General 20 years ago

    That would depend on what the request was – can you give me a clue?
    James A

  • James A replied to the topic Inspiring Quality Quotes in the forum General 20 years ago

    Thank you Robert for the Petronius quote – it’s a while since I’ve seen that one.  The more things change . . . . . .
    A lecturer once observed that in manufacturing engineering “One should always be on the lookout for tight tolerances, loosely enforced”.
    It appealed to my cynical British sense of humour.
    James A

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