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Saving Millions Through Cost Reduction

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William K.
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Re: COST REDUCTION
William K.   2/24/2014 5:51:05 PM
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D.H. For many instances the main cost of components is not so much the raw materials as it is the processing and handling. If the material is stockplied against rising costs, that cost will have to be compared to the cost of the investment in stock, storage and logistics costs, and the possibility that the product may change and that raw material would not be needed any more. Sometimes purchasing well in advance is a brilliant move, other times not. Consider the thinking behind the Japanese "just in time" philosophy. It works well if and only if all of the materials arrive exactly on schedule. In a perfect world that would be fine, under any other conditions it is asking for production halts due to lack of materials.

claes
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Re: EDM texturing image: I wonder if?
claes   2/24/2014 3:04:31 AM
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Maybe just glass beed peening will do the trick or roughen the surface enough?

Debera Harward
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Re: COST REDUCTION
Debera Harward   2/5/2014 4:43:30 AM
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Bobjengr, I guess we can control the cost by saving/storing the raw material in advance as well. Because in every season most probably the cost of the raw material increaes so if we store that raw material in advance we can some how reduce some extra cost .

William K.
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Re: EDM texturing image: I wonder if?
William K.   2/4/2014 6:50:43 PM
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I wonder if the EDM textured surface was the tape drive capstan on a tape plyer. I got a used one that has the capstan drive surface worn smooth enough so that tapes sometimes slip. Repair parts are not available, and now that I can guess that the part may have been EDMed I can investigate sources of having that done. I investigated Knurling but the finest knurl I could find is way to course. In the meanwhile, some tapes slip occasionally.

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COST REDUCTION
bobjengr   1/11/2014 5:53:50 PM
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Excellent Post David.  I had a very similar experience.  While an engineer for GE, I was in charge of the Productivity effort.  (Fancy word for cost reduction.)  Altered safety and reliability were off the table as far as subsystem redesign.  The product had to compare favorably with existing versions and safety had to be proven by testing, both bench and field, prior to product launch.  With GE, the projects were targeted above $50K and no effort was initiated if the savings did not exhibit that target.    (I thought this was really dumb but that was the game.)  It always amazed me as to how much money could be saved by just staying in touch with vendors supplying component parts.  Advances in component technology happed fast enough to allow consolidation of subassemblies  thereby reducing part number count.  This could mean "big bucks" when considering all of the ramifications.

dboccuti
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Re: EDM texturing image
dboccuti   1/10/2014 6:52:24 AM
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You can see the texture, but not the detail, in this image.

http://silverbased.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/flipswitch.jpg

a.saji
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Re: ah the good old days
a.saji   1/10/2014 5:05:12 AM
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@Debera: Well I'm not sure whether that strategy is correct since when the going gets tough you do need to adjust accordingly.  

Debera Harward
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Re: ah the good old days
Debera Harward   1/10/2014 3:30:33 AM
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Once i came across this as well i am not sure whether it is absolutely correct or not that these brands because they are very expensive so their market is less as well they just make limited products to cater their market now in order to utilize their machinery because it has the capacity of more production they use a little less quality of raw material and sell it in the market in the name of first copy and so on . I guess this is called market skimming

Debera Harward
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Re: ah the good old days
Debera Harward   1/10/2014 3:25:01 AM
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This is actually happening throughout the world these days . Competition has increased so much that organisations are forced to reduce the prices and for that either they have to compromise on quality or get less income. In doing any buiness one has to compromise in at least one of the factors . There are certain organisations that make expensive products and sell them at high price they have niche and they have a specific target market they earn from that market only by selling minimum products at high price.

However on the other hand there are manufacturers that sell products at low price and they earn profit or revenue by selling products in large quantity .

TJ McDermott
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EDM texturing image
TJ McDermott   1/10/2014 1:03:40 AM
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Do you have (or can point us to) an image of the EDM texture?

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