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  1. The problem with plating is he still doesn't know...

    The problem with plating is he still doesn't know what size the holes need to be. So now he's spent money on plating and doesn't know what size to ream them to.
  2. Why are you making random sized holes and hoping...

    Why are you making random sized holes and hoping the mating pin fits? Does the customer not supply a toleranced drawing? How do you know the diameter of the customer's pins aren't all over the...
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    Motion Guru got it right other than the size of...

    Motion Guru got it right other than the size of the company also plays into it a bit. I'm in a lower cost of living part of the country than him and those salary ranges (or slightly higher) are what...
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    I've used Festo VTUG valve manifolds in hundreds...

    I've used Festo VTUG valve manifolds in hundreds of robotic applications. If you have a Festo distributor nearby have them explain the options.
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    Some of the inexpensive hobbiest CNC routers like...

    Some of the inexpensive hobbiest CNC routers like these run g-code. They aren't stout enough to route much other than wood and require light cuts, but might be a way for him to learn g-code while...
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    So far that's been my conclusion every time I've...

    So far that's been my conclusion every time I've started to design a cobot into a work cell. It's always been cheaper, faster, and with better accuracy to use either linear actuators or a...
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    Assuming you're talking about ground squirrels,...

    Assuming you're talking about ground squirrels, the most effective trap I've ever used is a 5 gallon bucket about 1/3 full of water with a handful of sunflower seeds floating on top. Lean a board...
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    I don't know anything about this personally, but...

    I don't know anything about this personally, but my neighbor just lost his 7 year old business to an investor who called in his loan without any notice. Prior to that the investor was constantly...
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    I get Statements of Work.

    I get Statements of Work.
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    Meetings is how automation gets deployed? Good...

    Meetings is how automation gets deployed? Good grief, I've been doing it wrong for the last 100+ robotic cells I've designed and deployed.
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    And if you're going to buy carbon steel taps, go...

    And if you're going to buy carbon steel taps, go ahead and buy a set of EZ outs. And since you're going to buy EZ outs, buy an EDM.
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    We're closer to Honeywell size but we still have...

    We're closer to Honeywell size but we still have real budgets. My group is an internal machine build group that designs, builds, and installs custom machines for our products in plants world wide. ...
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    Ethics of reverse engineering

    Let's say someone is selling you a piece of equipment. It's an elegant, simple design that works very well. It uses mostly off the shelf components with a couple key custom parts. The only problem...
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    I implement dozens of robots (SCARA and 6-axis, I...

    I implement dozens of robots (SCARA and 6-axis, I don't see much use for COBOTs) a year and most have automatic tool changers. ATI Industrial Automation: Automatic / Robotic Tool Changers
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    As a lowly manufacturing engineer I don't know...

    As a lowly manufacturing engineer I don't know the contractual details, but this sort of thing has been common for the almost 30 years I've worked at various Tier 1 automotive suppliers. It saves...
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    As an aside, I understand using words from a...

    As an aside, I understand using words from a foreign language when there's no applicable English word, but why use Japanese words for simple stuff like this? It reminds me of Lean using "muda" and...
  17. Something else to consider is do you ever have...

    Something else to consider is do you ever have customers out on the floor that can witness this behavior? I spend a lot of time in the shops that build the machines we design and if I saw this I'd...
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    As others have mentioned, it's entirely dependent...

    As others have mentioned, it's entirely dependent on your actuator. Some are simple, dumb devices that move until an external controller takes away the voltage. Some are smart, like from companies...
  19. I've never owned a Japanese bike that was sprung...

    I've never owned a Japanese bike that was sprung too stiff - they're usually sprung for a 130lb Japanese guy. Harshness is usually due to poor compression damping which may or may not be adjustable...
  20. A lot of people use Fusion360 at home and seem to...

    A lot of people use Fusion360 at home and seem to like it. I use Solidworks daily at work so that's what I wanted at home. The student addition is available free with a membership in the EAA which...
  21. I've been asked to add process monitoring cameras...

    I've been asked to add process monitoring cameras to any new machines or lines I design. I'm just finishing up a line of 5 robotic cells with various processes (pick & place, dispensing adhesives,...
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    I have a 1hp Bridgeport at home and use an...

    I have a 1hp Bridgeport at home and use an Automation Direct GS2. I had a cheap TECO but it let out its magic smoke after a couple years. I'm using 220V in because I have an outlet in a handy spot. ...
  23. I had an odd one a few evenings ago. I mentioned...

    I had an odd one a few evenings ago. I mentioned to the young lady who cuts my hair that I was building some furniture for my daughter and was trying to get it all done in time for Xmas. She said,...
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    I solve this with a phone call to the engineer...

    I solve this with a phone call to the engineer who typed 0.050" for depth when he meant 0.005". I'd be willing to bet he really doesn't give a shit about the depth and it's a simple typo.
  25. The problem is their version of "help" is always...

    The problem is their version of "help" is always to provide supervision while you do the job. No thanks.
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