Tooling & Production - November/December 2008 - (Page 42)
enterprise metrology sleuth Samurai Sleuth Trimming time from an already lean product development cycle t was a time of celebration, but it did not last long. The ZipChem Metering Pump folks had just introduced an exceptional new product with greatly improved accuracy. Even better, it included a number of plastic components that dramatically reduced its selling price. And, best of all, the company had reduced its product development cycle to 25 I at the CMM so that prototype parts could speed through evaluation as soon as they came from the manufacturing source. They did this by moving to an almost total reliance on off-line CMM part programming and using a direct-to-CAD interface that eliminated any ambiguity that the use of CAD model ﬁle translations might introduce. The frugal celebration consisted of pizza and soft drinks served at noon in a small conference room in the engineering department. The levity lasted all of 10 minutes when a dark cloud descended over the gathering in the form of none other than the CEO himself. The challenge “Hey guys, listen up,” said the VP of engineering. “Mr. Beaker has a few words he would like to say to us.” The dozen or so people who had joined the celebration quickly took seats and ﬁxed their gaze upon their leader. “Gentlemen,” he said (even though there Seuth slashes product development cycles with the tools of Enterprise Metrology. were several women present), “I want you months from its previous best of 33. The to know that I have just talked with our national ZipChemmers were a force with which to be sales manager, and he tells me that early feedreckoned in their industry. back from our customers indicates that this new Sleuth, who joined the festivities, had made a product is a real winner. “However,” he held out his hands and lowered big contribution to the concurrent engineering his eyebrows in a gesture precisely calculated to team’s effort to reduce the programming logjam 42 tooling& production November/December 2008 www.ToolingAndProduction.com
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