Deciding to purchase a new machine can be a complex task. There are many decision makers and influencers involved to help evaluate current production needs and future business growth. The most successful companies know the importance of having the best possible machine tool partner in order to make their project flourish.
I’ve learned a lot in a short time about being a leader. The list of positives and successes far outweigh the challenges and failures, yet much like everything in life there are ebbs and flows, good times and bad, peaks and valleys. Being a leader offers up rewarding experiences like:
The average human hair measures between .003” and .006”. Now picture a 50” OD with a +/-.001 tolerance. Impressive, correct? Now consider that a 5 degree temperature difference between the part and the piece of inspection equipment used to measure it would throw off the reading by about .0015.
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Investing in Quality: Calibrated Gages
A master woodworker does not use a beat up yardstick while crafting a beautiful table. A world class clothier doesn’t eye ball your body before crafting an exquisite suit. A 4-star chef will use precise tools to measure ingredients to repeat a spectacular recipe. Why would you trust your precision metal work to a shop who didn’t invest in properly calibrated gages and a staff trained to use them correctly?
I think it’s important to get two things straight before we hop into the topic of leadership, and leading. First, I do not claim to be a great leader, I don’t even claim to be a really good leader. I’m a better leader than I was when I took a leadership role 20 months ago, and I try to get better every single day. Second, my fiancé is smarter than me… by a lot.
We’ve all done it. You check a bore, an OD, or any feature, make your adjustment, push start and experience that sinking sensation in your gut as you go to check the result. It’s bad. It’s out of tolerance. If you’re lucky, you just have to adjust and cut it again. If you’re really unlucky, you crash the machine and the rest of your day is spent trying to recover.
In today’s competitive market, offering your customers value-added solutions allows them to reduce costs and increase capacity. Providing more complete parts in less steps creates a streamlined manufacturing process.
When you’re searching for a contract machining partner to supply the critical parts you need, how can you best determine the supplier(s) that will be able to meet your quality requirements? What questions should you be asking to separate the best from the rest?