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    Look at Banjo for the parts you need.

    Look at Banjo for the parts you need.
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    6-32 worse combination of diameter and pitch...

    6-32 worse combination of diameter and pitch makes them so easy to break.
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    I bought the first set of 18v Dewalt tools after...

    I bought the first set of 18v Dewalt tools after spending hours looking at different brands. Back then the deciding factor was the same as always for me, how good is the chuck? The Dewalt I bought...
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    Couple weeks ago there was yard sale down the...

    Couple weeks ago there was yard sale down the block. Guy had an old Craftsman all cast iron 6”x 48” belt sander on a large wooden table. Just curious I asked how much. $5! Has almost no wear on the...
  5. I’d automate the doors first, a human operator...

    I’d automate the doors first, a human operator would appreciate that. Then the robot will be simpler to program and be more efficient too.
  6. If you want the torque of the 1.5 hp motor at...

    If you want the torque of the 1.5 hp motor at half the speed just replace it with a 3hp and a 3 hp VFD. At half speed you still have 1.5 hp. I have even replaced a 3/4 hp motor with a 3 hp on a VFD...
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    Become a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team in your...

    Become a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team in your area. There are more than 7500 teams in high schools. My grandson joined the team, I joined as a mentor. Last two seasons I taught SolidWorks and I...
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    I tried to get my neighbor go 50/50 on a...

    I tried to get my neighbor go 50/50 on a snowblower, and I would even let him keep it in his garage. He bought his own, and I had to as well.
  9. I have done implementations of AllOrders at two...

    I have done implementations of AllOrders at two previous employers and we were pleased with the results. At the second place we were able to export BOMs and subassemblies through a custom Excel macro...
  10. Not Trump, Elon Musk and SpaceX. You are going...

    Not Trump, Elon Musk and SpaceX. You are going to want to land there and lift off again. Only SpaceX is practicing those landings until they they are perfect, under the worse conditions, earth...
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    A lost foam aluminum casting would likely be the...

    A lost foam aluminum casting would likely be the lowest cost for a one off part. You make it in pieces and glue the pieces together then one dip coat, bury in sand and pour. I have a home foundry...
  12. My favorite way of reducing purchased part size...

    My favorite way of reducing purchased part size is opening it in Rhino 3D which doesn't give a crap about how the surfaces were created and then I delete not only all the internal components but even...
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    So I see a lot of mention of shop guys not able...

    So I see a lot of mention of shop guys not able to use a PC or spreadsheet. Why would you be okay with that? It means your employees are obsolete just like that old Bridgeport that was holding you...
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    I had an old guy, 59 at the time, come in for an...

    I had an old guy, 59 at the time, come in for an interview and he said he was having a hard time finding a job because of his age. I told him he met the first requirement for this job. He showed up...
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    OT, Covid acronym to keep you safe.

    There is a new 4 letter acronym to help you remember how to stay safe during the Pandemic. It stands for Test Isolate Trace be Safe. I think I am going to get that on a T-shirt.
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    Batteries are by far the cheapest way to go. The...

    Batteries are by far the cheapest way to go. The waste treatment plants I was building used 12 vdc lead acid gel cells to power the 14 electric valves because in a power failure all 14 needed to...
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    Do not treat your beloved pet like we do our old...

    Do not treat your beloved pet like we do our old people, watching them wither away at huge expense until the doctors allow them to die. Don't wait for your pet to tell you it is time. Our first...
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    That hydraulic schematic is an oops, not part of...

    That hydraulic schematic is an oops, not part of this project.

    The pipes get moved by grippers on each end of the Z axis that drop down to grab the pipes. Then X axis moves to the right to bring...
  19. You can get even voltage reduction using...

    You can get even voltage reduction using buck/boost transformers but you need 3 for a closed Delta output. Sizing the transformer is easy. If you are reducing the voltage by 10% the transformer KVA...
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    So today I finally got to test my prototype Auto...

    So today I finally got to test my prototype Auto Rack feeder. It works! Needs some revisions but this was built from scrap I scrounged from around the plant and a gearbox from a machine I built 25...
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    298852 A SolidWorks model view of the machine. ...

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    A SolidWorks model view of the machine. The rack on the left will hold about 300 pipes 4' long and the straps will pull them to the top to overflow into the machine. The gripper on the left...
  22. Post a picture of the parts you want to assemble....

    Post a picture of the parts you want to assemble. Bowl feeders work great and the guys that get them to orient and spit out parts one at a time are magicians. I used to work for a company that made...
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    Tilt it. Don’t cut with the center of a ball mill...

    Tilt it. Don’t cut with the center of a ball mill at zero fpm. Better finish, faster cutting.
  24. We had a landlord desperate for a tenant that cut...

    We had a landlord desperate for a tenant that cut out the block wall and installed a header and big wooden doors they built on site. We bolted bars across the doors on the inside because we didn’t...
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    We seriously looked at installing an old fire...

    We seriously looked at installing an old fire siren INSIDE our building. You couldn’t carry much while running from the building with your hands over your ears! Our test run to partial speed made...
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