Hey guys, Rick here from Elijah Tooling.
Today I want to show you something that generally manufacturers don't really want to share with the rest of the world but, we are going to do it anyway.
So, I have got this vise, this is our Flexvise™, we sell it as a robust product and the fact is I am holding a broken one.
You really cannot tell it but if you zoom in you can see that it is cracked right here. What happened was that during the process of machining, the tool broke. The machine, itself, threw the tool and kept pushing the part, it kept pushing it along till finally, it broke the pusher.
That is pretty fascinating because the tool broke but nothing else flew apart, nothing else broke other than the fact that we have a cracked pusher which can be replaced all by itself.
Everything else on the Flexvise™ is great, it is just the pusher that needs to be replaced. So, I am thinking that this is actually pretty cool! I was proud of this Flexvise™ we didn't destroy the machine, we didn't destroy the spindle. We didn't destroy anything and it wasn't even our fault; it was the fault of the tool that broke.
Just wanted to share this with you all today. Thank you for your time!
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On today’s podcast, we interview Rick Miller, owner, and co-founder of Elijah Tooling, a company that sells innovative CNC work holding equipment. Rick has a knack for coming up with unique products and has several patents in the work holding sector. He says that innovative ideas are vital for success but getting customers to buy into those ideas is what makes for a successful business.
Question: What tool would you like to see invented?
So what we're going to do, is we're going to load our vices, we're going to load a part, we're going to probe it in, we're going to cut it. And then, we're going to go to the next step; which is to load our trunnion, load it, load a part and start it up. What's the point? Well, we're trying to show you how fast you can load and unload your parts of course. And then, also how fast it is to bring the trunnion in, and precisely locate it; get it into place and start machining with it.