Thursday, February 19, 2009

Poka-Yoke (CIA 3044)

Here's a very simple device used to thread into the agitator end of a sump pump impeller to make sure that it has been threaded to the proper depth. The work instructions call out to use thread depth checking tool 24627. This idea was prompted by an operator error made during the threading process.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

eLITE Board Premiers To Rave Reviews

The eLITE Board is generating much positive interest. Imagine that - even during an economic down turn.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Straight on view from the front. Fabricated steel pedestal with weighted feet for stability. Current design includes a 19" touchscreen monitor, 2' x 3' magnetic white communications board with magnetic attachments (dry markers, pushpins, sheet holders) Note: The transparent sign holders have magnetic strip backing to facilitate easy removal for maintenance.

Currently the calendar sheets are paper so that shop employees can easily perform updates.

The touchscreen is large enough to display all current charts and communications sheets. During the transition period we opted to simply reproduce what was being displayed on our manual LITE board. In the future these will likely become interactive and the content presentation will look vastly different from what you see here now.

Here at the back you can see we've simply mounted a ELO touchscreen monitor powered by a R51 ThinkPad. A light fabricated bracket holds the monitor securely to the pedestal. The Thinkpad tucks nicely into a sleeve type fabricated steel basket.

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