The cable industry has undergone significant changes over the past two decades thanks to a number of advances in technology. This is particular true when it comes to testing the links which has reduced the time to just a few seconds in order for it to be certified. However, there is still significant improvement that can be made in this area considering that installers have needed to re-test connections to ensure their viability. In large part the re-testing needed to be performed because the links were not tested to the proper limits.
The Cost of Re-Testing In Terms of Time & Effort
Although a few seconds is seemingly a very short time, when considered in the larger picture managing to reduce even that small amount significantly could save tens of thousands of hours over the course of just one month when considering the totality of all the testing that is performed. Of course, eliminating the testing process itself could make an even larger impact even though installers want to get things right the first time.
Finding more skilled labor and teaching better installation techniques would cut down on the time spent re-testing links. However, the nature of the cable industry would tend to preclude that from having a significant impact. This is because in many installations, cable personnel either spend time moving or waiting on construction personnel to finish. With the testers being moved around as well, even they cannot be set up properly in a single area like they were designed. With training and education costs rising along with work turnover rates being significantly high, a traditional approach to reduce the time seems like it is not possible under the circumstances.
The “Mistake-Proof” Approach
First developed by the Toyota Corporation in the production of their vehicles, the concept of “Poka-Yoke” or “mistake proofing” is one that has been adapted by many companies around the world. Basically, the approach is to make fewer mistakes the first time so that there is far less re-testing to be performed. A common example of the mistake-free approach could be found at your local ATM which formally used a system to pull the cards inside the machine until the transaction was complete and then return them to the user. It was discovered that many people simply left the card in the machine after the transaction was finished. So, the ATMs were redesigned so that the card was swiped and kept in the owner’s hand.
The same can be applied to cable installation where the changes are to the approach where it is performed as a specific sequence of events which lead the operator through the process so re-testing is not necessary. After each step in the process is completed and verified, the tester then proceeds to the next step until the project is complete. The use of color codes on the cables reduces the chance for error even further.
You can find out more about how to eliminate the waste of re-testing links to cable connections for your business by contacting Spectrum Networks today.