#Immediacy on speech making

The pressures of dealing with customers, the excitement of the impending stand ...

The pressures of dealing with customers, the excitement of the impending stand at the trade exhibition, and the tensions of negotiations with suppliers must not be allowed to detract from attention to the nuts and bolts of the business. Among the more important equipment considerations are: Repairs: Any repairs to equipment should be kept in detail showing time, duration and nature of the breakdown and the cost of the repairs. This is essential as evidence to be presented against manufacturers' guarantees and in extreme cases, to claim against them for contraventions of the Sale of Goods Act or other manufacturer liabilities.

A good record cane make all the difference between adequate compensation including a free replacement machine in extreme cases and merely losing time and money. Records should also be scrutinized regularly to- see how often breakdowns occur and for what reason. Trouble may be caused by an inadequately trained or careless operator, or by sub-standard raw materials, lubricating fluids and the like. Such causes need to be spotted as soon as possible and attention to the records is the way to do it.

Servicing schedules Proper servicing and maintenance is essential to make possible continuous and economical production.

Failure to carry out proper servicing can not only result in lost production time but also make any claims against the equipment manufacturers difficult or impossible to prosecute.

The emphasis should be on preventative servicing, resisting every temptation to delay servicing in order to complete some urgently needed production. There is almost always some urgently needed production in a. engaged company and the situation can be prolonged until a breakdown occurs often at the worst possible time. Inspection, servicing and overhaul must be built into the production plan from the outset and not relegated to an 'as and when' activity.

Machine utilization If machine A makes things for use in machines B and C, then the output of A must balance with the outputs of B and C. It is not always easy to achieve this situation and either: i.

Machines B and C =are starved of parts, or - ii. B ...

Machines B and C =are starved of parts, or - ii. B and C cannot keep up with A and A stands idle for some o... read more

As someone once said, 'Distribution is all about putting the product or ...

As someone once said, 'Distribution is all about putting the product or service where the customer wants it.' It is for this reason that building societies vie wit... read more

The result, apart from higher cost, was only a very limited improvement ...

The result, apart from higher cost, was only a very limited improvement in service since the total elapsed time from the moment that the customer mailed his order to producing and deli