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    Optical Measurements (Profiler), Trust & Traceability

    Would something like a Novacam make more sense relating to your question? They make laser based measuring systems specifically designed to drop into deep bores and take "accurate" measurements (don't recall the accuracy rating). Their videos on youtube show a variety of scanning scenarios from...
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    Vetting potential employees

    I worked at a place made automotive parts (aluminum), both the die cast and machining. Predominantly unskilled labor. People were trained as Operators, and while a very few were a cut above, most were people just needing to make a buck, no skills, often times just plain butts to have to deal...
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    Vetting potential employees

    I don't really understand this. If you are at a job interview it is presumed you need a job. Given that, the potential employer is of great value to you, so answering a few "annoying" questions is so small in comparison it's a non-issue. Where I'm at the Inspector's Test, as example, states...
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    Vetting potential employees

    IMO you don't always get a "good indication right away". That's the point. We've had several people start work here over the years, and every one of them got hired because, by word of mouth only, they "gave a good indication right away." Then they start work and can't demonstrate a solid...
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    Vetting potential employees

    In the shop I'm in, personal tools are allowed, so long as they are in good condition and suitable for the task. The company has invested in the vast majority of measuring tools mind you, but there is a smattering of hand mics, calipers, bore gages, dial indicators owned by machinists, in use...
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    Vetting potential employees

    We had a new hire (machinist) recently apply for the job. Came in for the interview and walk-around. We set a starting date on a Tuesday, but arranged for him to stop by on Monday so we could get the Orientation Training out of the way. Then, he could just show up the next day Tuesday, clock...
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    Vetting potential employees

    Have a Job Description that includes required skill sets. Go fishing with that Job Description as you would normally, looking to get a bite on that hook. Have a written test prepared and have them complete that BEFORE any talky-talk. Keep the test reasonable/logical, consistent with the job...
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    What is your Quoting Method, and who uses an "automated" Quoting tool like Digifabster?

    I'll try and keep this sharp and to the point with a few questions: What is your Quoting Method currently? Cliff notes version that just outlines who does it, how many people are involved. Is there quoting software involved or a quoting module in an ERP, or is it all human labor? If software...
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    First 5 Axis, Opinions

    For whatever it's worth, here's my feedback based on your environment vs ours and how that relates to 5-axis Mills: Your environment is usually not less than +/- .003 tolerance. This is going to give you some freedom in being happy with machine results. Our environment is in the +/- .0005 to...
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    How to start a business? Machine first or connection first?

    At the risk of sounding philosophical and all, I'll put out one opinion: If you are thinking about starting your OWN business, you are contemplating stepping into one of the trickiest disciplines out there for making a living: Being an Entrepreneur. I would argue (carefully) that comes before...
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    Looking for a decent quality borescope for repair work

    Thanks for the reply. Based on your requirements I don't think the type we have here is a fit (I guess). We have a bore scope that has a stiff "wand" as the probe. Different probes, swappable, namely one with the view straight out the end, and one with a mirror to get the 90-deg sideways...
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    Reasons for working overtime

    By Law, companies are required to pay employees 1.5 times their regular wage for hours worked over 40 (non-exempt employees). It's not a bonus. Someone is playing monkey-business with terms and/or being lazy. One could see Overtime as a sign something is wrong as much as it might be just part...
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    Looking for a decent quality borescope for repair work

    What is the specific application? There are bore scopes, and then there are bore scopes. Different formats, etc.
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    Service tech overcharging us. Legality?

    Other replies in this thread are spot on. Generally speaking from a protocol/process perspective, my opinion is (for whatever it is worth): Always, always, operate from a clearly identified "work order", including identification of approvals needed or not. Ya'll have mentioned this factor...
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    Are people scared of Advanced manufacturing technology? Practical Machinist asked the question. Let’s discuss.

    People are, sometimes justifiably so, afraid to step away from what they know and is proven into the unknown and (at least to them) unproven. For very good reasons, namely they've got work to get done and they know how to do it using the methods and tools that have been proven and they are...
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    Forum format change in regards to how Likes are displayed?

    Probably late to the party, just looking to confirm: We no longer see who's liked a post? Just a curiosity/confirm question, as I've been noticing the change. Best Regards.
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    Translating the accuracy rating of an electronic measurement device

    Ok. I appreciate the response.
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    Translating the accuracy rating of an electronic measurement device

    Many times I see a straight forward +/- in inches or metric. E.g. Accuracy stated as .000080 However, sometimes OEM's have a formula for their Accuracy rating, and I'm just not sure how to translate that to something like the above. For instance: ±(32+20L)µin (±0.8+0.02L)µm I believe "L" is...
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    Optical Comparator 14" v/s 30"

    From my experience where I work, and three Opt Comp's on the floor: 1- CCP CC-14 "green screen), 2 - old Deltronic (don't remember the model), 3 - old Deltronic (don't remember the model. Both the Deltronics are white light and black lines on the viewing plate. The CCP is Green light on black...
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    Sawmill accident

    I have a sawmill story out of North Carolina. I used to be in IT, Police and Fire Records and Dispatch / 911 systems. I was deployed as the N.C. Tech Specialist for three Counties. One of those counties as a little smaller, but did have a Detectives Bureau. The event was real, told to me...