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Tool and Die: Session 5

This next session was spent with Warren, the Quality Assurance person. Quality is very important to the Shop, which is why they were ISO 9001:2008 certified . This certification must be renewed every three years. Annual audits review the Shop’s manufacturing procedures and testing records. Warren says they are dedicated to following the policies, procedures, and customer specifications […]

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Wolcott, CT

Tool and Die: Session 4

Today’s session will feature Shipping/Receiving activities. This part of the shop is controlled by John and actually involves two areas: shipping/receiving and a material storage area. The storage area, as the name suggests, is where most of the product material stocks are stored. A variety of raw materials are used during the deep draw manufacturing […]

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Wolcott, CT

Tool and Die: Session 3

After a conversation I had with Michele, the bookkeeper, and Paul, the president, I decided that I would try to highlight the production of the Shop’s biggest product, the eyelet used in the Ziggity  watering systems for chickens. Approximately eight million pieces of this are produced annually for the customer. That means there is at […]

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Wolcott, CT

Tool and Die: Session 2

The second session started with a tour of the Tool Room. This is Dave’s room since he is responsible for making any new or replacement punches, dies, or gauges as they wear or break. Here is a sample of what the room looks like. The room is made up of a series of machines used […]

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Wolcott, CT

Tool and Die: Session 1

Today was the day I visited the shop to begin my work. There are six employees and two administrative. After my friend took me around to meet the guys, he left me with Mike, one of the toolmakers, who gave me a tour of the shop and necessary background information that describes its high-level purpose […]

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