10.28.2008

MY 200th post!!!

This is the 200th post on A bad case of wanderlust (I just mistyped it as wanderslut.. heh heh), seems like a lot. I still look through the book that Joanne made for me last year and am considering making volume II. I already have so many great memories recorded here and am looking forward to many more....

In one of my classes this quarter we get to take weekly field trips to various manufacturers to familiarize ourselves with various manufacturing techniques. It has so far proven to be a very effective way to learn. The trips remind me a lot of the show "How it's made" on the Discovery Channel, especially last week's trip. We visited the Fluke injection molding facility where some of the plastic parts used to make Fluke multimeters are manufactured. My favorite machine was the one that makes the red and black test leads you see on all Fluke multimeters. It has 14 stations and is entirely automated, manned by only one employee. It was designed and built in house and is really, really cool.... kind of like a giant Rube Goldberg device. This video is of the station that wraps the test leads and drops them on the conveyor...




6 comments:

Mom said...

Uh, what's a fluke multimeter?

joanne said...

Thanks Barb! My thoughts exactly!

Seaton McLennan said...

This is my kind o stuff!

Rachel said...

boys and their toys... but just wait until joe turns the garage into an automated pie-o-matic or something...

It will be AWESOME! :) HA

JoeyJoJoJo said...

Oh, a multimeter is a handy little gadget that measures things like voltage, resistance and electrical current. The Fluke corporation makes some of the finest multimeters available, I used one nearly every day while I was in the service....

Momtian said...

Ah, there is no resistance on my planet, that's why I've never heard of it :)