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Article #28, December7, 2005

“How do you perceive the inspection job to mean?”

Inspection in engineering has a narrow meaning that connotes quality control of physical products.

It might be viewed as a statistical process in production to keep physical errors in the manufactured products within acceptable ranges with subsequent determination of an inspector or production manager of whether the production mechanism satisfies certain quality control specifications.

It might be understood as a method for inspecting individual items whether the task is paced as in conveyor belts or the pacing is under control of the inspector and his own rate of work.

The concept of inspection might also be studied from a Human Factors organizational perspective of the personal qualities of inspectors and the work pressures from individual workers or groups trying to influence his decision for refusing batches of products.

In this perspective, inspection is implicitly of people; inspection decisions about a man’s work directly reflected upon him and thus the resentment associated with the age, skills, gender and professional behavior of the inspector.

Inspectors are expected not to be impaired in their eyesight, auditory and tactual judgments and be highly trained and knowledgeable about quality standards.

An inspector must have opinions about the working conditions, how workers are paid when defects are found, method of payment of the inspector and number of break time, general environment in quality of lighting, noise and temperature, organizational factors of isolation, interruptions, monotony and decision pressures from foremen and supervisors, calibration at interval of inspectors’ norms or their expectations in rate of defects, pre-conceived ideas of accuracy resulting from deterioration in physical or mental abilities and lack of agreement on quality.

Is inspection the task of a single person for a phase in the production process or should it be an organization within the administration having responsibility for the total control of quality starting from the design concept for the foreseeable errors, risks and safety, usage of the product not intended for, raw materials, subcontracted parts, manufacturing, packaging, recall, marketing deficiencies and customers’ complaints because quality is finally in the customer eyes and mind?

Should an inspector be part of the team in the production process or independent associated with a specific inspection organization?

Some companies do not take inspection seriously and most of the times assign this task to employees about to retire who in turn perceive their new assignment as a downgrading in their responsibilities.

Some companies are ready to sacrifice quality in order to maintain a steady flow in the conveyer belt; for example it is well known that cars produced on Mondays and Fridays are fraught with systematic defects because on these days novices replace the high rate of absentee trained employees.  The fact is since weekly checks are paid on Thursdays it encourage trained workers to extend their vacation from Friday to Tuesday.  Failing to show up on Friday and Monday the work force is altered which condition the administration learn to cope with as best it can.   In this case, companies allocate expense funds to repairing returned products through warranties.

Havin’ a Ball

 

I like to think I know-it-all:

           I like to annoy all, all who do instead.

I like to listen to my conscience howl,

           Forever, nudging me to take a stand.

I am amused to hearing my excuses, sleek and grand,

           Often time when I avoid standing tall.

I have a conscience I’m made to understand,

           Indeed, I should be having a ball.

Gratifying revenge; (June 31, 2009)

 

            The longer you live the longer the list of people that should incur your vengeance for deeds “totally uncalled for”.  The irony is that very few people reach the stage of acting on any kinds of revenge; time the wise tends to erase cluttered memories; away from sight far is the recollection of the offender; with rare exceptions.  The more enduring the desire for revenge the more irrelevant is the offense; they are offenses in the period of early ignorance.

            Why people who managed to get revenge spend a miserable life afterward? I am not referring to those pathetic comparses who harassed the avenger to going to the end of his frustration: they ejaculated their wretched anxieties and dispersed from the scene.  If the supposed offender has no recollection of the offense or is not willing to apologize because he still believes that he was in the “right” then the revenge has no value.  It is sweet to get financial remuneration for years of personal flagellation but it does not wash completely the lingering bitterness of having been “suckered” or abused of our foolishness.

            Revenge is not such a bad feeling if it becomes an incentive or a catalyst for individual improvement.  The worst part is that most of the offenders die without knowing that we have been feeling deeply miserable for so long because of a redundant word or an unconscious act they did to us; we like to believe that, most probably, the offenders died because of our evil eye or evil spirit chassed them relentlessly to their grave: ignorance has no limits within dark hearts.  Revenge is the bread of everyday but the victims of “honor avengers” for social behavior and close organizational customs and traditions are ultimately the excretion of the monsters of ignorance and ineptitude.

 

            There are efficient ways of taking revenge grandly. For example, if you are the owner of an enterprise and you need to punish recalcitrant employees then assign them to alveoli with very low ceilings; the lower the height of the ceiling, the darker the colors and the more detailed is the task.  The recalcitrant personnels are those educated hiremen who are timorous enough to look their higher echelon boss in the eyes and devulge inefficiencies, scoundrels, and obtuse routines.

            Abstract notions and imagination take wings in high ceiling environment and amid green wide fields.  If governments are serious about fiscal loopholes then they should assemble the fiscal agents in charge in very low ceiling rooms to iron out the details for well oiled bureaucratic systems.  My hypothesis is that all dictatorial western systems of control were planned, studied, and analyzed in ultra low ceiling caves; most probably, they got these ideas and techniques from reviewing Chinese master archives.


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