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33714Re: [mill_drill] Der Meister

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  • Guenther Paul
    Jul 1, 2013
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      I must say you spelled my name properly. You must have a key board with umlauts. Where are you ?
      Its like this. Bragging does not get the job done actions and working together does.
      I am not one to brag but have bean call upon many many times to help people out of a tight spot.
      I worked at a company that is no longer around and was all ways the man they came to when they really needed help.
      The company was called ausco and where know for there excellent floor jacks the company also had a foundry.
      the where using a eclectic holding furnace where the metal was held just before it was pured into the molds. That furnace had a 9'long tilting screw with 1 3/8 threads acme per inch and the screw was running in a brass nut with inside acme threads.The nut was in a 3/8 wall thickness tube. When i started there the where changing screws and nuts weekly.
      after looking at the screws and nuts i saw nothing but chatter on the finish thread. I asked 1 of the old guys how he made the nuts he replied with a boring bar. I fund the boring bar was not supported on the cutter end the problem and task there was the screw was 4" in OD the nut ID before thread cutting was started was around 3 1/4
      Again all i saw was chatter in the nut and screw. at the time the nut and screw was changed the big boss showed up and checked on the progress. I was joung in my mid 20s at the time so the old guys didn't want to listen what i had to say i was the kid. As the boss was leaving i called him aside and asked him if he was interested in having     
      better screws and brass nuts so the last longer he perked up and said what do you mean so i showed him the quality of what he had and what he needed to have he said from now on the job is yours to make screws and nuts. I accepted the job with one understanding that i did not want to be hassled by the people that worked with me on the floor and his Foreman that was about as smart as a box of rocks.
      I mad fixtures and tooling and after spending all the time with that i produced a product the way it should have bean all along. The big boss called all the people  to show them what i did and what the so called senior machinist should have made and done all along but either did not want to or didnt know how. This was a union shop needless to say the problems the union created put the company out of bisness.
      The screws and nuts lasted 4-5 times longer after i made them. All of this was bevore CNC machines came about
      From: Mario <mariol.vitale@...>
      To: mill_drill@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 10:02 PM
      Subject: [mill_drill] Der Meister
      Yes, so it would seem... but just imagine, as the gage start to compress because of the friction at the "free end" what keeps the "stationary end" from reacting (and moving) in the opposite direction?.... and that is assuming everything is happening in ONE plane!?!?
      Please don't take this as a challenge to your theory. I am only pointing out that sometimes the "real world" get's a little more complicated, and maybe Günther has experienced these 'real world complications' more than some of us amateurs.
      By the way, I could not agree more with your questioning the old world authoritative, autocratic approach to teaching.... I agree that encouraging learning is far mor productive than demanding it!

      Whenever someone insists they are NOT an expert (meister), I tend to listen. It is the ones who insist they ARE an expert that I tend to question. The title is not always reflective of the insight.
      When I was a young engineer, a few years out of college, I found myself, on second shift, on the shop floor of one of the world largest, most modern machine shops in the world. We were building the detail parts for the first F-15. I was called down to one of the layout tables because the lead machinist was about to machine the first F-15 centerline pylon fitting, and had some questions about the blueprint (yes, I said BLUEPRINT!) This was a part that would have taken a full week to machine on a modern 5 axis machining center (not to mention the months of programming time), that was so complex that the designer felt compelled to put a tri-metric view of the part just above the title block so people would have an idea of what this part should look like!
      When I got to the layout table I saw, sitting on this 3ft. x 6 ft. granite surface plate, a 6 page J size blueprint and a 12" x 16" x 28" hand forged titanium billet, painted blue with Dykem with a bunch of scribe lines on it, and a Brown &Sharpe height gage.
      I was introduced to a wonderful gentleman who had been thru the apprentice program, spent his time as a journeyman and then spent more time than I had been on this earth, as an "all around machinist" laying out and machining complex machined parts..... and he was going to ask ME some questions about how to interpret the drawing, because I was "The Engineer" !?!?
      Fortunately, I immediately realized that he was a heck of a lot smarter than I was, so together, over the next several weeks, we got that part made. And while I did answer a few of his questions, I learned a hell of a lot more from him than he did from me!!!

      As Rick says, "all of us is are lot smarter than any one of us" !!!

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