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More than 750 million people around the world will be watching Super Bowl XL on Sunday. But unless you're a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers or Seattle Seahawks, what's the impetus for watching the football game?
If you work in a manufacturing plant or a processing facility, here's an idea: Use the game - and all of the pre- and post-game hype surrounding it - to make some parallels between a championship football team and a championship-caliber plant team.
Really. You have more in common with Bill Cowher, Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones and Paul Allen than meets the eye.
Consider what makes a good pro football team and a good football game plan. It's everyone, from the team owner to the head coach to the star tailback to the left tackle, knowing his role and executing it in the team concept. When the X's outperform the O's, the end result is victory.
The same goes in the plant environment. Consider this:
Senior corporate management at a manufacturing company is very much like an NFL team owner (
Senior plant management is akin to the NFL head coach (
The maintenance planner/scheduler is similar to an offensive coordinator (the Steelers' Ken Whisenhunt or the Seahawks' Gil Haskell). This is the person that maps out the game plan (or work plan). Because this person has done his or her homework, the plan is well-thought-out, efficient and complete. And because of that, the team performs proactively, not reactively.
The reliability engineer is similar to the team trainer (
The machine operator is on the same level as the NFL quarterback (
Finally, the technicians and skilled tradesmen (craftsmen, lubrication techs and predictive maintenance specialists) are the plant's offensive linemen (like Seahawks All-Pro Walter Jones or Steelers hog Jeff Hartings). Through their brawn and brains, they give the quarterback (or operator) the needed time to allow the game plan to work. If the line breaks down, the line literally breaks down.
When everyone from the C-level to the plant-floor-level knows their assignments, executes on those assignments and performs with enthusiasm and precision, the end result is victory. The end result is a reliability plant.