IIGDT Newsletter April 2016
Business relationships Outside the US?

Bringing your suppliers into the GD&T fold is a valuable tool for any company that reaches beyond its border for products and services. When everyone in the production chain is speaking GD&T with the same understanding and intent, problems just become easier to identify and correct.

Today's design, manufacturing and quality engineers are faced with the seemingly impossible task of clearly communicating the increasing complexity of surface geometries. The challenge is heightened by the simultaneous reduction in feature tolerances needed to meet reduced size, weight, cost, and time to market targets. These trends are driving the need for unprecedented precision in all technical disciplines.

One of the many challenges we sometimes face with our suppliers is trying to get them to understand the requirements on our drawings. Internally we know we have our own set of challenges with our own people and processes. Here are a few questions the management team should ask:

  1. Do we have engineering drawings which do not optimally represent functional design intent?
  2. Do we have daily inefficiencies with employees not trained adequately to "optimally" do their job tasks?
  3. Do we have ongoing confusion and costly reactions by design, manufacturing & quality due to questionable measurement results?
  4. Do we continue to have multiple revisions to engineering drawings which impact all departments and delay time to market and ROI?
  5. Do we have challenges in meeting statistical capability expectations internally and externally? Do we have measurement software truly capable of analyzing measurement data correctly?
  6. Are we rejecting parts that work or accepting parts that do not work?
  7. Do we continually attempt to renegotiate tolerances with designers?

If the answer is yes to any of the questions above then what are the financial implications? $ $ $ $ $ $ $

To get to the bottom of these questions it’s essential we have our design, manufacturing and quality “team” fully trained in drawing interpretation, optimization and analysis. It would be tremendously valuable for us to hold a 5-day training session at your facility so we can fully bring our technical staff up to speed and also invite key members of our supplier base to join us.

Looking for information on in-house training programs? Drop us a note requesting information here.

IIGDT Seminar Series : May - June 2016
Minnesota and North Dakota Seminar Locations
Minneapolis, MN Intro to Mechanical Drawings & GD&T
May 2-6, 2016 GD&T—Intermediate Principles
  GD&T—Advanced Applications
Irvine, CA Executive Overview
May 16-18, 2016 GD&T—Intermediate Principles
Portland, OR GD&T—Advanced Applications
June 6-7, 2016  
Minneapolis, MN GD&T—Tolerance Optimization
June 13-14, 2016  

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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