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    Sounds like it ran for a good long time. Most places we service don't seem to want to deal with the idea that equipment has an end time and generally only replace it after catastrophic failure or a long run of repeated downtime and repairs.

    The main exception is data centers ("the cloud"). They have ridiculous redundancy.

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    My experience (I'm a retired machinist) was something like: a customer brings in a part, and says "I need one of these, only not worn out and not broken." Our answer: "You can have it Fast, Cheap, or Right: pick 2." It never ceased to amaze me how many people wanted all 3, and couldn't understand why they couldn't have it.
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    A side story to this event: I am on the two to three year retirement countdown so any time and money the Company spends on Education or training for me will have a limited return. They have brought is a guy in his 40's to groom for the job when I ride into the Sunset. He has has some intensive training in creating Excel spread sheets and charts which look pretty but don't actually make the Stockroom run better. They are also letting him take on some of the "other tasks required" part of the job and he has been very willing.. Today about lunch time he was sent on a run to pick up some electrical components that will be needed when the motor/impeller is re installed. He returned as I was getting ready to leave exasperated and grumbling "I guess the whole company's future rests on my shoulders, I didn't ask for all this $$%^& responsibility". As I walked out I was thinking "actually you did Grasshopper"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvinsc View Post
    ...I think it just reached the end if it's life span in a spectacular way.....
    Just hoping I can do the same.
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    I worked for Boeing for 25 years as a machinist, with my last 10 in a work sell, the first of it’s kind. There was a family of parts for the 767 that had a bad quality record, and they brought 6 of us together to fix it. After 3 months, scrapping all the old tooling and bringing in 2, 5 axis cnc mills we were ready to try out the “brand new” programs.
    Now you have to realize that it takes a couple weeks to calibrate and set up one of these mills. Anyway a new program was loaded into the machine, checked, a part loaded. Now that is a misnomer, the part at this time was nothing more than a piece of heat treatable steel 20” long, 14” wide and 4” thick clamped in dovetail clamps. The first operation is a probe that comes out in the spindle and locates the part. The next operation is a 3” inserted drill that drills a hole through the thickness of the part.

    What happened was, a 3” jogger was selected out of the tool chain and driven into the block of steel at 200” a min. With no hole being drilled. The crash that it made shut down the entire building it was so loud. After another 2 weeks we were ready to try again. An investigation was held and the programmer had to be at the machine for any new programs or changes. After that the only things that got crashed were the $2,500 probes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvinsc View Post
    A side story to this event: I am on the two to three year retirement countdown so any time and money the Company spends on Education or training for me will have a limited return. They have brought is a guy in his 40's to groom for the job when I ride into the Sunset.

    "I guess the whole company's future rests on my shoulders, I didn't ask for all this $$%^& responsibility". As I walked out I was thinking "actually you did Grasshopper"!
    There seems to be a pervading attitude these days that "Nice people shouldn't be expected to do that" (Accepting responsibility) You pass that off to your underlings!
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    Way off base Lab, He came in wanting to be a star and I Graciously am letting him.
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    Me to the engineer after listening to a long winded explanation of why what was busted wasn't his fault ..... " Chief.... Could we change this conversation a tad to " Yup I can fix it " or " Call the office, we need to be towed in " ......
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    There have been several times at various points in my career when I'm very busily fixing something that just broke, and keep getting interrupted and delayed by manglement types demanding status updates and a firm ETA.

    I've learned to bark at them, ignore them, fix the damn issue, then go grab some Desitin and attempt to soothe the recipients of the butthurt I was forced to dispense.

    If it's possible, I'll recruit a go-between to run interference. And I've been privileged to work under a few people who had the brains to ask "what do you need?" instead of "when will it be fixed?"

    And of course, there are plenty of idiots who ask "how can we make sure this isn't going to happen again?" Oh, I dunno, maybe... pay for the redundancy, monitoring, and maintenance that you've refused to pay for the last ten times you asked the same dumb question?
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    And you have nailed it Brian! LOL
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