My father ran central maintenance at a Dupont facility for 43 years. He dealt with all manners of broken equipment and machinery, last minute changes, and production schedules. Dupont products; Teflon, Zytel, Delrin, and Butacite are still part of my lexicon. Primarily, dad worked with the mechanical engineering team. That team was responsible for design input to manufacturing processes equipment. Improving efficiency, increasing safety…think guards over moving shafts, HVAC fume evacuation, testing pressure relief valves, etc.
Often, his team would receive work orders for physical upgrades to processes or machinery; increased scale, improved throughput, safer process, etc. The challenge with most of these designs was the caveat of certain design parameters. The most common was ’dimensions to be field verified.‘ Getting through the CAD files and the specs, what this really said was that the design engineer had never actually put eyes on the very thing they were trying to improve. The whole process hinged on the skill of the mechanic tasked with installation to bend, fit, or nuance the job at its endpoint. This had a host of problems, as can be imagined.
Facts and assumptions are two very dissimilar things. One of my father’s mentors responsible for a portion of the engineering team had a habit of asking about almost everything: “How do you know? Did you see it? Did you measure it? Do you really understand what you think you do?”
Mark Twain famously said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
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