When you are looking to improve your manufacturing results, the first thing you do is look at your losses. If you've got a perfectly prioritized list of loss reasons, and you can make spending and improvement decisions in a snap, you're awesome! Most of us have a list of reasons that someone put together many years ago, and operators might (or might not) be recording downtimes in those reason categories. Your loss reason categories and lists can and should be critical to your decision making on where to spend time, money, and resources. If you aren't getting the most out of your downtime pareto charts, then keep reading. With a little bit of investment, you can make faster decisions with more actionable loss data by choosing better loss reasons and enrolling your team in the process.
I have a firm, fundamental belief that people come to work everyday to be great. The core inside of every person is that they want to be their best and add value to the team. No one wants to do a bad job at anything. But sometimes, your team members are underperforming their peers. You’re expecting me to say that you should cut the weakest links so that you rise the tide of performance? Nope.