"We cut setup times from hours to minutes."
— Drew H. & Luca B. | Bombardier
"Our setups used to take 2 hours. With your modular fixtures it only takes 20 minutes or so."
— Larry B. & Pete L. | LMI Aerospace/Precise Machine
"We reduced our cycle time on one part from 8 hours to 12 minutes, using Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners."
— Jeff B. | Advanced Precision Machining Inc.
At Cessna, we eliminated over 90% of our dedicated tools by using Elijah Tooling's invert-a-bolt fasteners on a universal common modular fixture. This one fixture was able to run hundreds of different parts over the same tool. Granted, you need to tab or picture frame your part, but that's a small cost compared to the savings in tooling, storage, maintenance and retrieval. Plus, your bolts are always right there when you need them.
— CESSNA Employee - Review found on the forum of practicalmachinist.com
Today, I wanted to discuss the importance of never giving up on what you are trying to accomplish.
First, I want to introduce you to my youngest son Gabriel. I wanted to have him here so that I could not only discuss my learnings with you but also use this time to teach my son the importance of some of these concepts.
I want to discuss something important today, and I want to discuss it in light of an experience I had as a young man.