Making Sure Your Products Are Up to Specs

December 8th, 2016

As an executive in a manufacturing facility involved in building rotating machines, I can tell you there is no room for error. These are enormous devices used in heavy industrial facilities and it’s absolutely imperative they meet measurement specs, by using vibration transducers, down to the millimeter. If you don’t use a this device, an improperly calibrated rotater can destroy expensive machines as well as damage the factory. In many cases, a rotating machine that isn’t up to code can kill a worker.

I’m only talking about this situation because the owners of our plant decided to cut costs by putting out a contract overseas for a batch of rotating machines. The savings looked great on the books, but there is a troubling trend of playing fast and loose with the measurements in other places. Inspection of said devices overseas is also a problem in that it is virtually non-existent. They just ship the stuff and let the chips fall where they may. This isn’t a problem with clothing or toys perhaps, but as stated above it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to industrial equipment.

What is scary is that they almost slipped through inspection because no one thought anything more than a cursory examination would suffice to prove these pieces were up to snuff. It was only by accident the problem was discovered. The measurements were off by about two centimeters, surely enough to cause a massive disaster that might have killed people or caused millions of dollars in damages. Fortunately we had reliable vibration transducers on hand to machine the parts to fix the issues. You simply can’t skimp on safety and if not for these transducers, I think the consequences would have been devastating. At the very least make sure you’ve got the equipment to make sure disaster does not follow.

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