First, thanks for all the suggestions on material you want to see from these technical journals published by what was formerly Bobbin Magazine (previous entries). Also, it’d be great if you could cite the issue month and year of each article that interests you.
In this post, I will write about the following articles you requested:
- The How and Why of Temporary Piece Rates May 89
- Using Pre-Employment Testing to Improve Profits Nov 89
- Balancing Inventories: Matching Expectations to Reality Nov 89
In addition, I’ll give a brief rundown of these articles -all from Aug 89.
- Merchandising Calendar
- Tubular Knitwear’s Answer to Automated Cutting
- Industrial Sewing Machine Technicians
- Skil-Sew and Flexible Manufacturing
- How to Make High-Tech Presses Work Better for You (both parts)
- A Stone Washing Exercise: Some Answers
- Discretionary Profits
The reason all of these articles are lumped together is because, well, I don’t know how to say this nicely but the titles are the best thing about them. I’m not holding out on you. Like today, titling is everything. At the same time, some really great articles have lousy titles. Examples of great material with snooze titles are JASEM, the series on Material Utilization, Multiple Attributes/Criteria for Evaluating Manufacturing Systems (albeit deep with cool polar graphs), Consider Your Options and How Much is Technology’s Risk Worth?. Since few of you are likely to indicate interest in things like these based on the titles, I’ll be sure to highlight them anyway. Lucky you. Perhaps you’ll find something of greater compelling interest, such as counting the number of wales per square inch in your office carpeting. If you are still there, here’s a short review with comments on each so you can see I did put myself through the tedium of having read them.
The How and Why of Temporary Piece Rates
I had high expectations but it’s not what I thought it would be. I didn’t think it was particularly useful but you can be the judge (904kb). My thinking is that most of you would be interested in knowing how to set up piece rates period, and it doesn’t do that. It assumes you already have a well defined system and are introducing a new kind of product for which you don’t have enough experience upon which to develop compensation. I was uncomfortable with some of the discussion regarding sewing operators but I admit to being a little defensive about management’s attitudes towards those who work on the floor.
Using Pre-Employment Testing to Improve Profits
This article is mis-titled. It should be called “Why you should use pre-employment testing” but it doesn’t tell you how to do it beyond these four bulleted points under “Developing a Test Battery”:
- The first step of the validation project entrails breaking down a job to its essential attributes. This is called Job Analysis. The Job Analysis is the cornerstone of the validation project.
- Once the job analysis has been performed, tests must be developed which measure these essential attributes. There are two different types of employment tests, written tests and sample work tests.
- After the tests have been developed, the next step in a validation is the performance appraisal. Coming up with accurate ways to measure a person’s performance on the job is a somewhat difficult task particularly for managerial and supervisory jobs where a person does not directly produce a product.
- After performance and test data have been gathered, they undergo statistical and logical analysis to see if there is a significant relationship between the tests and on the job performance. The most important information gathered in this test is which tests predict job performance and will be good pre-employment screens. If a test is shown to predict performance, it is a valid test.
As you can see, this is pretty obvious. As I said, it’s mostly about why one should have testing and conveniently enough, the article’s author is a consultant who develops testing materials for plants. While this article is a bit disappointing, there are other articles in the journals on related topics that are interesting and should provide some guidelines toward selecting good sewing operator prospects.
Balancing Inventories: Matching Expectations to Reality
This one is only useful if you’re a large push manufacturer (or want to become one) and sell to department stores. Basically, it amounts to forecasting demand across thousands of skus. I feel comfortable omitting this kind of stuff because most of the people on that level who visit the blog -and there are many impressive urls!- are here looking for the basics. It’s not a bad article at all, just mismatched to our purposes.
This wasn’t a calender, disappointing. It was closer to a glossary (short, one page, lots of white space). I may feature some of those terms in a future entry.
Tubular Knitwear’s Answer to Automated Cutting
This article was about a particular kind of machine, a Bierrebi, a totally automated (meaning you’re processing thousands of templated type units) machine for big producers. It was in depth, a total machinery geek-out.
Industrial Sewing Machine Technicians
This was about the need for having qualified sewing machine techs. As though any of us needed any convincing. Written by an instructor at George Brown College where they train these kind of people.
Skil-Sew and Flexible Manufacturing
Disappointing article, ostensibly about training in flexible manufacturing (limited intellectual generosity) but it was really a soft sell for the consulting and training services offered by its author. Still, there is some information in the form of case studies that will be useful when I write about training sewing operators.
How to Make High-Tech Presses Work Better for You (both parts)
Ugh. This was two part folksy interview with this guy who’d gone to college for business management but found himself waylaid by his love of switches, controllers and related software integrated into continuous fusing machines. I bet your little heart is going pitter patter, pitter patter. A love story that only the most perverse and twisted of geeks could enjoy. I tell you, the things I put myself through for you. I deserve donations!
A Stone Washing Exercise: Some Answers
Too arcane even for me. If you intended to open a laundry, it’d be useful. However, if you were opening a laundry, my time would be better spent getting you an internship over at Border Laundry in El Paso TX. Seriously, I have a contact there if you’re interested.
Not very useful and in some respects, rather obvious. A brief discussion of economic policy, taxation, strategy and the need of reinvestment of profits into plant infrastructure.
That’s it for now.