Modern Machine Shop

MAR 2017

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42 MMS March 2017 THE VIEW FROM MY SHOP Guest Columnist a form with a checkbox for orientation and making a spot at the machine for the form, but I stopped him and said, "This is what I came up with." I grabbed a toolholder, opened the turret and set in the tool. Then I raised my right index finger in a dramatic fashion, touched the orientation dot on the holder and closed the door. "Force yourself to touch the dot every time you put a holder in, and you will never make that mistake again," I said. I called this Option B. I now teach Option B to everyone learning to operate the mill, and I have drilled orientation marks into a couple of holders that surprisingly didn't already have them. Not only did the apprentice learn a good habit from that exercise, but my teaching methods improved, and so did his ability to implement processes. While what gets printed and filed for quality purposes is a whole other discussion, and one my management people and I discuss often, suffice it to say that, if there is no value to finding it later, it probably shouldn't be printed. In this case, if the job is run successfully, we know the tools were installed correctly. Filling out a form is a valueless burden (although this apprentice can be forgiven for suggesting it, because of his inexperience). However, understanding that the answer won't always be this obvious, the question to be con- sidered by all ages and ranks is this: "How do we prevent Option A, the complex procedure, from getting into our processes when Option B, the simple habit, has not yet been suggested?" I believe continuous improvement doesn't have to be much more complicated than con- templating this question in the pursuit of finding the Option B to our problems, acting on it when it gets revealed and reclassifying it as Option A after it has been implemented. Qsine was founded in 1968 by Kevin's late father, Mick Saruwatari. The custom machine design and manufacturing firm specializes in industrial product development, prototypes and short-run work. More at Balancing Technology Measuring and Presetting Technology Shrinking Technology 40 Years Quality HAIMER Tool Dynamic Balancing Machine Highest balancing quality – Innovatively simple yet light years ahead. Longer cutting tool life Run your cutting tools faster Reduced machine spindle wear Better surface finish on your parts Tooling Technology

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