There was an interesting talk given by Regina Dugan of DARPA on December 14, 2011 for the engineering students and social studies students at MIT titled; ”Just Make It” which of course is a ”take-off” literally on the Nike Brand theme; Just Do It! – in this talk she mentions an aircraft manufacturing company which works without assembly lines and has been able to increase time to build from start to finish by a factor of 2. Each aircraft stays put, the folks working on it move. Okay so, that makes sense, and Rolls Royce and other high-end auto manufacturers use similar techniques, as to many of the hand-crafted high-end specialty cars.
Manufacturing degree (or a degree in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering). Knowledge of Quality systems, such as Six Sigma, ISO 9001, TQM, Kaizen, etc. Manufacturing Robot Maintenance and Programming. CNC Machining (set-up, operation and programming)
Okay so, rather than running redline down the Six Sigma, TQM, and Finite Capacity Scheduling Model assembly line – why not really mix things up? Why not turn the three story assembly floor into a robotic Rubik’s Cube factory floor, which would operate like a robotic parking structure. An AI mathematical system could keep the system at optimum, and it would allow for all sorts of possibilities? Well, why not think on that for the next five-minutes and shoot me an email if you have any ideas along this line of thinking?
The H-base stand allows for accurate height adjustment, and provides stability, and allows the applicator to be used with an automated or conveyor system. This is needed if the applicator is to be used with the outer winder or re-winder.
”Re-inventing manufacturing” almost sounds like the mission statement of a Technocrat or Futurist looking to capture the utopian dream. Indeed, but why can’t we? After all, Henry Ford’s assembly line is a pretty old concept. Yes, certainly we have made incremental advances and yet, what about the proverbial ”OMG” revolutionary innovations, and ”leap-frogging” type paradigms shifts in the manufacturing sector? I guess we are still waiting for those aren’t we? We don’t have Star Trek assimilation machines yet, I suppose someday we will, and I hope the US is the nation to bring such dreams to fruition.