While things are slow fix what’s broke

December 29th, 2008


Looking for a silver lining in these slower economic times? Now is a good time to put in infrastructure in place to prevent the headaches you often run into when you are busy.

Think back to a recent time when you were doing 80 hour work weeks. How could this be prevented [okay lessened]? Perhaps there is some engineering overhead you could reduce….

  • Looking for files…then once you found them, trying to determine if you had the latest and greatest?
  • Printing and folding drawings?
  • Getting corrections to the shop floor (or fixing mistakes when they didn’t get there in time)?
  • Trying to find management to sign off on your change notice?
  • Entering BOM information into your purchasing system?
  • Making copies of files to send to suppliers?

The solution may include implementing a PDM system, writing some macros to automate repetitive tasks, adding more features to your feature library, improve your SolidWorks settings, increase your purchased part library, taking a SolidWorks class…

Let’s face it if you aren’t making product, it costs you money. Now is a good time to streamline the way you do things. Every change involves planning, implementation, and a learning curve. All of these are more pleasant to go through if you do not have a deadline looming.

You have to spend money to make money. I’m the Engineering Data Specialist Man, and I am here to help.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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One Response to “While things are slow fix what’s broke”

  1. Anna Wood says:

    Jeff,

    Great advice! We are still waiting for a slow down, but expect that 2009 will have a slow period. I have a list of special projects all set to do if the slow down does hit.

    Cheers,

    Anna

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