Friday, October 30, 2009

Ford Model-T car


A beauty, Model T Ford car ..

Challenging the concept of craft production where each car was produced like a job shop activity, all resources and workers gathering around each unit until it is finally assembled and rolled out of the shop floor, mass production helped to standardize production on a large scale to meet with high demand at lower costs ..

Now we find the Lean System ( Toyota Production System) is challenging this production concept. The Japanese are showing the world it is not utilization of machines, men and materials which decides the quality and cost effectiveness of any shop floor operations, product or process, instead trying to keep inventory and wastes low, is the success to any manufacturing. By aiming at unit-continuous-pull flow on the shop floor, Toyota has shown the world they are indeed technologically and theoritically superior to the manufacturing concerns of the western world.

This also explains the craze for western companies to go LEAN, i.e. reduce wastes, provide value, bring pull and run single piece continuous flow ..

However for posterity, here is the first car to be mass produced ... Model T Ford .. A beauty .. 

ge..

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Where's my Nobel Prize", an article by Chetan Bhagat ..TOI.


Do we really care for talent in this country ..? 

Are our talents getting burnt out at a very early age? Are we good only at reproducing and copying and not creating something new ? Are we muting our creativity ?

Else who can explain the brilliant brains in the country getting qualified through the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), the toughest entrance exam in the world, for admission to the prestigious IITs, wilting from the academic scenario after their thirties ?

Are the ancient caste system, regulations and bureaucracy muffling the talent which sprouts here and there quite randomly..?

Read on, good article.. by the young IIT Bombay trained, famous writer ..


ge..



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maldives holds cabinet meeting underwater to protest against global warming that will submerge Maldives..





VIDEO - Authorities in the Maldives are taking their fight against ...

Authorities in the Maldives are taking their fight against global warming to new depths by holding an underwater cabinet meeting on October 17 to raise awareness about climate change. The country is one of the lowest-lying nations in the world and may soon disappear under rising sea levels

Desk and chairs under water off Girifushi Island. The Maldives' ...

Desk and chairs under water off Girifushi Island. 


Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed signs the decree of the ...


Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed signs the decree of the underwater cabinet meeting off Girifushi Island. 


Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed surfaces from the underwater ...
Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed surfaces from the underwater cabinet meeting off Girifushi Island. 


george (courtesy Associated Press..)

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