No spec, no quality. Know Spec, know quality.
Know the specification!
No spec, no quality. Know Spec, know quality.
Know the specification!
I was privileged to be able to witness the live cast of the Falcon Heavy Lift vehicle today. The photo above shows two booster engine modules simultaneously and autonomously landing. This was just a small part of the technology displayed today by the Falcon Heavy launch.
But here is why I say that a new era starts today:
I am glad to be a witness to this milestone in the renaissance of manufacturing, engineering, and entrepreneurial accomplishment here in America today. An electric car, is on its way to Mars. I watched two booster engines land themselves simultaneously. I watched the joy of the engineers as their work accomplished its demonstration of the power of our technology. This is the current generation’s SPUTNIK moment.
Baby boomers can just barely remember what Sputnik did to transform for our culture, but many of us chose science and engineering and technology careers. Today, we all had the chance to see a similar watershed for technology, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial spirit, and that it is cool again.
The existential joy of engineering is alive and well, and it has just sent a red car hurtling towards a rendezvous with the red planet.
…to be continued
Link to video Space X Falcon Heavy Launch– start at 4:14:24 to start with the launch
Photocredits: for Landing and Circuit board: Joshua Andrade (J Meauho Andrade on Facebook)
You don’t need a degree in Organic Chemistry to understand the differences in your shops’ metalcutting fluid base oils and what they mean to you.
A recent discussion on PMPA’s member’s only Technical Listserve centered around the issue of foaming in our machines and its relation to the type of cutting oil selected for use in our CNC and Swiss machines.
John Wiley, Business Development Manager for PMPA Technical Member Qualichem, Inc. contributed a nice piece of sensemaking regarding the role that the selection of base oil plays in the foaming we encounter on the machine.
“In this picture you can clearly see the differences in a base oil’s tendency to foam. These are pure base oils, nothing added. Poly Alpha Olefin (PAO) and Gas To Liquid (GTL) synthetics are identical, while the two mineral oils foam considerably more than the synthetic stocks. If you are a shop that has yet to experiment with new cutting oil technology, now is the time. The benefits are firmly within your budgets. If you are doing medical work, the GTL oils are ideal. If you are running lights out operations, the GTL are ideal. If you want a cleaner shop, cleaner machines and cleaner parts, GTL is ideal.”
John went on to describe the scenarios where PAO’s and GTL’s would be expected to be the best choice for certain operations (like high pressure pumps) and applications, as well as compared the economics of PAO’s and GTL’s. Our members got actionable insight as to the effects of the base oil in their metalcutting fluids in terms of both performance and economics.
You may not know a lot about Organic Chemistry, but the photo above is worth a semester in class (as well as a thousand words!) to show us why now is the time to consider Synthetic base oils in our CNC and High Pressure coolant metalcutting operations.
Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust presented the agency’s preliminary list at the National Safety Congress and Expo on September 26.
Here are the Top Ten, along with the number of citations.
If you are just now reviewing your OSHA training performance, these standards would be a great place to start.
The items numbered 1910 are General Industry, those numbered 1926 are Construction.
Photo courtesy Staffing Talk
The BLS’s Employment Population Ratio was 60.1 in March 2017, its first time back over 60% since February 2009.
This indicator actually shows what it purports to, unlike the U-3 (headline) Unemployment rate.
The U-3 Unemployment rate may actually fall if workers give up looking for work, as the labor market falters. As the labor market is recovering, the U-3 unemployment rate can rise because more people are re- entering the labor force as they start to look for work again.
The Employment-Population ratio, because it is unaffected by voluntary changes in labor force participation, is a useful indicator of current labor market conditions. Lows in the employment-to- population ratio correspond with economic downturns. The employment-to-population ratio holds clear and discernible implications for the labor market, both among and between segments of the population.
The Employment-Population ratio is a useful indicator. And currently, a positive one.
Actually, a million thank yous! Thanks to readers like you, SPEAKINGOFPRECISIONBLOG has over 1,000,000 views.
Our first post was from June 30, 2009 and remains as relevant to day as it did then: 5 Reasons to choose a Career in Precision Machining
We’ve come quite a way since that very first post!
What do you like?
Our post on The Difference Between Accuracy and Precision Measurement in Your Machine Shop is our most popular with 44,445 views.
Hardness vs. Hardenability- There is a Difference is our second most popular post at 35,780 views.
5 Facts About Manganese in Steel, 7 Causes for Quench Cracking of Steel, and Why Manufacturing is the Right Career Choice- DATA! all came in between 21,000 and 30,000 views each.
Average number of times a post gets seen on PMPASPEAKINGOFPRECISIONBLOG: 1048 times.
1,000,000 is an aspirational number. How many of us get to measure anything that we do in quantities of millions? (Actually, all of our shops do, they call it “normal production!”)
But as an individual, as someone sharing knowledge and experience- 1,000,000 views; 1,000,000 shares of information; 1,000,000 human to human connections- that is an unexpected and very satisfying validation.
Thank you for spending a small part of your day with me here at my blog.
Together, we’ll continue to make sense of the the issues that make a difference to all of us in North American Manufacturing.
Especially Precision Machining.
Do I believe in the power of social media to help us connect and share?
You bet I do! 1,000,000 times YES!
Tooting Own Horn photo credit.
Decarburization on surface layers can affect heat treatment and hardness attained on parts. Decarburization also provides evidence of where in a process a defect or imperfection occurred.
Most defects in steel workpieces encountered in our precision machine shops are longitudinal in nature. While their presence alone is enough to concern us, for the purposes of corrective action, it becomes important to identify where in the process the longitudinal imperfection first occurred. Visual examination alone is not enough to confirm the source. Did it occur prior to rolling? During rolling? After rolling? Understanding decarburization and how it presents in a sample can help us to identify where and when in the process the imperfection first occurred.
The question that we want to answer as part of our investigation is usually “When in the process did the defect first occur?” Looking at decarburization and any subscale present can help us answer that question with authority.
What is Decarburization?
“Decarburization is the loss of carbon from a surface layer of a carbon containing alloy due to reaction with one or more chemical substances in a medium that contacts the surface.”– Metals Handbook Desk Edition
The carbon and alloy steels that we machine contain carbon. In the photo above, the carbon is contained in the pearlite (darker) grains. The white grains are ferrite. In an etched sample, decarburization surrounding a defect is identified as a layer of ferrite with very little, or none of the darker pearlitic structure typically seen in the balance of the material. The black intrusion in the photo above is the mount material that has filled in the crevice of the seam defect.
What is Subscale?
Subscale is a reaction product of Oxygen from the atmosphere with various alloying elements as a result of time at high temperatures. The presence or absence of the subscale is the indicator that helps us to pinpoint the origin of the defect. For a subscale to be present, the time at temperature must be sufficient for oxygen to diffuse and react with the material within the defect. According to Felice and Repp, 2250 degrees F and fifteen minutes is necessary to develop an identifiable subscale. Lower temperatures would require longer times. Typically rolling mill reheat cycles offer plenty of time to develop a subscale in a prior existing defect. However, for defects that are created during rolling, the limited time at temperature and the decreasing temperatures on cooling make formation of subscales unlikely.
Reading Decarb and Subscale to Understand the Defect
Decarburization is time and temperature dependent. This means that its relative depth and severity are clues as to time at temperature, though interpretation requires experience and understanding of the differences in appearance from grade to grade based on Carbon content.
If the decarburization is symmetrical this is an indication that the defect was present in billet or bloom prior to reheat and rolling. oxygen in the high temperature atmosphere of the reheat furnace depletes the carbon equally from both sides of the pre-existing defect.
Decarburization that is obviously asymmetrical indicates that the defect is mechanical in nature and was induced some time during the hot rolling process.
Ferrite fingers are a surface quality problem that is associated with longitudinal bar defects. During reheat, a defect in the bllom or billet is exposed to high temperature atmosphere, forming decarburization and subscale around the defect. Rolling partially closes or “welds shut” the crack. However, a trail of of subscale is entrained in a formation of almost pure ferrite which has been depleted of pearlite, carbon and alloy by the reaction at elevated temperature. This trapped scale remains a potential oxygen source, driving further internal oxidation and decarburization if temperatures remain high.
Continuous improvement requires taking root cause corrective action. Obviously identifying the root cause is critical. When we encounter longitudinal linear defects in our steel products, using a micro to characterize the nature of the decarburization and presence or absence of sub scale or ferrite fingers are important evidence as to when, where, and how in the process the defect originated.