How Important Are Turtle Diagrams for An Organization?

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...
Helpful Tools for Managing your Process Flows

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...
First Things First

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...
How Logistics Improvements Save Time, Money, and Fuel

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...
The Times, They Are Changin’

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...