A very short acquaintance with any navy yard will convince an observant man that there are many unchecked wastes in operation, that little if any of the work is done at minimum cost, and that the field for earnest, effective duty is as extensive as the area of the navy yard. As most navy yard duty is performed earnestly it follows, since it is generally admitted there are large wastes in these yards, that is must, for some reason or other, lack effectiveness.
It is my opinion that minimum costs can be approximated to in a navy yard. The objects of this article are:
To suggest a method for securing approximations to minimum costs.
To indicate how a minimum cost when secured may be recognized.
To describe the probable results of the systematic and general introduction of the suggested method.
In this attempt to indicate certain fundamentals of correct manufacturing methods I shall, I think, show that our present methods are incomplete since they do not generally employ these fundamentals.