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Speed vs Thoroughness

Take time to investigate, document, and find the proper solution to a plant production line failure.

Every minute of critical equipment downtime costs money. The plant manager of an appliance plant fought his high downtime rate by ordering a big sign hung over each of three critical lines. The sign read, “$650,000 per hour.” That was the revenue per line.

While well-intended, this tactic backfired. Everyone in the maintenance department saw these signs, and when critical equipment went down the responding techs worked frantically to speed through repairs to get that $65

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