Production Machining

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Helping Precision Machine Shops Be More ProducĂčve and Proftable 20 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: SEPTEMBER 2018 Truckload Shipping 101 Letter to a New Machinist Continued from page 19 Continued from page 17 heat treatment and welding, too. I know you have some experience with welding, and this may expand your capabilities a bit. The sections on nonferrous materials, plating and weights of materials will come in handy for you as well. The section on surface texture has been important to my work, helping people understand what they can and cannot expect from a process despite what the engineer says he needs and the purchasing agent wants to pay for. As a machinist, you should have a strong knowledge of what surface finishes you are creating in your various processes. Why is it more difficult to get a smoother finish on a drilled hole than on a turned OD surface? As a machinist, you will start to notice that people will come to you with their problems. Many times, they are about weights or measures, such as how to convert millimeters or kilograms to pounds. The back of the book has these factors handy. I made a spreadsheet with a couple hundred of these so I don't have to turn to the book, as long as I'm near my computer. Now you have almost every conversion factor that you might need at hand. Sometimes, as a machinist, you will encounter a problem that you need to solve for yourself. Here's how I use "Machinery's Handbook" when that happens: I go to the very back of the book to the index. And then I look up the process, tool, material, other things that might be involved such as work holding, toolholding and lubricants. Are my speeds and feeds appropriate? The index gives me a structured way to reconsider my process. I'll review some of those processes in my next letter. dard sized pallets)? Or will it need a flatbed, refrigerated or other specialty type of trailer? 3. Commodity. A basic description of the shipment contents will help get the most accurate quote. 4. Shipment value. Typical legal liability coverage tops out at $100,000 per trailer, and there is no longer any federal requirement for carriers to carry insurance. So, a company will want to make sure it is sufficiently covered. Hopefully, the above information helps create better understanding of truckload shipping, the basics of when to use it and how to get the best quote. PMPA members have free access to PartnerShip's truckload brokerage department, who are committed to matching a shipment to the right carrier at the right price. YOURCAREERFACTS.COM PMPASPEAKINGOFPRECISION.COM 2 GREAT BLOGS! Last, because of the direct delivery nature of truckload shipments, carriers don't need to have additional overhead such as terminals, which limits capital investments and results in generally lower costs. Quoting In order to get the best quote, it's imperative to have the following information squared away before setting out to get a bid. 1. The basics. Pick up and drop off locations, any date or delivery time requirements, how much weight, how it's packaged and how many individual pieces. 2. Type of equipment needed. Can a delivery be shipped via a standard dry van (up to 44,000 pounds or 26 stan -

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