In Reply to: Welcome! posted by James Gregory Whitehouse on 05/29/00 at 1:47 AM:
This is a good initiative, and would be glad to join if we can drive enough
content, and people coming through. My experience is you need to have
some carrots to keep the type of people here and interacting, so that they
stay a while, and then come back.
A recommendation. Perhaps you can pose a problem having to do
with electronics assembly and automation, and others can join in
to try and solve it. This poses something of a challenge, and will
get people's juices flowing. Without it, you have a danger of this
I personally am very interested in the topic, and have 20 years
experience in factory automation software/CIM systems, and
am now working on a new company to develop next generation
factory floor information systems for high volume, high mix assembly.
We are actively trying to work on these problems. The more problems
you can post, the more interesting it is to work on them. Of course,
there are an infinite number of problems to work out, so some
focus would be beneficial to your audience. Do you want the
focus on the physical (i.e. optimizing bowl feeders, equipement
layout, etc.), or on the information aspects (real time transactions
for material replenishment to the line, introduction of engineering
design changes, and the affect on equipment changeover, etc.)
Good idea. Help us focus.
President, Ace-Line systems, Inc.
As an aside, If you want, you can use a simple "Virtual Mfg
Line" I setup to try and help people visualize the line, and interact
based on it.