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So much work on the shop floor is tribal
. The person doing methods writes up a procedure that he feels is the proper way of doing an operation and posts it to the shop floor.
After about four or five structures, the shop floor develops it’s own way of doing things.
A new person is hired for the job and they either must learn from the shop floor how to do the job or develop their own system. The instructions have long ago been thrown away.
How can you control quality, consistency, production, shipping dates, and such a philora of other variables without a set of work instructions?
In welding, one weldor puts in ten passes while another puts in twelve.
And one who just hired in tries it in two.
Here is a person who has never stacked welds before. Another has never filled a groove.
And so the story goes. ISO certs, customers, quality, performance, all require documentation and followup.