Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Tesla Forgets the Lesson Toyota Taught GM in Fremont: “Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Read and learn, from NPR:

“At the old GM plant in Fremont, Calif., the system had been totally different and there was one cardinal rule that everyone knew: the assembly line could never stop.

“You just didn’t see the line stop,” Madrid said. “I saw a guy fall in the pit and they didn’t stop the line.”

Lee, the supervisor who oversaw the plant summed it up this way: “You saw a problem, you stopped that line: you were fired.”

As a result, vehicles at the plant had lots of defects. Haggerty saw all kinds of mistakes go right down the line.

“So we had Monte Carlos with Regal front ends and vice versa,” he recalled. There were cars with engines put in backwards, cars without steering wheels or brakes. Workers fixed them later in a yard outside — sometimes doing more damage to the vehicles.”

So those were the bad old days of GM in Fremont. But then came the Toyota Way of doing things during the NUMMI era:

At the NUMMI plant you can see Toyota’s solution to this — a thin nylon rope that hangs on hooks along the assembly line. It’s called the andon cord and when pulled, it will stop the line.

The first pull summons a team leader. Workers try to correct the problem on the line. If it takes too long to fix, the line stops. The andon cord also plays a surprisingly cheerful little song that workers can chose. For longtime GM workers who switched to the NUMMI system, all this was a revelation.

After two decades at the GM Fremont plant, Earl Ferguson flew to Japan to learn a whole new way of making cars.

When Madrid trained in Japan, he saw workers stop the line to fix a bolt.

“That impressed me,” he said. “I said, ‘Gee that makes sense.’ Fix it now so you don’t have to go through all this stuff. That’s when it dawned on me. We can do it. One bolt. One bolt changed my attitude.”

And guess what’s made at that very same factory down south in Fremont today – that’s right, Teslas:

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop – for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.

By now, the reader should have realized that New Tesla is sort of like Old GM.

Artist’s conception of Elon Musk wearing Mens crocs size XXL, if he ever were to do that and then pose awkwardly in/on an expensive vehicle that obviously didn’t fit him (or Arnold, or Gavin, or a lot of others who Wanted To Believe):

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The Most People I’ve Ever Seen on Just One “Bicycle” in Frisco – A Party on Wheels

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Later on, I saw that they had these rides at work – “meeting bikes” or something they were called, like you could call a meeting for up to seven people and then ride around whilst conducting bidness. But I never saw a bike meeting IRL.

And actually, I haven’t seen this ride too much since 2009 either:

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Maintenance is a bear, I understand…

Shame of the California Highway Patrol: The Implications of “MEMBER – 11-99 FOUNDATION – “Can You Buy A License to Speed?”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

SSIIRRISLY.

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All the deets on this Culture of Corruption.

This is Not/ America: Old-School House on Stanyan Doesn’t Match the Others – The Steepest Roof in Frisco?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Near Hayes:

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It doesn’t feel like America, anyway.

Mayor Ed Lee’s Super Bowl City of 2015 on Division Looks Just the Same, But There’s Less of It Nowadays – A Two-Year Anniversary

Monday, November 27th, 2017

I first noticed the original Super Bowl City in the first week of December back in 2015, but I’m informed it really got going a few weeks earlier in mid to late November.

Here’s how things look these days in the same basic place. Not hundreds of tents, but dozens, certainly.

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That’s the update.

You Need to Turn Your Headlights on in the Rain in California These Days, Unless You Work for the SFPD

Monday, November 27th, 2017

100% compliance, as you can see. But the popo?

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No no.

Our US Postal Service Gets an Early Start with Parking in the New Bike Lanes of Masonic Avenue

Monday, November 27th, 2017

And this lengthy project isn’t even done yet:

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Where will these trucks park after completion?

– The slow lane, leaving just one for MUNI and cars?

– The slightly elevated bike lane, as seen?

– The new overly-wide sidewalks?

– Some yet-to-be-designated delivery vehicle / UBER Lyft dropoff point?

IDK.

 

Hinodeya Ramen: It’s Hot – A Lively Scene at Japantown’s Otherwise Somnolent Osaka Way / Buchanan Street

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Four stars on Yelp:

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Meta – The Self-Aware Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Art meets Life:

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Where Not to Double Park: Near Intersections – And Here’s Why

Friday, November 24th, 2017

I mean, isn’t it obvious what’s wrong here?

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And the kind of driver what double parks near an intersection is the kind who will obliviously start going just as you’ve committed to go on the wrong side of the street to pass them.

Attention UBER / Lyft: Don’t double park near intersections in Frisco.