Posted 21 February 2005 - 06:51 PM
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:06 PM
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:07 PM
Who says our machines are better now?
They may be CAD operated and such, but I’ve seen plenty of devices
from the 1920's still running fine and doing the job well. As previous members have said, with computerized
machinery, it can only duplicate what info it has been loaded with, including the mistakes.
Then enter pride and craftsmanship in your work. That is something lacking in a lot of fields these days.
Example: Long Island Railroad. I know a "master" welder. He is in charge of training young welders
in the "art" of creating a perfect weld. Most want to learn and strive to do a good job, but some just don't care.
All that is important is the paycheck. And heaven forbid if he tries to fail them! Nope, the Union will have none of that!
So, they make crappy welds, the welds break, the trains break down and they fix them with crappy welds again!
All I can say is, there are true artistsans out there, PK and Damon come to mind, it's just getting to be fewer and fewer.
There's and old adage that goes something like, "it's not the tools, it's who's using them that counts".
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:20 PM
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:21 PM
I STILL use a cast aluminum drill that was built about 1925-1930 and it works like a dream, old tools are very good if the opertor knows how to work them!
A CNC machine is only as good as the tooling placed in it!
Hope this helps
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:40 PM
|If I were to guess that factory was probably FULL of Brown and Sharpe Universal milling machies, South Bend lathes intricate fixtures, and TONS of skilled labor that could still: read a micrometer, knew how to polish and fit metal and had the typical EARLY american manufacturing mind meaning build it two times tougher and prettier than it needs to be and it will last forever!|
Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:36 PM
Its hard to replace know how with computers. I would be willing to bet that Auto Ordnance would have traded a great deal to have a nice Mazak machining center though.....
Posted 22 February 2005 - 11:35 PM
We gotta start bailing soon or it's gonna be over our head!
I'm not sure where to start, but rewards for jobs done well, such as
with teachers, would be nice... as it stands now, here in the city,
you just pump 'em through, weather they can do the work or not.
If you work your ass off as an educator, or you just go through the motions,
seems like it does not matter to the administration.
Agggh! What a mess to clean.