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Are You Making the Correct Correction?

When a production line's speed drops, don’t mask problems by adjusting the controller.

If you cut your leg, would you take aspirin for the pain instead of closing/bandaging the cut?

A production line slowed noticeably, one day. The responding maintenance technician quickly restored line speed by adjusting the speed control setting in the programmable logic controller (PLC). Applause, applause, take a bow and move on to the next problem.

But what did this technician really fix?

Not the underlying problem, because he didn’t even look. He didn&r

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