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    Popcorn Machine shop projects

    CPF already has the Materials/Mechanical/Machining forum & this thread is not meant to duplicate a forum that works very well. Rather it is intended to offer a look at some of the projects that go through a typical small job-shop. The term job-shop means that virtually any type of work is accepted whether big or small, complex or simple, from any customer who walks through the door (or sends an email, text, fax, etc.) The goal of a job-shop is simple - understand what the customer wants, do the work, move on to the next project.

    Some job-shops run contract work that involves the production of multiple pieces of the same or similar parts on a repeating basis. The work provides a somewhat dependable source of business & helps eliminate the peaks & valleys of working on a day by day basis. Sometimes the work is interesting & technically challenging but other days it is sheer drudgery ... imagine drilling one hole in each of 500 steel blocks & then going back to tap those same 500 holes. Not as bad as it may sound once a system is developed to efficiently process the work.

    Look for lots of images of work in progress. Quite a bit will be light related while some will cover other areas that I hope are interesting to the reader. We'll have to see where this goes but there's quite a bit of interest on CPF about how things are done. This thread should help answer some of those questions.
    Last edited by precisionworks; 03-15-2012 at 07:52 PM.
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    Please Note - Shipping Charges

    Anyone who's done business with me knows that they pay actual shipping charges. No "handling fee", no add on cost, I just pass on what ever I'm charged for the shipping service. Most items go out by United States Postal Service flat rate - if it fits into a flat rate carton that's the way I prefer to ship. But ...

    USPS seems to raise their rates with every new moon. If you see a shipping charge quoted in an old thread or old post it's probably too low. If I provide a shipping quote in March (for instance) and USPS raises their rate in April when your light is ready to ship you'll be charged the new (higher rate). I don't make a penny on shipping so I have to pass any shipping price increase on to you.

    Domestic rates for the USA are up somewhat but International rates have increased at a faster pace.

    If you prefer shipment by UPS or Fedex that's fine - just let me know before I provide a total.
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    Well?? ICno work!!?? Someone is slacking...

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    No work because it is already half past beer thirty in Illinois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryH View Post
    No work because it is already half past beer thirty in Illinois.
    At the Precision Works shop the Bud Light is always on

    Well?? ICno work!!?? Someone is slacking...

    Allow me to whine a bit but don't panic ...


    The past week saw nothing done in the shop as I was working on an electrical installation in a customer's factory. It started simply enough with a site evaluation, something that should have taken an hour under normal circumstances. Finished that ten hours later & found out that the company would not pay my bill for the ten hours as they considered it "bid preparation time". That was Strike 1 but the project still looked profitable so onward we went.

    Contacted my regular assistant who rescheduled his work around this project. Advised the plant manager that I'd be bringing my assistant at no charge to them & the manager said no, they would provide any help that was needed. That was Strike 2 and the little voice in my head said "this is not going well". Since it seemed it could get no worse I stayed in the game.

    Went out & purchased all the parts, roughly $10k USD. Then the email arrived from the on site engineer advising me that he would not allow the utility company to disconnect the 480 volt supply at the transformers. Said more clearly, we'd be working at the bottom of the panelboard & the top of the panelboard (about 24" or 0.6m) would still have 480 volts at the main breaker lugs. Strike 3 & I bailed. Wrote a quick email of withdrawal from the project & offered to deliver their parts, got that done at 1500 on Friday, got the check immediately to the bank & called it done.

    Rant over. Got back into the shop today & started to catch up. May soon post a photo or two of an interesting project fabricating a stainless steel fuel manifold. It certainly has to come out better than the electrical installation
    Last edited by precisionworks; 03-17-2012 at 08:30 PM.
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    YEah it sounds like it Barry.. I awaken here early with a major splitting headache (way too much Techquila for the Saint) & can't see straight.. Hope you both got to let loose alittle and made it to a bed safely.. I'm going back to sleep.. G'nite..

    Oh Barry, I have a few more pieces that I need to ship over to you.. Could you PM me your addy again.. ThanXx

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