Articles by Thomas Sloma-Williams

The Last Word: Government Motors?

July 31, 2009
I was in Detroit during the National Summit held June 15-17. I did not have the chance to attend that event, but read many of the presentations in their entirety afterward, as well as media reports of the event.
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The Last Word: Coat Check

May 27, 2009
“You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say, ‘Why not?’”-George Bernard Shaw

The words of this 20th century Irish playwright were part of a speech recently given by H. James Harrington, a 50-year veteran of the quality and manufacturing profession and the 2009 Quality Professional of the Year.
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The Last Word: ‘Aloha' to Real Change

April 29, 2009
It was reported by CNN during April, that on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, business owners and residents pulled together to complete a $4 million repair job to a state park-for free.
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The Last Word: Goodbye to Misery

March 2, 2009
We definitely are facing a recession. But, is it as bad as we have been led to believe? Evidence would suggest it’s not as bad as it has been in the past.
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The Last Word: Keep Your Speed

December 30, 2008
Implementing actions that allow one to continually improve products and processes, invest in new technology and roll out new products in the current economic climate is not a minor undertaking, nor something for the faint of heart.
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The Last Word: Be Not Afraid

November 24, 2008
It’s the “elephant in the room” that needs to be addressed. The economy, including manufacturing, is being hit hard as I write this column.
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The Last Word: Innovation from the Ordinary

October 24, 2008
The October 3, 2008, issue of The Kiplinger Report brought to my attention a new technology being used to power automobiles; it breaks all the conventional thinking with regards to quality, manufacturing and corporate culture, and it has definite political implications.
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The Last Word: Breaking the Rules

October 2, 2008
The scenario: a large U.S. manufacturer with a history of a well-measured approach to quality and production is directed by its board to increase profits and market share, and to do so quickly.
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The Last Word: Technology Dumbing Us Down

August 29, 2008
A short time ago, my wife and I bought a Dodge Xplorer 228. We decided that we wanted to spend vacation time travelling by road and the Class B motorhome was the way to do it. Class B motorhomes are, essentially, modified vans. While not as spacious as Class A or C motorhomes, they offer many advantages.
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The Last Word: IMTS Offers Solutions

July 31, 2008
From September 8 to 13, Quality Magazine’s staff will join nearly 100,000 manufacturing professionals from more than 119 countries at IMTS 2008, the largest manufacturing technology show in North America.
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