Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Gerald Davis

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Gerald Davis Design and Consulting

Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 6

June 8, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the sixth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They had been talking about the contract period when doubts were raised about what his sales force was really selling.At just that moment, a line of hikers passed by on their...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 5

May 4, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fifth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about throughput and the time line of money."Now that you know the main events in the time line of money, your chore is to figure out how to make each...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 4

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fourth episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about customers and the time line of money.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 3

March 11, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the third episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about cash flow and the time line of money.I continued watching the beavers as they worked on their good dam. I realized the poetic similarity between...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 2

February 26, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the second episode of a mountaintop dialog between Gerald and a wise business guru. Gerald has just been told that he has not been adept at the three critical management responsibilities – cash flow, policy, and enforcement.I glared at my adviser. He glared back without...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 1

January 13, 2004

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Prevailing economic conditions have put me in a funk. It seems that the last time I really knew what I was doing as a business manager was in 1995. At that time my job shop was reporting profits, our machinery was in excellent condition, and our major customers were forecasting solid growth. I...

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Mixed Metals Reactions

April 10, 2003

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Under controlled conditions, aluminum and steel powders can be mixed to create a chemical reaction to produce heat for welding. If you mix these materials under uncontrolled conditions, you will want to call the fire department.

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Production economics

September 26, 2002

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Communicate your production economics in meaningful ways to your clients. Be clear about how you measure performance and regulate processes.

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Keeping peace and harmony with yourself, with your staff

August 29, 2002

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Balance in all aspects of a manager's life and mutual respect between bosses and employees may be key to a successful business. Obsession, intensity, burning desire, and high energy are fueled by fun, recognition, income, and the responsible exercise of authority.

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Some 'near-jig' ideas

July 25, 2002

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In-process sampling and between-process checks can prevent problems at the production stage. Although using an inspection jig can be costly, some testing approaches that are not as rigorous as using an inspection jig are: stacking and blocking a sheared batch in order to scan the batch for variations; weighing castings; touring a customer's facility; and doing small batch inspections.

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Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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Emotional thrills

February 28, 2002

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When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it is supposed to be fun and will last only a frew minutes. The job shop you're working in isn't supposed to be anything like a rollercoaster ride.

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An industry perspective

February 14, 2002

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On the positive side, job shops continue to be innovative and improve productivity; materials and software are improving; entry-level positions normally can be filled.

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Punching tips

December 13, 2001

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The author discusses what not to do to manage slug ejection. He mentions several tooling maintenance errors that he has made over the years, as well as what machine operators can do if they want to experience slug ejection difficulties. He concludes by stating that the easiest solution to slug management is to keep the tooling in good condition and to use the correct die clearance for the material.

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Design tips for sheet metal: Bend relief, small holes, hole distortion near bends, and minimum flange widths

October 25, 2001

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The article discusses making small holes and when to use a punch or laser cutter, inside radius measurements and how they differ depending on whether you are coining or air bending on a press brake, and adding bend relief to prevent tearing material.

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