domingo, 5 de octubre de 2014

Busiest container shipping sea ports


Following the last post, here is a quick snapshot of the world´s busiest container shipping seaports. No need to say that Southern Asia is now the giant behind the exportation of most of the products we consum everyday around the globe.

There are no other countries that can rival with the Asian potential when it comes to producing and moving goods, and the below image is the prove.




sábado, 13 de septiembre de 2014

China´s unstoppable growth


At this point it shouldn´t surprise us China´s hegemony when it comes to building the most astonishing infrastructures. No country has done more in the last ten years to improve theit communication lines than the Chinese, from airports to train lines and motorways, China is now a days a giant looking to control the global trade.

The lastes, from now, megastructure was built in the Yangshan islands, about 30km away from Shangai, it cost 12 billion dolars and more then 10.000 workers to complete the job.

Whether is the car you drive, the computer at your desk or your mobile phone, there is a very good chance that they have come from here....
 
We are talking about the Yangshan port, a monster the size of 470 footbal pitches capable to move 32 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit an inexact unit of cargo capacity used to describe the capacity of container ships) during the year.


 Goliath of global trade: The container pier at Yangshan Port, which forms part of the Port of Shanghai which last year handled nearly 740million tonnes of goods last year


In this post I will kill two birds with one stone, the topic is obiously transport and therefore logistics related, and the mouth dropping video below showing the different phases during the construction of the port shows the operational side of an engeeniering work like this.




I amazes me what the engeeniers can do! No wonder now why China is the world power of the 21dt century

miércoles, 30 de julio de 2014

The Dabbawalas



This post will be devoted to explore one of the many sets of tools for process improvement, six sigma. 

But don’t worry about a tedious post with lots of theory and boring stuff. Just a very quick overview to have some context before travelling to India to discover one of the very few businesses that have been able to comply with the six sigma principles!

Introduced by Motorola in 1986, today, it is used in many industrial sectors. Six sigma seek to improve quality by identifying and removing causes of defects or errors and minimizing variability in manufacturing processes

A Six sigma process is one in which 99, 99966% of the products manufactured are free of defects, that is an error rate of 3.4 per million units manufactured, quite an ambitious challenge!

Now we know what six sigma is, allow me to take you to India, where there is a business that has achieved 99.9966% of effectiveness, but before that, I want you to stop thinking about bleeding edge technology, Harvard master minds or bright recently created companies, because most of the people that have achieved what today is the goal of the most cutting edge companies can barely read and most of them probably never have had a computer anywhere around their working facilities.

If you think this is not possible, let me introduce you to the Dabbawalas. A Dabbawala is a person in India, generally in Mumbai, who collects hot food in lunch boxes from the residences of workers in the late morning, delivers the lunches to the workplace utilizing various modes of transport, predominantly bicycles and the railway trains, and returns the empty boxes back to the customer's residence that afternoon.