In today’s SPUG Operations Review, NPC President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita imparted inspirational anecdotes among the plant managers of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The lady chief related the story of an empty soap box that happened in a huge cosmetic company in Japan. 

“The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soapbox that was empty. Immediately the authorities found the root of the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soapbox went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. The engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soapboxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent an enormous amount to do so.

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soapbox passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.”

President Gladys said that the same can be applied in SPUG operations saying ‘we don’t need a complicated solution sometimes’ and urged them to remain clever and resourceful. She likewise updated the plant managers on the current developments of some concerns in the corporation. 

The NPC chief also recognized the top performing power plants.