Posts tagged ‘Process Improvement’

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

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.


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

Bio-Printed Blood Vessels with 3D Printer

Organovo is in the news again  with bio-printed blood vessels using their 3D bio-printer

Get one and let your imagination run wild

Vibration Feature Pattern Matching – Machinery Prognostics Tool – LabView

LabView can help us predict machine failures before they occur.

A very informative link is to visit and enter nsi1105

What is Vibration Feature Pattern Matching?

A very good explanation is found at

Quoting from the link

“By capturing dynamic measurements from operating machines such as vibration, electrical power, and dynamic pressure; it is possible to extract key component signature features.  With this feature information, it is possible to tabulate specific metrics which drive plant maintenance and production schedules”

Here is an excellent link from Penn State on Machinery prognostics and Condition Monitoring


How do you introduce a small business to process improvement?

How do you introduce a small business enterprise to process improvement?

Here is a nuts and bolts approach as a starting point by teaching them how to fish.

Excellent simple 34 points.

Old Fashioned Process Improvement in South Bend, Indiana

There is a saying that some of the best engineers of the Good Old USA came from the Mid West. It was something to do with the long winters and time to think. I spent a substantial part of my interesting  journey through life in South Bend, Indiana which was the home of Studebaker. Worked for quite a few interesting companies in a very varied set of enriching assignments.

One such foray was with an Electronic Connector assembling shop. Their claim to fame was being able to assemble and supply at short notice connectors with a lot size as low as one. A major portion of these were hand assembled.

One of their engineers was a model railroad enthusiast and was well versed in Mechatronics. He invented and built an automated connector assembly machine in-house. It was an extraordinary machine and took the company to the next level.

I was hired to be part of the engineering team and built a couple of automatic connector gluing systems using a PC as a control system and doing digital I/O with the parallel port. Engineering was a fun effort with us playing designer & builder.

It is here I was introduced to an exercise in “Culture Change Management” with good old Mid Western Smarts.

The company hired an old-timer to run the operation and in the process change the culture and take it to the next level. Old man spent the first month of his time in the company with the operators in the shop floor. He was hands on, assembling and packing the connectors, learning, observing and making a strong connection with the Team.

Old man did not make any speeches or promises. He went through the system operation by operation and improved the process in an incremental and smooth way. Before anyone realized it the company received the required quality registration.

He was a friendly guy but very firm in handling the system. He did not talk LEAN or Six Sigma but kept a clean and efficient shop, shipped products on time with almost no returns.

He expanded the shop, increase business and ultimately built a brand new facility increasing the employment in the area.

It did help that he came from a similar operation, had full support of the owners in all his proposals and was willing to listen to experts in the field.

I am sure that there are many small companies in the USA doing this and more and keep the countries economic engine turning.