Posts Tagged ‘quality’

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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San Francisco, 2017

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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I’d totally wear one of these – I’m jelly.

Lobos Creek Takes Mountain Lake to Baker Beach – Why Does It Get So Foamy?

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

IDK, just asking.

Here’s the outlet at Baker Beach:

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It runs clear. I mean I’ve never seen it not run clear. But if you let it run into a temporary diversion pond it gets all foamy. See?

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I know that this creek has a bad reputation for water quality, but I’ve never heard of anybody getting sick from it, and you’d think somebody would considering the thousands of people who go traipsing through it on a weekly basis.

So, IDK.

If Our SFPUC (aka “SFWater”) Went to French Laundry, It Would Add Guy Fieri Donkey Sauce to the Bordelaise

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Oh look, yet another tiresome ad from our local utility poobahs:

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And here’s your backgrounder.

So, if the PUC were a person, s/he would carry horrible Donkey Sauce to Yountville to combine with French Laundry’s Bordelaise sauce.

Why? Because “two supplies are always better than one,” silly.

Nobody has Donkey Sauce straight, right? Yech! Similarly, nobody’s drinking Frisco’s substandard water straight neither. The plan is to add enough to make it worth the PUC’s while while blanketing our city with these nonsense ads.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, PUC

Frisco’s PUC Shows how a Reliable Tap Water Supply is Better than a Super Reliable Tap Water Supply

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This ad here has been my white whale – I’ve caught glimpses of it all over town the past few weeks, but here’s my first view head on.

Anyway, I guess you can see the three streams of water here:

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So I’m disputing the “amazing” claim about the 100% Hetch Hetchy what some of us will continue to get (due to a bad nitrate score last time I checked) AND I’ll point out that the groundwater being added in isn’t good enough to be tap water on its own – it needs to be cut, heavily, with Hetch Hetchy water, right?

So what would an honest marketing campaign look like? IDK, how about we’re lowering drinking water for some of you, mostly on the west side. And then you could point out the pros and cons of this decision…

Frisco’s “SMART WATER” – Our SFPUC has a Lot of Gumption with This New Ad Campaign – “Hella?”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Here’s the latest:

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1. So how “amazing” is the water we take from Hetch Hetchy / Yosemite area? Well I think it’s fine, but check this oot, eh?

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So what are we, like #11 in population but #33 in water quality? Hmmm. Is that really so amazing?

2. The groundwater the SFPUC is hella* excited to add to your water (maybe – it depends on where you live in Frisco) is of lower quality than what we steal from the baby Yosemite Valley we flooded in order to steal from.

3. So to conclude, you can look forward to higher water prices (raising at a rate much higher than inflation) along with lower water quality in the coming years.

IOW, you’d prefer to get your water “smart” as opposed to “hella smart.”

In closing, hella hella hella…

*Our PUC, mostly run by old white dudes: “How do you do, fellow kids?

The SFPUC’s Marketing of Its Adulteration of Our Water Supply is Pretty Amazing

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Well let’s take a look at what ppl who don’t get paid by the SFPUC to crow about the SFPUC and see what they say about Frisco’s vaunted (“amazing,” they call it) Hetch Hetchy water. Oh, we’re down there around #33 or so, betwixt Pittsburgh and a town even more corrupt than ours. (I’m sure there’s a rejoinder to that, but I don’t know what it might be.)

Anyway, the local PUC is a gonna cut our normal water with well water what by itself isn’t generally good enough to be considered acceptable drinking water. But if you adulterate the water supply only a little, you can still meet standards and also save a few bucks as well.

The ad I saw on the side of a MUNI bus had “reliable” or reliability as the theme. And here’s what you see at
San Francisco Groundwater Supply Project

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There are pros and cons to adulterating our water supply of course.

Vaunted Frisco/Hetchy Hetchy Drinking Water Quality Ranked 33rd in National Study – Why? NITRATE ‘n Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Oh well:

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The latest rankings:

National Drinking Water Database – City Water Ratings

Big City Water Ratings

EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). [read more on rating methodology]

Tesla Update: People Living in Glass Cars Shouldn’t…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

IDK, man. Why is the rest of the car clean?

And how much would a new windshield cost – $2300?

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What else is busted already on this low-quality ride? Look closer, Gentle Reader.

The Signage Where Lobos Creek Drains onto Baker Beach Says What Now? – Something About Water Quality?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

FIrst of all, I think our Feds could do a better job with signage here, at Baker Beach:

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And second of all, I think the sign should say that this water is generally OK for kids to play in/around, except for times after it’s been raining. I think.

And there’s this:

San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has jurisdiction over Baker Beach, are working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on monitoring studies in an attempt to locate the source of the coliform, fecal coliform and enterococci detected where Lobos Creek meets the ocean. “It’s a spring-fed creek. We don’t know what’s causing it,” said Michael Kellogg, the supervising biologist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “Runoff is not an issue at Lobos Creek, which is percolating ground water.”

Anyway, this is the sign I can remember seeing, but it’s gone now…