Anyone been following this article/thread on Oly?

Started Feb 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
Rriley
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herebefore wrote:

With their handling of the m4/3 and 4/3 they have probably managed to alienate most of the people, except maybe the most adherent faithful fanboys.

Hey Markus..

No need to be offensive ...

They have even managed to Pi** off some of the adherent faithful fanboys. Like me...

Not up-dating the E-### system before the M4/3 system was ready (and it still isnt even close) to replace those cameras was a massive insult to all those who have bought and used the system.

Here is a BIG hint for Olympus... I didn't buy the E-300/500/330/510/520/620 because they were cheap, I bought them because I liked them, and they worked well for what they are/were.

They should never have sold the E-### system for less than it took to turn a profit.. If they hadn't made that mistake, they would be profitable.

nobody intends too, but it just isnt that simple. Lets say want to do a run of Xxx, marketing figure you need 80,000 bodies. You want to commit 50,000 to inventory and ship 30,000 straight away. The word is out about the model coming and forward orders are placed.

Through the miracle of nepotism your status is upgraded from armchair accountant to plant manager, you are responsible for the plant throughput, the immediate inventory, component procurement. Your shop is run on JIT (just in time) and your suppliers are under contractual arrangements to supply on time.

The other line managers hate your guts b/se they figure youre job was theirs, after all theyve been there 2 months longer than you and have big plans for their future careers. When it comes down to line change time, the event where the line is configured for this new model, operations decide its time to replace that #3 injection molder which makes critical body parts.

The job is organised for a day but now looks like taking 3. Your boss is livid b/se its all your fault, workers are organised to do some off-skill training, parts of the plant are adjusted according to the wishes of team leaders who have made some decisions on throughput improvements that will score you an additional 5% uptime. Youre 70 page report to the bosses identifies a glorious future for the plant under youre command.

Plant is installed and production has ceased for the changeover, youre crews take to it with enthusiasm and are ready ontime, but procurement reports that some components wont be available for another day due to transport delays. You decide you cant wait and instigate an immediate measure to get the parts in on time, its costly but you need to get online. The transport arrives as the line commences, everything is running like a Seiko watch and nice shiny new boxes of cameras are coming off the other end of the line.

The parts you sought transport for are batteries, and they are sourced from your third string supplier on mainland Japan. Unfortunately the yen parity has collapsed and the batteries are now 20% more expensive. also the war in Taken has escalated, and the markets are worried about the supply of oil, its winter and oil supplies are critical for all economies north of the equator. Oil prices go through the roof and fuel commodities you need for shipping rise commensurately, as do costs.

Youre short sea containers are trucked out to the docks and are awaiting sea transport to 5 major continents, where the efficiency of the port sees them loaded speedily and soon they are on their way. But one bit of bad news, the war at Taken has expanded and sea transport is diverted to avoid significant risks, your Europe bound sea transport is going the long way around Africa as a contingency, it will be 2 weeks late.

By now the first batches are reaching customers in SE Asia, but there is a problem that quickly surfaces. Some dummy on line 5 has been fitting parts of the OVF in the wrong way around, and QC (who speak a different language) didnt pick up that the digital readout is actually backwards. The bodies are identified by part number and the shipment is sourced from the shipping lists, its the shipment that is Europe bound.

to be continued....

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