A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with David Collins (consulting director of China Manufacturing Consultants, a company I am involved in) and we shot a few videos on topics related to factory improvement in the Chinese context.
We have already uploaded some of them. They are very instructive, and about 2 minutes long. They are on Youtube and soon will also be on Youku.
Here are two concepts that 99.9% of Chinese factories don’t apply. Hence the heavy reliance on final inspections.
How good engineers can reduce opportunities for mistake, or make mistakes immediately obvious (before they become defects). It usually costs close to nothing.
Collecting data and running simple analyses can guide process improvement. These statistical techniques are much more simple than most people think.
What most manufacturers should focus on, and why.
Basics about a solid maintenance policy.
Tips to reduce opportunities to get kickbacks from suppliers.
Did you see specialized mechanics changing tooling with cranes, and putting them in place with bolts? It is a sure sign of a factory that is very far behind best practices.