IIGDT Newsletter June 2014
Let's Start Talking

It is well known that multidisciplinary teams bring products to market quicker and more efficiently. But what if the individual team members came from different countries or different backgrounds and all spoke a different language? One word comes to mind – chaos!

The same can be said of product development teams communicating design intent. When each team member views design intent differently due to gaps in knowledge and interpretation of GD&T - chaos ensues!

Most managers at all levels have lacked a core understanding of the business implications these subjects have on product development timelines, product reliability/risk and supplier/customer interactions. The incorrect assumption by most managers is that all of their applicable employees have the necessary skill sets to adequately perform their job tasks at an adequate level. The key question to all managers should be "where and how would their employees have acquired these fundamental skill sets?" GD&T and measurement are not subjects taught at most universities and colleges and are not focus subjects in mechanical engineering (ME) programs. At best the ME is barely introduced to GD&T and even less on measurement. If the ME is not getting adequately trained in these areas then where and how are the remaining disciplines being adequately trained (technicians, tool makers, drafters, designers, quality, statisticians, etc)?

When design intent is clearly communicated products come to market faster and more profitably. Only a cross functional training model can bridge the communication gap between management, R&D and commercialization. Once adopted and spoken by the entire organization GD&T will revolutionize how your teams communicate. Solution = Effective GD&T Training at all Levels!

IIGDT Minnesota Seminar Series - August - October 2014
Minnesota Seminar Locations
Minneapolis, MN Intro to Mechanical Drawings & GD&T
August 4-8 GD&T—Intermediate Principles
  GD&T—Advanced Applications
Minneapolis, MN Introduction to Dimensional Metrology
September 8-11 Applied Dimensional Metrology
Santa Clara, CA Executive Overview
September 17  
Minneapolis, MN Measurement Uncertainty
September 17-18  
Fargo, ND GD&T—Intermediate Principles
October 6-9 GD&T—Advanced Applications

If you would like to host a Seminar Series within your community or your company, please contact Dr. Greg Hetland for more information.

For our full schedule, visit our GD&T Seminar Schedule Page!

GD&T Training Models

In-House Training Tools

Bringing GD&T training programs into your company provides a valuable tool in the understanding of GD&T across all departments. IIGDT offers three GD&T Models Sets to assist in the on-going training that demonstrate the application of GD&T, visit the iigdt.com products page to learn more about the valuable training tools.

IIGDT GD&T Training Models

Dr. Greg Hetland

Phone: (612) 670-9311
Fax: (612) 395-5405



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