Transformation – Part 9 C

October 19, 2017

In our first few posts, we indicated the team-work effort between Quad Plus engineering, management, CAD, and the shop. There is no limit set for introducing one’s ideas or giving recommendations. At Quad Plus, all ideas and recommendations are encouraged, valued, and taken into consideration.

Transformation-Part 9-C

So, what about our “bodies?” Don’t they deserve some attention? What about the physical pain that may develop from repeatedly carrying heavy objects? That alone is a long story that we don’t even want to start. Just imagine the physical problems someone might get from doing this over and over again for each project. For that and many other reasons, a size study should always be performed first. Too bad the size study performance method is not so pleasant.

Well, after confirming the size fits nicely, Dave uses a black marker to mark all spots on the panel that need to be drilled for attaching din-rails and other components and parts.

Imagine some measurements turn out inaccurate or maybe a few holes are off center. It is a possibility and it did happen in the past. Just to avoid disastrous results where panels may end up thrown away, whoever does this work needs to be very careful and very precise with these measurements.  

Overall, we can tell this process requires a great amount of time and effort. Hold on, there is one more thing to consider. Sometimes, parts do fit on the panel but the enclosures turn out not deep enough to fit the mounted components. Wow! What happens in this case?

Do we adjust the project to make it fit – hahaha – that is impossible. Um…, do we return the small panels and the enclosures and ordered larger ones? Well, Dave is saying that we never return parts that don’t fit our requirements. We usually keep them for future use and we order others that work better. This usually happens after we build a “rough draft version” of the project with no wiring connections, just to make sure parts fit as required. That is a lot to put up with, isn’t it? You guys go through a hassle before things are figured out for you.

Oops, we kind of got off topic here. Let’s go back to the work process before we lose you. To start the process of drilling, we first use a “Center Punch” to create dimples where the holes will be drilled. Once the small center points are punched, we can start drilling the pilot holes. However, it is recommended that a drop of all-purpose oil is placed on each hole location to facilitate the process of drilling.

Now, we are ready to use a drill to drill the final holes. Make sure to use the correct size bit to drill the pilot holes, then switch to a tap for each hole. When all holes are drilled and tapped, check and clean the panel surface from the oil and any remaining dirt or dust that might have been collected during the above process. We are now ready to attach the parts in the correct order and then start wiring to finalize the panel’s work.  

Pain, frustration, and time consuming! 

Years have passed with Dave and his staff at the shop dealing with this method of ordering the project back panels and enclosures along with all projects’ parts before they knew if the parts, the panels, and the enclosures worked together nicely to complete the project’s requirements.  

This was never a pleasant work to deal with, especially, when we had to deal with larger projects that required up to 18-door enclosures that were full of electrical parts. We are talking here about blowers, air conditions, circuit breakers, PLC’s, drives, control units, terminals, and a lot more.

Not fun…at all! Are there any solutions that will help us avoid this tiring and frustrating work? Certainly! There must be a better or easier way to do this work.

Well, here comes the CAD Department Development work. Yeay!!!     

In our first few posts, we indicated the team-work effort amongst Quad Plus engineering, management, CAD, and the shop. There is no limit set for introducing one’s ideas or giving recommendations. At Quad Plus, all ideas and recommendations are encouraged, valued, and taken into consideration.

From that perspective, Quad Plus employees started looking for solutions. The idea of using AutoCAD software to do size studies was initiated as it might be a good starting point to try. The transitioning between the old and the new methods of doing this job has brought up amazing results that we are very excited to share with you next.

Dave witnessed our development and indicated he appreciated all the work the CAD Department put into the development of size studies, which saved him and everyone that worked with him a lot of time, pain, and frustration in several different ways.

We hope that our field trip was enjoyable and that you benefited from the information we presented to you during our trip.

Let’s get together in transformation-Part 10 where the second field trip is going to take place. We will look forward to sharing with you how the CAD Department developed the size studies’ task and what effect did this development had on Quad Plus’s Shop as well as Quad Plus work and production in general. 

Make sure to be there on time for a free transportation to the shop. we promise you a lot of fun during our second field trip. See you then…