The case of the lost ‘s’

By KC Boxbottom in Coding on February 25, 2015

Vee _topped by the office by the office for a vi_it and we were chatting about thi_ and that. A_ we began a _econd cup of joe, _he related what had happened the week before.

"I lo_t my _, KC."

"You are old enough to know that you have to keep out of ca_ino_," I laughed. "That will always_ happen if you _tay long enough."

"No, it happened at work. I couldn't find my _ and we had to _top production. The next production code wa_ _uppo_ed to be 27_0319 but when we fini_hed the changeover, we found all the __ u_ed for the coder were mi__ing.  We couldn't run that lot, we had no other lot available to run and production wa_ halted with the whole crew idle.

"It wa_ not good at all," _he concluded mournfully.

"Nope, not even a little bit," I told her. "Fiddle_tick_ on lo_t type. You really _hould get a more modern, programmable coding _y_tem. If you continue u_ing individual _teel type for coding, you need to make _ure that you have at lea_t two to three _et_ to keep thi_ from happening again. _et_ mu_t be bought and kept together. Even _light difference_ in type can lead to bad code."

Reading a KC Boxbottom adventure without any __ i_ merely inconvenient. A_ Vee found out, running production without an _ i_ impo__ible. 

It'_ like being in a phone booth with 23 cent_. You can't call anyone.


KC Boxbottom, packaging detective, is on the case to solve tough packaging puzzles. He is the alter-ego of John Henry, CPP. Known as the Changeover Wizard, Henry is the owner of, a consulting firm that helps companies find and fix the causes of inefficiencies in their packaging operations. He produces a free monthly newsletter called Lean Changeover, which contains articles and tips on changeover and related issues. Reach him at [email protected].

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