THE 30-INCH VIEW® BLOG

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August 29th, 2014

Here’s How They Fixed That – Week 6

The job we highlighted this week was the entry “Bull Gear Deburring” from the 2011 Find It – Fix It Challenge. Prior to the improvement, the operator had to lift a 400 lb gear multiple times to deburr (a finishing method in which rough edges of metal are smoothed) it. Because the gear was in a horizontal position, the operator had to bend over to grind the edges off  the gear teeth.

"After" Photo

“After” Photo

Let’s see how they fixed that job!

Solution Description:

The company created a fixture to hold the gear in a vertical position. Mounting the fixture on a portable, adjustable table allows the associate to perform the work more comfortably.

Be sure to come back next week for the next round of  “How’d They Fix That?”

 

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