Gnosjöandan Spirit

February 24, 2015

One of my international contacts through the Syndicat International du Decolletage posted an intriguing photo on Facebook.

I had to find out, what does it mean?

I had to find out, what does it mean?

I did my best to try to figure it out, and eventually I came up with “entrepreurship.”

(By the way, the Facebook post was in Swedish…)

So I responded to my friend with “Entrepreneurship?” and waited to see how well I had done.

You be the judge. and by the way, don’t be too surprised to find out that you too, have the Gnosjöandan Spirit.

Gnosjöandan Spirit

  • We are motivated by others’ success
  • We encourage cooperation
  • We are ambitious and dare being great
  • We are street smart
  • We are doers
  • We don’t overcomplicate things
  • We are generous and helpful
  • We are thrifty but never stingy
  • We dig where we stand
  • We are proud of the Gnosjö Spirit.

This reminded me a lot of the entrepreneurial spirit that we find in our shops. What do you think? Do you too, have the Gnosjöandan Spirit?

Ancient Orichalucum Metal Ingots Recovered from Shipwreck off Sicily

January 8, 2015
2600 years later, we have samples to analyze...

2600 years later, we have samples to analyze…

According to Discovery News  this week, “Gleaming cast metal called orichalucum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered from a ship that sunk 2,600 years ago off the coast of Sicily…the 39 ingots found on the sandy sea floor represent a unique finding.”

“Today most scholars agree orichalucum is a brass-like alloy, which was made in antiquity by cementation. This process was achieved with the reaction of zinc ore, charcoal and copper metal in a crucible.

Analyzed with X-ray fluorescence by Dario Panetta, of TQ – Tecnologies for Quality, the 39 ingots turned to be an alloy made with 75-80 percent copper, 15-20 percent zinc and small percentages of nickel, lead and iron.”

Ancient Origins  reports “The name orichalucum derives from the Greek word oreikhalkos, meaning literally “mountain copper” or “copper mountain”. According to Plato’s 5th century BC Critias dialogue, orichalucum was considered second only to gold in value, and was found and mined in many parts of the legendary Atlantis in ancient times.

Maybe the greenhouse gasses emitted by Atlantis’ cementation industries producing orichalucum caused the seas to rise, covering Atlantis…


Capturing the Holiday Spirit

December 24, 2014
No telling on what the State troopers busted this jolly old elf for, but we bailed him out with donations to the local food bank...

No telling on what the State troopers busted this jolly old elf for, but we bailed him out with donations to the local food bank…

We are fortunate to have our trade, our businesses, our ability to produce highly engineered components that make a difference in peoples lives by making technology operate safely and as expected.

I call the satisfaction from my work the “existential joy of engineering,” though that phrase is not original to me.

The holidays are a great reminder of the blessings that we have, and the fact that we are more fortunate than others.

I hope that your celebration of the holidays remind you of what is right in your world, and of your opportunity to help others as you see fit.

And like the Medina Post of the Ohio State Patrol,  I hope that you too get to “capture” a bit of the holiday spirit (or elf) to share with your family and friends.

Thanks to the Medina Post of the Ohio State Patrol for their part in the “Can the Cruiser” food drive.

And our best wishes  and gratitude to you, the men and women of the precision machining industry, our world is safer and more reliable because you do what you do.



Thanksgiving- A Time to Recalibrate

November 26, 2014

We have many blessings in our lives, the love of family, friends chief among them.

Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends.

Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends.

Most of us enjoy an unparalleled material well-being, and a lifestyle of modern convenience that is the envy of the world.

Thanksgiving provides us the chance to recognize and thank the engineers, machinists, and entrepreneurs who have designed and built these modern technologies that keep us safe, comfortable, and make our modern lifestyle possible.

Precision machined components enable almost all modern technologies to function safely and efficiently.  It makes me smile to understand where all this behind the scenes technological  “magic” is sourced.

Thanks to the machinists who make them, the engineers that design them, and the investors who tool up their shops to be able to produce them.

Thanksgiving is also about recognizing how our loved ones contribute to our ability to produce our highly engineered components. How they help us keep in mind what “Safety Critical” really means.  How they make sure we have what we need when we arrive on the job. And have a reason to return home, all body parts intact. Now is a great time to recognize the contributions of our loved ones to our success.

I am thankful for the blessings of my family and friends.

I am grateful to live in a time where technology makes my life more about the joy of my family’s company than about battling forces to merely survive. Technology works, thanks to machinists.

In our shops, we have calibration routines to help us assure that our output is to spec and acceptable.

We have calibration routines at work; how do we calibrate our lives at home?

We have calibration routines at work; how do we calibrate our lives at home?

Thanksgiving is a day for us to recalibrate and reflect on the blessings that collectively we share.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vintage Thanksgiving Dinner photo credit

Calibration photo credit

Fun Fact Friday- Why Do Dead Alkaline Batteries Bounce?

September 5, 2014

If you know how a dead blow hammer works, you can answer this question. Enjoy!

We found this originally  on Lifehacker.


Micron Manufacturing -Lean Demolition

July 8, 2014

Why I love manufacturing: we get to do cool stuff!

PMPA member company Micron Manufacturing is getting a new Mori Seiki.

The new machine will need some space- so they have to demolish a wall.

How do  Lean Business Expert / Shigeo Shingo Silver award-winning precision machinists demolish a wall?

With Lean Precision and Style of course!

Enjoy the time-lapse video:

Lean Lessons Learned:

  1. Mess is not mandatory for demolition work when you have a plan;
  2. The power of a plan is evident here.
  3. Lean demolition shall now be appended to your ISO scope.
  4. You can see the Culture of Lean in Micron’s work.



Precision Manufacturing Then and Now- Precision Plus Blog

June 25, 2014

PMPA member company Precision Plus President Mike Reader posted two great videos on his blog last week.

Mike-Reader2Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, we thought we’d “flatter” Mike for his awesome taste in videos:

That was a view of precision manufacturing back then.

And here is a view of what is new in precision manufacturing these days:

It’s still about the craftsmanship.

It’s just that our technology today moves our “craft” to the right a few decimal places.



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