asciibaron: i hate it when my bit gets stuck.
PsyLord: [www.delish.com image 400x400]Anyone ever tried one of these?
Maul555: I don't get it. Why do these machines exist? is it for security reasons? Why not have this stuff in bins for people to use?
bemis23: The hell? CribMaster machines are common in tons of major factories. I walk by at least 50-60 of them every day just to get to the cafeteria. Now, the multi-million dollar custom-designed drill machines that self-select a drill bit from a rack/bin, mounts the bit on a robotic arm, and then uses laser guides to project a coordinate system on a panel and proceed to drill according to a pre-engineered plan? That thing is *AWESOME* to watch. A single plan might include 50-125 drill bits and well over a 500 holes drilled at varying depths. Some of the IEs told me how fast it can drill but I've forgotten the statistics. I wish I could post some pics, but no picture taking is allowed on our facility.
weiserfireman: Maul555: I don't get it. Why do these machines exist? is it for security reasons? Why not have this stuff in bins for people to use?It is security. Dispensing the tooling ties to one employees number, and maybe to a specific project for billing purposes. One ten pack of lathe inserts can run anywhere from $120 to $1500 depending on geometry and coatings. It also keeps track of inventory levels automatically and any many cases, will order new inventory so that it doesn't run out. If the company is big enough, the vendor will frequently supply the machines and keep them stocked. The customer doesn't get a bill until the tooling is actually dispensed and used.These machines haven't completely removed the need for a locking tooling room, with a FTE, who manually checks out tooling to employees and reorders new ones.
Jim DiGriz: J. Frank Parnell: I was going to make a parallel to the saying that NASA spent millions of dollars on a pen that would work in space, while the Russians just used a pencilWell, except for the fact that NASA did no such thing (Fisher Pens developed the pen themselves, and gave/sold some to NASA). Here's an interesting site, which shows the writing instruments used on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo flights (as well as some Shuttle flights). There's also some history on who used what.
J. Frank Parnell: Maul555: I don't get it. Why do these machines exist? is it for security reasons? Why not have this stuff in bins for people to use?I was going to make a parallel to the saying that NASA spent millions of dollars on a pen that would work in space, while the Russians just used a pencil, by saying instead of this the Russians would just use labeled drawers. But i don't think anyone would have gotten it without me explaining.All that aside, it's probably easier for the company providing the tools to keep track electronically than it is to have some guy count how many are missing each day or week.
jclaggett: I used to have a "Space Pen. " They're pretty cool. Bought it when I was at the US Spaces Academy back around 1990/91. Sadly I lost it, but it was cool
abhorrent1: Doesn't get the crib part? He's never heard of a tool crib? Is he 12?
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