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    Shop hourly rate for large horizontal boring mills?

    Remind me to never buy a HBM. If customers are complaining about this, you're either cutting super slow or something is seriously wrong with the economics of your industry.
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    Gen Z in the workplace Article

    This is a nice sentiment, but the zero sum nature of the housing shortage means that there have to be winners and losers. If everyone follows your advice and works their hardest and achieves their full potential, the same number of people will still lose. In a famine, someone has to starve. If...
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    Gen Z in the workplace Article

    Inflation is a monetary phenomenon where money buys less stuff as more of it is in circulation. Not every price increase fits into that definition. For example, an avian flu killed all of the chickens so egg prices skyrocketed. Egg prices didn't go up because of money printing or government...
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    Gen Z in the workplace Article

    Being against economic development is nothing to be proud of. NIMBYism is a philosophy of nihilism and avarice taken to the extreme. It worships death as an alternative to economic advancement. NIMBYs wish for the world to end with them and for the world around them to be their unchanging tomb...
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    How warped are your parallels?

    I have a few sets of cheap 1/8" thick chinese import parallels and they all measure within .0002" of nominal height. Thickness is also uniform within each individual piece, however they are all warped by at least .020". This creates a problem where chips get in between the parallel and the vise...
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    What is the hot ticket in shrink machines right now?

    If you think shrink fit machines are expensive, you should see what they sell process induction heater controllers for. 20k+ for a coil with a controller.
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    Haas Super Mini Mill VS DEM 4000

    I'm curious how you worked these options into your post. How would you round all of the corners in the post for example? Is there some control setting or code that does this automatically?
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    Has anyone tried the Tormach AF50 automatic bandsaw?

    Thank you for the review. This is what I was looking for.
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    Has anyone tried the Tormach AF50 automatic bandsaw?

    I am looking to get a compact automatic bandsaw and saw the AF50 from Tormach. Has anyone bought this thing? Does it work as advertised? Are there any unexpected problems? I would buy a better brand, but size is my limiting factor. Tormach seems to be the only game in town for a compact...
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    Finding work, what am I missing? Full disclosure

    To be brutally honest, if I were looking for a shop to send work to I would not pick a shop run by a retiree looking for only 10 hours a week of work. In my experience, machine shops require total commitment. You could advertise for automotive style work where you deck off engine blocks and...
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    Automated Aerospace Shop - Hadrian

    Yeah for sure, but if your whole schtick is that you're faster than the other guys then you're going to look awfully silly telling your customers that you're waiting for the same handful of plating shops to finish your parts just like everyone else.
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    Automated Aerospace Shop - Hadrian

    Maybe it was a missed opportunity. My business isn't too big so I just assumed that it would have gone nowhere after closer scrutiny. I am on a few approved supplier lists so maybe that's all he was after.
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    Automated Aerospace Shop - Hadrian

    It's not an area where big investors or big companies like this can come out ahead IMO. Too much competition. There is always someone ready to do it faster, better or cheaper. He talks about how the other guys give long lead times and how he will be faster. The reality of lead times in SoCal is...
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    Automated Aerospace Shop - Hadrian

    This is the real genius 4D chess move this guy made. Anyone can buy machines and hire software devs and promise faster lead times and lower prices. Half the machine shops out there promise as much on their websites. Getting big customers to invest and then feed you work is the real masterstroke...
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    Told we didn't make any money.

    Construction pays good money here in California. $50/hr or more for a lot of jobs. I have a friend who works as a civil engineer for the city and works in a road crew at night as a laborer. He makes more with the road crew gig. Nurse is a shit job (literally) in my opinion. CDL can be whatever...
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    Told we didn't make any money.

    This shop is probably cooked. No money for tools, running on old repeat jobs, work slowing down, too many employees, office staff heavy, skill gap, leaving the deburr guy to program new work... that's game over. Where is the owner in all of this? My advice to the OP is to find a new job...
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    Shop Floor Data Collection

    That is a bit different than what I thought you meant. I use a computer database that tracks open orders. I only use paper travelers on the shop floor, but when parts are shipped to vendors for plating/other processes, it is digitally recorded and I can see what is out and what is not. It is...
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    Justification for Air Conditioning in Tool & Die Shop

    I've heard that past 80 degrees, the probability of crashing the machine doubles for every 10 degree increase in temperature.
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    Shop Floor Data Collection

    Having your employees do data entry is a huge waste of time and a big mistake IMO. It creates too much friction to actually doing the job. Everywhere that I worked with some form of data entry, the data entry time was significant. In some places the data entry time actually exceeded the amount...
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    Brother : 2 machines or 1 pallet changer

    Go with 2 machines IMO. After a few months, you won't know how you ever survived with just one.
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