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becky bradshaw
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
03:53 PM on 11/08/2012
In 1984, Texas Instruments operated two identical factories, one in Dallas, one in Japan. The Japan factory significantly outperformed the Dallas factory, especially in the crucial metric, I.C. yield (good parts per batch).

Texas Instruments management asked 5 factory engineer-managers to temporarily take over the Dallas factory. In less than 6 months, the Dallas factory was exceeding the performance of the Japanese factory, and continued to outperform the Japanese factory, even after the 5 Japanese managers returned home.
GlenRastell
Niether the left nor right tells me wha to think
04:06 PM on 11/08/2012
The Japanese are not the Chinese despite the fact that you probably think they all look alike.
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becky bradshaw
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
04:12 PM on 11/08/2012
No, but the issues are similar. In the 1980's Japan, an Eastern Asian country was dominating manufacturing. An American company (TI) decided to adopt some of their practices. These practices are still used by TI and Intel and IBM.

Now, a different East Asia country is dominating manufacturing.
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YWC2008
When Money is your God, Poor people seem Evil
03:37 PM on 11/08/2012
The training seminar will begin with the following:

Step 1: How to correctly administer Corporal punishment to your workers.

Step 2: Suicide Nets 101.

Step 3: fighting unionization and other ways to pay employees less than $15 dollars A MONTH.

Step 4: Mandatory 16 hour days.
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MAJK
Economic Democracy > Capitalism
04:21 PM on 11/08/2012
Nice mini-bio. Your quote?
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wolf 123
Cheering daily for the asteroid
04:43 PM on 11/08/2012
Agreed, Foxxcon is successful because of quasi slavery, not brilliant management techniques.

Props on your mini-bio!
03:34 PM on 11/08/2012
I hate to say it, but a lot of these manufacturing jobs arent coming back. Some may bounce around in the coming decades to whatever country has the lowest paid workers, but most arent coming back to the US. A factory in china can buy materials from the factory just down the street, they can get packaging from the factory next door. They can implement assemblies made in the factory a block over. They can buy robotics for manufacturing their product from the robotics factory across town. Manufacturing in the US by comparison will include having the materials being shipped from 4 states over, the packaging shipped in from across the country, assemblies shipped in from over-seas, etc, etc.... It would take an incredible act to reverse that when you realize the amount of manufacturing capabilities china has built. On top of that, to everyone who thinks they can use technology to enhance a single persons productivity such as the co-robots comment below) in the realm of manufacturing, i would like to know how. Besides the use of robotics, which dont enhance human productivity, they replace human productivity.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
03:30 PM on 11/08/2012
People keep talking about jobs this and jobs that... You guys do realize that at some point in this worlds future, and not that far into it to be honest, nearly all non-skilled labor will be automated.  Unemployment will NEVER be back where it was even 10 years ago and with the world's population growing exponentially, there will always be way more people on this planet than jobs available.
03:28 PM on 11/08/2012
"But Gou says he hopes the Americans can learn how factories are operated ..."

Shares of manufacturers of heavy-duty outdoor safety netting are a "buy".
03:25 PM on 11/08/2012
"But Gou says he hopes the Americans can learn how factories are operated so they can return home to set up facilities with automated equipment to resolve the lack of skilled laborers."

.....willing to work for $10/day.
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juleone
03:25 PM on 11/08/2012
pretty bad when china has to train AMERICANS. USE TO BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND
03:04 PM on 11/08/2012
During these recessionary time, Americans have learned how to be more efficient and have embraced automation. If the economy ever improves, theres no guarantee that companies will hire back to pre recessionary times. The new efficiencey has translated into profits for many companies and many will not be hiring for charity reasons.
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RationalCaliGirl
Vasectomies prevent abortions...
03:03 PM on 11/08/2012
The US was manufacturing while you guys were still bowing to an emperor and unaware that that was a world beyond China..
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Anonymous Conservative
Cynical atheist.
03:57 PM on 11/08/2012
Vasectomies may prevent abortions, but since you're a girl, you don't get an opinion in the matter.
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RationalCaliGirl
Vasectomies prevent abortions...
04:19 PM on 11/08/2012
Remember that when it refers to birth control and abortion, Bagger.
GlenRastell
Niether the left nor right tells me wha to think
04:07 PM on 11/08/2012
They're still bowing. Only now it's to a commitee
03:02 PM on 11/08/2012
Manufacturing requires dexterity and hard work. Do we have enough of that here in the US?
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Tony Dakota
No easy solutions
03:01 PM on 11/08/2012
[Insert every obscenity possible here]

You guys are ancient history. We will kick your suicide net, anti union buts back to Mongolia. Watch out as American Manufacturing comes back with a vengeance due to advanced automation and a smart labor force.

Your labor force is made up of under educated women living in virtual slavery send their money back to their farm villages.

I have been to factories in china and know how you abuse your workers.

Thanks but no thanks.

[insert every obscenity in chinese here]
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NYCastoria
The more I learn, the less I no.
02:47 PM on 11/08/2012
As automation and robot manufacturing numbers continue to grow, what are the 2+ Billion unemployed/underemployed supposed to do in this world? Who's going to have any money to buy all these expensive gadgets?
Do we all go back to being poor farmers?
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Tony Dakota
No easy solutions
03:03 PM on 11/08/2012
What obama is pushing are Co-Robots, or robots that amplify the capabilities of workers and make them more productive. Humans can do things that robots cannot and vice-versa.

This is an interesting paradigm and he is investing (not enough) money along this pathway.

But it will be the corporations that will really make this idea take off. They have all the money.
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J0E1
Don't blame me, I'm not a republicrat.
03:22 PM on 11/08/2012
Obama can push whatever he wants but when it comes down to it, automation will completely take over for non-skilled labor and this planet is going to be a mess.
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Levonsky
a fan of enlightened self interest
02:33 PM on 11/08/2012
last i heard, there were 5000 worker strikes in china in a year.
that's about thirteen per day.
yea, maybe we do need some of that.
03:01 PM on 11/08/2012
You heard wrong.
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Levonsky
a fan of enlightened self interest
03:12 PM on 11/08/2012
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16161764

Dec 14, 2011 – Protests in China, particularly among migrant workers, are on the rise with an estimated 30000 protests in the past year - but what is the ...

you've been served
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moonlightesq
02:32 PM on 11/08/2012
The reality is many of the traditional hands-on manufacturing style is absolete, and blaming China, Vietnam and other countries cheap labor will not bring those jobs back. Automation is the future. If we can open our minds to new manufacturing methods, we just might be able to compete in the global market.

There is no need to be hostile and belittle Foxconn's offer to allow Ameicans to tour its facilities - we just might learn something - as Guo can only hope. Then, we may not, and it is okay.

In the past decade, I have toured many manufacturing facilities in China - some are good and others not so much, but I have never toured a Foxconn facility. We should welcome the opportunity to tour Foxconn before passing negative judgment on it.
03:13 PM on 11/08/2012
Every factory i have been to in China was completely disgusting, but they were shipping goods to America hot and heavy. barack should do something about that, but he probably wont.
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moonlightesq
03:22 PM on 11/08/2012
Which factories you have visited that produces electronics, which have been disgusting? 
 
If you visit places like leather tannery or food processing plants, I would agree that their sanitary regulation are not as strict as ours.  But, I have visted several of the largest factories located within industrial parks (bio-chem, elctronics and machinery), and those factories are quite exemplary even by our standards.
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JB-IN
Eventually we will all be brown people.
03:43 PM on 11/08/2012
So you are blaming Obama for factory conditions in CHINA??

Keep up the projecting tea-bagger. We'll see you in 20-never.
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KeepNIt2Real
Heeeeeey, yuh talkin tuh me buddy?!?!?!