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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Plant Engineering: “Throughput is Mindset Based on Passion and Process”

Gary Winslow, Manager, Paint Group
Gary Winslow, Manager, Paint Group

An article written by Gary Winslow, Manager of Ghafari’s Paint Group, appeared in Plant Engineering. In the article, titled “Throughput is Mindset Based on Passion and Process”, he discusses throughput issues in manufacturing related to the quality of the painted finish of the product and how these can be mitigated, particularly during the planning stages before a new paint finishing system is launched. 

“Painting is a very complex process,” he writes. “Are the materials of the right quality? Leaders have to be open to change and recommendations. When leaders set aside preconceived notions – even longstanding assumptions – at the start of a project, new opportunities to achieve the next level take center stage.”

When leaders set aside preconceived notions – even longstanding assumptions – at the start of a project, new opportunities to achieve the next level take center stage.

Gary Winslow
Manager of Ghafari's Paint Group

“It is much easier to get the quality right and then improve speed than to launch too quickly and improve quality later,” he continues. “If quality is at a 2016 level and the customers change during that time, that quality metric changes and the project charter should change to build best in class quality. Best in class is a snapshot of a point in time. Sometimes the client’s competitor may launch a new system prior to your launch that is better than the expected quality of your product. Your client does not want to be shown launching a new system at a lower quality than their competitor, so you have to find ways to get better results.”

Read the full article here.