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A subreddit for anyone in the manufacturing industry. Content is very diverse: you'll find videos, articles and self posts just to name a few.

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    Chemical inventory tracking in manufacturing process.

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    2024/07/08
    02:54 UTC

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    Where do i go to be a freelance consultant?

    I've been up and down the internet to find a platform to manufacturing consultanting. I truly don't know the most promising route? Freelancer . Com is tough to beat as many of them are international with substantially lower rates and I can justify going that low to make it worth my time. Maybe I'm a little too prideful. I have over 12 years in manufacturing, design, Machining, automation manufacturing for BIW, paint, and battery manufacturing for EVs. How can someone like myself that is outgoing, a people person, easy to talk to, serious when needed, hardworking, and so on find clientele to freelance manufacturing consultanting. One of my biggest fears is to promote this on something like LinkedIn or Facebook where my coworkers can see that I'm trying to pursue this and bring it up to my managers. I don't want to this to become a conflict of interest and get shut down before it even goes anywhere. I'm trying to be really strategic and define a plan before I make even more effort on this journey. I work one of the largest automotive manufacturers globally and I'm really making sure I don't rough the waters at my "dream" job. Simply looking to make more money for my family and truly capitalize on my skills to the fullest. Thanks for your time in advance!

    7 Comments
    2024/07/07
    23:07 UTC

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    Speculative - Looking for British manufacturers!

    Just a speculative post wondering if there are any British manufacturers in here creating bespoke or innovative products for workplaces/schools/gyms/factories/warehouses etc.

    If so and you would like an ecommerce distributor to market your products with, I'd be interested in a chat.

    It can be highly difficult to get your products off the ground, I know that myself from dealing with manufacturers at trade shows etc.

    This isn't purely self promotion, as the company I founded actively promotes British manufacturing which these days is not as profound as it once was unfortunately.

    If this isnt allowed I do apologise, but hoping to connect with like minded people in a wide range of industries across the UK

    3 Comments
    2024/07/06
    19:36 UTC

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    Supply versus Return in cooling/regulation system. The top is a drawn picture of what I saw. There is a throttle valve in the loop for the coolant circulator. Would this not cause problems? I would think it would need to be like the bottom with separate supply and return lines. What is the best?

    2 Comments
    2024/07/06
    15:11 UTC

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    Why are some products made through a contracted manufacturer and others are made by the company itself?

    A car is assembled specific factory, owned and run by the company. But shoes are often contracted out to a manufacturer that makes shoes for multiple companies.

    How is it decided what type of manufacturing a company will use?

    27 Comments
    2024/07/06
    14:34 UTC

    7

    “Manufacturing operations for dummies” book?

    I want to learn about manufacturing and how a manufacturing site is run.

    I’m looking for a book for newbies that explains the basics of manufacturing operations. Key terms and concepts, functions and processes, KPI and how they are being used, best practices and industry standards, etc. Basically a book that allows a newbie to walk through a manufacturing site without looking completely lost but having some “aha” moments

    10 Comments
    2024/07/05
    07:22 UTC

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    Where can I find a company to make 100% High Quality custom Clothes?

    I just want to be able to make custom dress shirts of high quality, and other products. How can I find a supplier? Very new to this

    3 Comments
    2024/07/05
    04:06 UTC

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    Swing Shift as Maintenance engineer...

    The hours are 3:30 pm to 2 am Mon thru Thurs. Three days off.

    First off, just from a strictly work / getting things done perspective... is it even fun / productive to work those hours? My only experience w/ night shift manufacturing was that it is WAY less productive than day. If something went wrong, the employees just basically stopped working because no one was around to ask questions to, etc. If you needed a part, good luck. I was a daytime mech engr, but from time to time we had to work a project 24/7 next to the customer rep which meant I had to go the shop during off times.

    I am looking at this position because the concept of the job really excites me, but the idea of working in a dead zone morale or employee motivation wise really turns me off.

    Did I have a bad previous experience or is this the typical off shift experiences?

    3 Comments
    2024/07/04
    17:11 UTC

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    starting a jewelry business

    I'm planning to start a gold & silver plated Indian/Pakistani jewelry business (no stones or pearls).

    gold: brass/copper alloy with 18k gold plating silver: brass/copper alloy with 925 silver plating

    I have a good handle on branding, designing, and marketing. I'm not a jewelry maker, so I would love to be directed towards some custom jewelry manufacturers that I can contact to help bring my designs to life. Ideally I want a manufacturer in Pakistan/India who is familiar with this type of jewelry, but I'm willing to look into other countries as well. Any help would be appreciated!

    0 Comments
    2024/07/03
    17:24 UTC

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    Middlemen looking for right percentage

    Middlemen looking for right percentage

    I'm new to import export and going to lock some deals for exporter in vegetable and cerals but idk what's market rates or right percentage to take as commision can anyone help?

    0 Comments
    2024/07/04
    02:47 UTC

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    Info on lathe and milling machines by Louzhong

    Are they worth it to get? We are looking to buy one of each machines purely to supply spare parts for the main production.

    Models are CW6280E for the lathe and X5028 for the milling machine

    Anything helps, thank you

    0 Comments
    2024/07/04
    06:09 UTC

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    Question: Chemical substance to maintain chrome-coated machine piece.

    Hi all,

    My father and I run a factory manufactures polyethylene pipe (PE pipe).

    We use lines of extruding machine for production. The dice is chrome-coated, and often times when we get defectives it is due to impurities accumulated over time.

    Currently, when we spot defectives, we just brush the chrome-coated dice in a premitive manner.

    Is there any chemical substance that can prevent from impurities while not deteriorating the quality of polyethylene resin?

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,

    2 Comments
    2024/07/04
    01:55 UTC

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    What design is this called?

    I’m looking to start a clothing brand and loved the design of this. What is this called?

    2 Comments
    2024/07/04
    01:05 UTC

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    Vespel

    I need to acquire some Vespel, I don't need a lot, I understand theres a few different kinds. I would be interested in getting some 1mm or so thick sheets, I could probably use scraps.

    I'd like to get some with and without the graphite integrated in it.

    Does anyone know where I could source 1mm sheets or cut off pieces about 1inch by 1inch by 1mm??

    Any insight is appreciated!!

    13 Comments
    2024/07/03
    19:31 UTC

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    Sauce packets

    Hello! I’m trying to find a manufacturer of sauce packets, who can print labels, fill, from start to finish. Does anyone have any recommendations or contacts they can share? Thank you!!

    2 Comments
    2024/07/03
    19:27 UTC

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    Can someone find the manufacturer of this shirt from this tag code?

    Is there

    2 Comments
    2024/07/03
    17:05 UTC

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    Does anyone know of a manufacturer that can make me custom silver buttons/detailing for my clothing brand? (Picture for example)

    1 Comment
    2024/07/03
    16:37 UTC

    1

    Mass produced silicone moulds for fondant and gumpaste?

    I am looking to manufacture silicone moulds for fondant used to decorate cakes and cookies. They're readily available in most Chinese trading websites (Alibaba, etc.) and for extremely low prices.

    Being familiar with the manual process of making silicone moulds (and the prices of food-grade silicone rubber), I found these prices a little TOO low, even for the Chinese market.

    It seems obvious there are machines used for mass-producing them, but having held some of the produced moulds in my hand they don't seem clean enough to have been produced by a machine (specially the pink ones), and they weigh a bit so in terms of material cost of food-grade stuff it seems to be sold for even less than that.

    So my question is I guess, anyone familiar with the process can point me in the right direction of the sort of machines and rubber materials used for making such moulds?

    3 Comments
    2024/07/03
    11:07 UTC

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    Can you do electroless plating for restoring old brass razors?

    As a side hustle I'm trying to restore vintage safety razors. These all have old, corroded nickel plating. I'm looking to remove and replate vintage razors. These are made of brass. every plating video I see is electroplating.

    Can I do electroless plating?

    4 Comments
    2024/07/03
    03:46 UTC

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    3D Scanning / Modeling

    I'm looking for someone located in the US, ideally the eastern US who normally conducts 3D scanning, modeling and reverse engineering for mold making and or 3D printing.

    Preferably using fusion 360 as that's what I'm somewhat familiar with. Not looking for a hobbyist....I'm looking to minimize downtime on projects and get things completed in a timely manner.

    Thanks in advance!

    0 Comments
    2024/07/02
    23:11 UTC

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    Geographic Trends

    I'm hoping to get some insights or be pointed to data sources or reporting on geographic trends in manufacturing. I tried searching a few different ways but didn't see a clear answer.

    I'm interested in learning where manufacturing activities are flowing to/from within the lower 48 of the US, particularly if it's to/from China or Mexico. Any kind of major reporting body that might have this info or industry publication?

    0 Comments
    2024/07/02
    22:34 UTC

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    Making a career shift into Manufacturing Engineering

    I'm starting a new position as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. My background for the last 6 years has been in integration, and I will now be working in a food manufacturing plant. What advice would you give to someone making this transition, especially during their first month?

    9 Comments
    2024/07/02
    21:45 UTC

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    Help manufacturing cellulose acetate compound

    I'm looking for some creative assistance! I've recently started a project focusing on recycling cigarette butts and non-recyclable paper. I've managed to develop a compound from these materials, and it's castable, which opens up a lot of possibilities.

    So far, I've made coasters and pencils based on this recycled materia, but I need a good product idea that's both marketable and environmentally friendly.

    I'd love to hear your ideas, whether they're practical, artistic, or even a bit out of the box. Has anyone worked with similar materials before? What products did you make, or what would you suggested

    4 Comments
    2024/07/02
    20:04 UTC

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    When you hire a metal fabrication, welding, or machine shop, WHAT ANNOYS YOU THE MOST or totally turns you off from hiring them EVER AGAIN?!?!

    Let's get real about what drives me up the wall when hiring a metal fabrication, welding shop, or machine shop. It's not just about getting the job done; it's about doing it right and making sure the whole process doesn't make me regret ever contacting you.

    First off, bad communication is infuriating. Nothing is more frustrating than sending emails or making calls and getting absolutely no response. If I have to chase you down just to get a simple update, that's a major problem. Good communication should be a no-brainer, yet so many shops get this wrong.

    Then there's unreliability. Missed deadlines are a nightmare. When you promise a delivery date, you better stick to it. And if you can't, at least have the courtesy to let me know ahead of time so I can adjust my plans. I don't need to hear your excuses; I need results. Reliability is everything in this business.

    Poor quality is another huge issue. There is nothing worse than receiving a finished product that looks like it was slapped together by a bunch of amateurs. I'm talking about sloppy welds, parts that don't fit together, or finishes that are scratched and dented. If I'm paying good money for your service, I expect top-notch quality. If you can't deliver that, you're not worth my time.

    Hidden costs are just plain dishonest. Quoting me one price and then slapping on a bunch of extra charges at the end is a major turn-off. I need transparency in pricing from the start. If there are potential extra costs, tell me upfront. I don't want any surprises when it comes time to pay the bill.

    And finally, a rude attitude is a deal-breaker. Look, I get that working in a metal shop can be tough and stressful, but treating me with indifference or outright rudeness is unacceptable. Professionalism matters. I want to feel like my business is valued, not like I'm an inconvenience. A friendly and respectful interaction goes a long way in building a lasting business relationship.

    My rant for the day!

    So, what about others here? What annoys you the most?

    29 Comments
    2024/07/02
    19:43 UTC

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    Manufacturer search

    4 Comments
    2024/07/01
    22:12 UTC

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    Inkjet Recommedantions

    Not 100% sure if this is the right plattform to ask this question, but i just try my luck.

    We are currently looking for an inkjet printer for our production line in and would appreciate your experiences and recommendations.

    A crucial criterion for us is seamless integration with our current software, NiceLabel.

    We don‘t have very complicated requirements and techincans on site - but we certainly need support from the vendor for sure.

    As we located in Switzerland vendors from US or Asia might not be an option. Especiallly when it comes to support etc.

    Any supplier or model you have good experience with?

    2 Comments
    2024/07/01
    21:06 UTC

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    Where might I buy food grade dyes that are used to color products like scrubdaddy

    Looking to make custom colored scrub daddies as a personal product and I’m wondering where I might find the material food grade dyes that someone would use to accomplish this

    0 Comments
    2024/06/30
    22:35 UTC

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    Can visual management help in maintaining a clean and organized workplace environment? I'm looking for practical tips.

    5 Comments
    2024/07/01
    06:01 UTC

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    Activated Carbon Post-Processing

    Hi,
    How can I dedust activated carbon granules industrially?

    2 Comments
    2024/06/30
    17:19 UTC

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