Date: 27 Aug 99 03:07:41 From: email@example.com (Paul Saccani) Organization: Omen Internet in Perth, Western Australia References: 1
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On 16 Aug 99 22:28:16 , Pete Mellor <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >This discussion reminds me of the story about Henry Ford sending two >reesarchers around all the scrap-yards in America to report back on >which part had failed and so caused the vehicle to be scrapped. When >they produced their report, Ford asked if there was any part which they >had found to be still intact on all of the scrapped vehicles. "Yes." >they said. "The transmission spline interconnection key." (or some >such obscure part). "Right!" said Ford. "We gotta find a cheaper way to >make that damn key!" > >(An apocryphal story, I'm sure, but the philosophy it expresses has some >logic behind it.) Not apocryphal at all. The component was the crankshaft & bearings. Ford ordered a redesign for cost reduction, if practical.