A Preview of “The Wearable Artificial Pancreas Company”

A Preview of “The Wearable Artificial Pancreas Company”.

I live in Fort Lauderdale and did not know of this company to date.

Check out their web site. It is awesome

http://www.pancreum.com/

Every day there are people out there who are dreaming up and building medical devices to benefit mankind.

All that is needs is venture capital to go the next step.

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Making Others Dreams Happen – Taking That Gleam In A Visionary’s Eye To Reality

Making dreams happen is a two-fold process

  • The visionaries who dream great ideas and takes the concept to a prototype
  • The pragmatists who take it to market
It always surprises me to see my peers proclaim that a project or an idea is not viable mainly because they don’t understand it
What does it take for a project to succeed?
  • The right resources
  • Reasonable capital
  • A Team who believes that it can be done
  • The right seeds planted and watered
  • Empowerment
  • Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • A willingness to shoot from the hip when required
  • Lending a friendly ear to the soldiers
  • Not shrinking from going back to the drawing board
Creativity is the key
Great solutions come when your back is against the wall
Research and present your strategy for meeting Goals
Get buy in from the Team
Go for it and do not look back

Kaizen is a Gentlemen’s Sport – Time Studies Hit Below The Belt

Time studies are inhuman

Why do a Time Study when you can Kaizen with the Team

I don’t think any one likes to be timed or watched.

I wonder whether real Black Belts ever ask for time studies

Then how do you do the measure in DMAIC?

I call it self measurement

Without trust there can be no progress

Revisiting Pareto Charts – Process Improvement & Low Hanging Fruit – Instant Gratification

http://asq.org/learn-about-quality/cause-analysis-tools/overview/pareto.html

ASQ is a great place to browse and learn. The link above is a concise write up of the power of a Pareto Chart and how the same can be generated in Excel. You could do it with Minitab as well.

My first brush with a Pareto chart was in 2001

My assignment for the week was to increase the yield of a packaging line with a major manufacturer of diabetes bio-sensors.

I walked the line, talked to the operators and talked to one of the engineers

Here is the low down

  • The operators maintained a very clear record of the down time and frequency
  • The data was collected and stored in a database
Went and met the keeper of the database
He was thrilled and mentioned that he was waiting for the day when some one would come in and ask him for the data.
Got the data plugged it into Excel and created a Pareto Chart.
Passed it around the weekly meeting with a smug look
Here are the top hitters
  • Meetings
  • Repairs to literature folder
Action
  • Have communication on the line and reduce wasteful meetings
  • Bring in the literature folder company rep and recondition the system
ROI or is it Return On No Investment?
  • Increase in yield from 75% to 95%
Is that instant gratification or what?
Well since then I have used the Pareto Chart any number of times with success and little effort
Who needs training courses?
Is that LEAN manufacturing or what?

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester.

Well, time for some good old Biomimicry

Next step is embedded Oriental Hornets in the human body

Is that a medical device or what?

NASA’s Puffin: The Personal Electric Air Vehicle – The New Age Personal Emotional Mobile – Go PuffinPOD

NASA’s Puffin: The Personal Electric Air Vehicle.

One step closer to a personal electric vehicle you can take anywhere.

  • Maybe a city without roads with your Puffin taking off from the terrace
  • Maybe even with an Automatic pilot so that you can be on your iPad as you travel
  • Your local sheriff would own one
  • So would your vermin exterminator
  • Who knows, in India sabji wallahs may hover over your windows in a high rise selling vegetables
  • The puffin may spawn new designs in architecture
  • Your personal grand canyon adventure on a Puffin.
  • Your mail man, Fedex man and friendly UPS man may start using it too
  • Dream on

Value Stream Mapping Is A Contact Sport – All You Need Is Post It Notes, Observe & Ask Questions

Value Stream Mapping can be used in any industry and in any situation.

There are innumerable resources on the web to teach your self

Just Google it and find out

All that you need is Post It Notes, walk to the scene, observe and ask questions

Soon you will be going Lean

Sure using Visio makes it even better

It is so easy you may wonder why you never tried it before

Who needs training courses?