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Jon Freeman BS: Belief in Technology (50) RE: BS: Belief in Technology 26 Apr 21

It's a mess isn't it.

I don't believe a system should be considered infallible but did once get someone in serious trouble (possible sacking or final warning) over fiddling in my short time in a factory.

Just the count of an assembly going wrong there and I said the only way I could see what was happening was false figures. We set a trap where the count of one component (there were only two, a pin pressed into a housing to make a hinge) was verified before being issued and she was caught out. Silly woman, she couldn't have known who/what I was (and was only a junior in rank but with responsibilities for the day to day running of the MRP system and with a posh job title of "Systems coordinator" but should have seen someone strange counting objects indicated someone knew something was amiss was around.

The count of the cabinets (welded assemblies into which the innards of front loaders and tumble driers went, the cabs having been sent round overheads to the lines) also had a problem which for a few weeks meant me coming in on Sundays when there was no production to set count and set things straight. I'm not sure what happened there except to say the works manager visited me and asked if I thought a "policeman" could help to which I answered ~"yes". I've no idea what he did but the problem went away.

Where do I go from there... I guess things can go wrong either way, system or people. From what I've read on the Horizon affair, I think the action of the higher brass should be considered criminal.

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