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    This was just published as the cover story in Production Machining magazine:

    Racing to High Tech Turning : Production Machining

    It only deals with our Hyundai Wia turning centers (as we all know, articles like this are basically machine tool advertisements) but I thought the members might like to see what part of an all-woman manufacturing floor looks like. Will post pics of other machines later.

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    Cool. I think Hyundai makes a nice machine. I thought they were are Siemens though.

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    Obviously those lathes don't run for $hit.

    Look at the pic - they are ALL being dicked with!

    As staged as the gurl with a smile on her face while running a depth mic - or whatever is was that she had.


    Maybe one day y'all can get something that doesn't come from Korea and then you can actually make parts...












    I just cringe every time I see all those staged pics is all.
    I think CNCWest is about the worst about that... but they're all bad.
    You know - "Here's a pic of Jim and Joe discussing a feature on the print..."


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    Think Snow Eh!
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    Actually, she's using a 5-digit mike and checking its calibration with tenth gauge pins and is definitely not posing. The photographer made her smile.
    Hyundai Wia's ad agency insisted on that hokey overview shot, but really, the only staged part is that the girls all have their hands on stuff and the coffee and donuts couldn't be in the picture. The operations, parts carts, etc were all legitimately in process. I refused to pose for one of those print-checking pictures because I hate 'em too.

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    Default Attempt at posting a picture

    Another posed shot but of course Hyundai Wia's ad agency wasn't really interested in a bunch of Haas VMCs, it was just a formality.
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    Some of the parts the gurlz makesolid.jpg5-axis.jpg

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    Old Ikegai TCs now used for single setups

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    Near one has been disconnected for moving

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    Default Humble beginnings

    Back in the suburban Maryland/DC rent-a-cubicle circa 1979...see, I'm not proud

    American High Duty 18" lathe built 1923
    Simmons Micro-Speed turret lathe built 1942
    Wade 8A toolmaker's lathe built 1943 for International Harvester and rerouted to the Naval Gun Factory

    Got the histories on these machines from the manufacturers because I had to rebuild them all. The turret lathe was upside down in a junk pile with honeysuckle growing through it. Simmons sent me an original parts manual. American searched thru the vault and sent me drawings so I could find all the hidden set screws and so forth. Wish I still had all that stuff.

    In case anybody was wondering, that American definitely didn't come with a chip pan, I built that. Didn't make it deep enough, though. Man, I sure wasn't much on housekeeping.
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    Default Fifteen years later

    Moved to Wyoming in 1993. Blue skies, no more landlord. This building had been a welding school and was smoke-stained pitch black. Took about 20 gallons of Kilz to brighten it up.
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    NOT posed, even though somebody looks happy. Guess I'll have to do something about that.
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    Thanks for sharing! It's good to know that sometimes PM members actually get featured in the advertainment magazines we all collect. I actually skimmed over the article when it first saw it. It was a good read. I probably aught to read more of the articles but I usually just look at the pretty machine pictures and put it on the pile. Congrats on your success.

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    Post # 5, is that a plant near the bench in the foreground?? What is a plant doing on the shop floor??

    Ron ( Not Mr. Green Jeans )

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    The plant is the all natural air filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    The plant is the all natural air filter.
    Actually I was thinking of getting one or two plants in the shop
    once I'm done upgrading all the workbenches to butcher bloc.
    I'm sure some there must be some species that would hold up.
    That and Swiss scene calendars to give the shop a euro feel you know.

    ON edit : AMAZING Tony, thanks for sharing !
    Pic of the ironworker where you get to smash computers please hehe !

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    Why is it an ALL girls shop?

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    So you early shots show all men in the shop, and now you seem to be an all woman shop. Please fill in that portion of the story. I have often thought women would make better machine operators for smaller work, better manual dexterity, attention to detail etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ormachine View Post
    What is a plant doing on the shop floor??
    WTH? You never heard of a 'Manufacturing Plant'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkilroy View Post
    So you early shots show all men in the shop, and now you seem to be an all woman shop. Please fill in that portion of the story. I have often thought women would make better machine operators for smaller work, better manual dexterity, attention to detail etc.
    Yeah.....how does that work?


    Women hold a grudge, and would kill one another if one said the other looked stupid in that smock!



    Men.....we just don't give a crap what each other think. We can call each other assholes all day long and then sit with each other at the bar later that day like nothing happened.


    Women......forget it. They would be waiting for one another out in the parking lot, and most likely would dismantle each others car when the other wasn't looking!



    As the saying goes........If momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY gonna be happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkilroy View Post
    So you early shots show all men in the shop, and now you seem to be an all woman shop. Please fill in that portion of the story. I have often thought women would make better machine operators for smaller work, better manual dexterity, attention to detail etc.
    Once thought the same thing and staffed an analysis and repair shop with mid-forties females. Lesson learned the hard way that men in the same age-range were equally menopausal and catty-chatty 'tribal'.

    Switched-over to younger and brighter folks that I KNEW would learn, grow, and move on up and out before they ever got resentful of a bench job or bitchy about the environment. Had seven weddings (my own included) out of a staff of just under 30 in a 3-year period as well.

    Higher retraining cost every year, but they were actually INTERESTED, hence faster learners. Much more alert, nimble, and flexible team during the 9-18 months they DID stay. Only person left frustrated was the IBEW Shop Steward. Before he could housebreak 'em, they had move-on already - most of 'em determined to avoid Union Shops like a bad rash as well.

    As I was to do myself, thereafter. Too 'polarizing' even in the best of times, dreadfully depressing in the worst.

    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by thermite View Post
    WTH? You never heard of a 'Manufacturing Plant'?



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