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Machining journals

Question: What is a machining journal? Answer: A machining journal is a daily log that records the many aspects of your workday in detail. I’ve used machining journals since the beginning of my career as a machinist. I cannot tell … Continue reading

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Machinist training

Where to start? This is such a broad subject matter and no one answer will truly fit all situations. I’ve been in the San Diego area for over 17 years. In that time, I’ve encountered very few machinists who have … Continue reading

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Kaizen, Six Sigma and 5S… Why they tend to fail.

What is Kaizen, Six Sigma and 5S? More importantly, why do these programs tend to fail? Basically, all of these terms refer to a philosophy of continuous improvement and working practices, set in place to remove clutter, improve quality, and … Continue reading

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“Where do you guys all hang out?”

“Where do you guys all hang out?” That was the question I was asked a few years ago by a young female recruiter for a large temporary agency. She had called on day when I wasn’t too terribly busy at … Continue reading

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