I got a second job working at a company called RAM, thought I would tell you guys because ironically they make high end solenoid valves. Although I don't think my background in potato launchers is going to help me much. And its not like they have them lying around.
I work on an assembly line making sorting "flippers" used on the postal services sorting equipment. Current order is 100,000 and they have keep coming.
So each product has 7 bolts, and a lock washer, and flat washer have to be added to each one. So that means 2-3 peoples full time job is to put these washer on the bolts. Similar to this:
So currently I am trying to figure out a machine to do this automatically. After talking to coworkers I found out they were considering a 30-40 thousand dollar robot to do it, but were worried about its return. WOW!
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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp
United States Army
United States Postal Service
University of Hawaii
700 Series Aircraft
International Space Station & Space Shuttle
Abrams M1A1 Tank
Postal Sorting Machinery
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