Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sometimes I am amazed the vehicle is driven off the line


This is all new plants, I pulled up the "penis plants" as they were no longer amusing.

This is how the assembly line works. We ship in parts, they are put on the line, operators put them on the vehicle and when everyone is done---they start up the vehicle and drive it to the test area. Every vehicle is tested and checked and then there is a special audit to make sure everything is fine.

If there is a problem with the special audit vehicle that is a horrible thing and special measures are taken because all this is done with percentages. This is the meeting that people are know to vomit before they go in.

So today my highly paid customer engineer in charge of special shit sent out an email to everyone asking what part numbers are right hand and what part numbers are left hand. This is written in stone and never changes, odds are one side and evens the other side. Boom, you are done. How sad is this?

Then my own company that is shipping more shit than is possible told me they cannot change the cert mark to a new mark because it would confuse their operators? How am I supposed to tell the customer we can't certify good parts because our people are too confused?

Best of all, there was an accident at a plant and people were badly hurt. This happens at least once a year and it is horrible. When this happens there is a big push on safety and everyone gets re-trained and it is pounded in how important safety is. The union has resumed their daily walk to make sure safety is a priority. So I am standing in the safe area and waiting for my parts. I was there 45 minutes and 6 union reps asked if I was the supervisor. Don't look like one, act like one, resemble one, don't have a radio, so nope not me. I guess the union people don't get out much.

4 comments:

  1. I much prefer dog wrangling to your job.

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    1. Dogs are more fun and almost as entertaining. Sometimes it takes on a "you had to be there" quality.

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  2. Wow, that's a hard environment.

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    1. Unbelievably hard. But they have people's lives in their hands. And it is dangerous.

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