Jan 13 2011

The Myth of Supplier Management

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Large companies, like the Big Three, have finally found out they are not the 800 pound gorilla in the room.  Because of JIT, they have found themselves hostage to their weakest supplier.  One little $20.00/1000 widget that doesn’t get shipped because Crash and Bang Molding is in financial trouble and a company the size of General Motors could miss several million dollars in shipments.  So, we hear the silliness of Supplier Management. Continue Reading »

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Dec 23 2009

Quoting a high quality mold

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All too often people quote “Please quote the design and build a class A mold, capable of producing x, xxx, xxx, xxx parts per the attached design with a CpK of 1.33” What have you really asked for? Did they even ask the right question? Or, is it like your 8 year old daughter answering your question with “Because”, thinking it’s a complete answer. Continue Reading »

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Nov 01 2009

HOW STRONG IS STRONG

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Recently I got into a discussion on assembly techniques:  The project was an item requiring a hermetic seal; basically wanting to keep dry.  It was that little computer that lives behind the billboard that tells you how much money you won’t win in the lottery. What is the best (read cheapest least capital intensive) method? Continue Reading »

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Nov 01 2009

CLAMP PRESSURES

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I was talking with Bubba (25 year veteran of Molding and he Knew — IT —  All, Thank You!):  “It’s a 500 ton machine” I said, “Why is the clamp pressure 450 tons?”  After expertly hucking a wad of chew into a coffee can on the floor he said: “’Cuz the damn thing won’ give me no 500 tons.”  End of a non-conversation.  Not that either of us are right or wrong; but why is set there? Continue Reading »

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