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20 Mar, 2014

Michael Ford At APEX this year, I will be presenting a poster in the poster session on Wednesday at 3pm , talking about counterfeit materials and the importance of traceability. The use of counterfeit materials can be a critical subject where safety critical products are concerned, or where brand integrity is important. Quality and environmental issues are also a likely consequence where materials have been used … Read More

risk, Quality, Safety, china, Conformance, Traceability, MRP, ERP, Materials Management

10 Feb, 2014

Michael Ford In the UK, late in many evenings if you go to a large supermarket, you will see them in the car park. Boy racers gathered with their friends, showing off their cars. I remember my early cars, old rusty death traps which, nonetheless, I was proud of, even though they frequently they left me standing at the side of the road….in the rain….  I wish that I had the skills and confidence to be able to enhance … Read More

Change Management, china, Safety, JIT, risk

24 Sep, 2013

Michael Ford Over the week-end, I decided to change the lights in our family bathroom. Having been lit by “feeble little wicks” since we moved into the house, now many years ago, I thought it about time we changed from the “gas guzzling” incandescent bulbs to nice new cool LED lighting. The result was amazing – instead of a hazy yellowy bathroom that consumed 260 watts of power to light up, we now have something … Read More

Webinar, Lean NPI, Design Through Manufacturing, ODB++, risk

20 Jun, 2013

Michael Ford People are traditionally very good at relationships. Relationships with friends, loved ones and family are very well documented. Relationships with inanimate objects however, or even virtual objects as many regards software and production operations to be, perhaps less so. People often tell me that they think I am in love with my car. When it was new, quite some time ago now, I would wash it frequently, … Read More

Change Management, Conformance, Paradigm, risk

16 May, 2013

Michael Ford 3D printing technology is really growing in popularity now. Having worked through the growth of sophistication in electronic product manufacturing, I can see how this technology is likely to develop. Today, most printers use a single nozzle with a nylon based plastic paste that is effectively dispensed like an SMT glue machine, except, that layers are built up over each other. It really is that simple. … Read More

risk, 3D Printing, 3D, Localisation, Materials Management, china, End Of Life

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