What are the benefits of a Turtle Diagram?

Turtle Diagrams can be used in conjunction with Process Flow Charts, Procedures, Work Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to link them all together, correlating the information in one simple to read diagram. There are many benefits of using a Turtle...

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Why use a Turtle Diagram?

When an organization has chosen to document their processes, it can be a daunting task, even more so for those that have to read through the documentation afterward – including auditors and new employees. This is where the use of a Turtle Diagram can make things...

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How Important Are Turtle Diagrams for An Organization?

Firstly, let's look at what a Turtle Diagram is. A Turtle Diagram is a visual tool that displays all aspects of a process including inputs, outputs, criteria metrics and other relevant information that assists in the efficiency improvements of organizational...

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Helpful Tools for Managing your Process Flows

We’re going to take a short departure from our regular column on standards, to talk about techniques for managing your yard better, in the spirit of this issue on Operations. Do you have a process flow that you need to follow, but find that there are a lot of moving...

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First Things First

It’s no secret that I think systems will help a shop run better – more efficiently, easier to train employees, higher profits.  Systems take time to implement, however. One of the conversations I frequently have is, “OK, I’ll accept your premise that it will make more...

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How Logistics Improvements Save Time, Money, and Fuel

The trucking industry has changed a lot since the days when I’d ride in the third seat of the family station wagon, facing backwards, and wave at truckers in the hopes they’d toot their big horn back at me.   (TOOT TOOT!) Back then, they drove what they thought was...

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Handling Contaminated Automotive Refrigerants

While researching information for a client on a sister topic of recycling automotive electronics, I came across this article from the EPA.  Rather than paraphrase it, since it was well-written and covers all the points that I would have highlighted in this article,...

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Color Me Organized

There’s been some talk at some of my clients lately about labeling – whether it’s necessary, or just another way to slow down production.  (I know, some of you are beyond this stage, but it might be helpful for those who are still deciding whether to implement or...

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Who Implements An ISO Standard?

What sort of yard owner implements an ISO standard?  In keeping with the theme of this edition, I stopped to ponder what are the common characteristics of the folks that I have the privilege and honor of working with, and serving.  With hardly any effort at all, I...

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The Times, They Are Changin’

Last time we talked about how to start understanding your process through some easy metrics. This time, we'll talk about what starting may mean. The most comprehensive word to describe this would be change. Change is rarely easy; however, it is a constant (like death...

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