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Running the Robot to Ruin

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Cadman-LT
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Cadman-LT   7/16/2013 10:45:30 AM
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Glenn, I used to be a machinist and most of the parts I made were welding tips and adaptors for robotic welding arms. One day I came in and my so-smart supervisor had cranked up the cycle time on the parts. I was all for reducing cycle time when appropiate, but his parts were junk in comparison to what we were making. I stopped that right away. I can't imagine what our buyers would have thought if we just went from sending them perfect parts to half-assed junk parts. I don't know what he was thinking. It's one thing to save time, but at what cost. They bought from us for a reason, and it sure wasn't because we made junk like he was making. The parts were tapered adapters. Our tapers were smooth and glossy...perfect. The ones he was making were so jagged they looked like the type of connection that you'd plug an air line into to hold it in place. All stepped. I think they MAY have noticed the difference! We always strived to make parts faster and faster(us machinists), but we never waivered on quality to do it.

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Re: Haste makes waste
taimoortariq   7/16/2013 11:39:33 AM
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Thanks Glenn for sharing such an informative article. It is a clear illustration of the fact that in industry speed of operation is not only important but the program should be accurate as well. So the speed of the operations have to be compromised otherwise they might lead to the production of defected parts or may also lead to breaking of the machine and its tools as mentioned in the article.

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