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    Default Engineering

    The Value of Engineering.

    You don’t have to be an engineer to appreciate this story.(In fact, if
    you're NOT an engineer, you may enjoy this more!)

    A toothpaste factory had a problem. They sometimes shipped empty boxes
    without the tube inside. This challenged their perceived quality with the
    buyers and distributors.

    Understanding how important the relationship with them was, the CEO of the
    company assembled his top people. They decided to hire an external
    engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem. The project followed the
    usual process: budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP, and third-parties
    selected. Six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution
    - on time, on budget, and high quality. Everyone in the project was

    They solved the problem by using a high-tech precision scale that would
    sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box weighed less than it
    should. The line would stop, someone would walk over, remove the defective
    box, and then press another button to re-start the line. As a result of the
    new package monitoring process, no empty boxes were being shipped out of
    the factory.

    With no more customer complaints, the CEO felt the $8 million was well
    spent. He then reviewed the line statistics report and discovered the number
    of empty boxes picked up by the scale in the first week was consistent with
    projections, however, the next three weeks were zero! The estimated rate
    should have been at least a dozen boxes a day. He had the engineers check the
    equipment, they verified the report as accurate.

    Puzzled, the CEO traveled down to the factory, viewed the part of the line
    where the precision scale was installed, and observed just ahead of the
    new $8 million dollar solution sat a $20 desk fan blowing the empty boxes off
    the belt and into a bin. He asked the line supervisor what that was about.

    "Oh, that," the supervisor replied, "Bert, the kid from maintenance, put
    it there because he was tired of walking over, removing the box and
    re-starting the line every time the bell rang.”
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    Lol talk about over thinking the solution to a perceived problem. I personally seen first hand on many occasions where this happened on the assembly line. Spend a $100 to save a penny!

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    in the blueridge mtns nutznboltz's Avatar
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    That Is true and funny as fuck! Been there and they weren't giving out a t shirt for making them look ignorant.
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