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In many electrical contracting firms, the project manager gives a job overview to the crew and says, “Be there at six tomorrow morning.” They have a good idea of what tools, supplies, and equipment will be needed, so one of them packs up a gangbox accordingly. They don’t have to worry about the raceway, wire, etc., because all of that Bill of Materials stuff will be delivered.
On the surface, this seems like an adequate approach. That crew’s done a dozen jobs like this before. How can anything go wrong?
It’s custom work each time, that’s how. Sometimes so much stuff goes into that gangbox, it’s hard to find anything. Avoiding needless trips to get those missing supplies is good, but why create needless rummaging?
Other times, essential items don’t get packed. Test equipment leads get tangled up with each other; they were tossed in, rather than being placed in test lead pouches. Connectors of various sizes are spilled all over, and where the heck is that hole saw?
If you were to visit each electrician at home, you would find striking differences in organization. Look in the garage, for example. One electrician has all of his wrenches arranged by size in wrench trays, another has his wrenches tossed helter skelter amongst several drawers. This big difference in organization makes a big difference in work efficiency.
Leaving it up to “the crew” or even just one person to organize the gangbox is a roll of the dice for job efficiency. Usually, it’s a losing roll.
The solution is to, with input from the workers, develop a standard layout for the gangbox (or service truck). This is what many firms do to gain a competitive edge.
Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection