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High and low tech

Today we kept busy at a variety of tasks. I spent the bulk of my morning designing parts of the train which we would route from High Density Urethane (HDU) on our CNC (computer controlled) router. In the afternoon I set the router in motion while I went on to other tasks. 

Little Matt was back in the shop today and he did some welding and grinding late this afternoon. He'll be putting a few hours this week to make the couplings and front guards.

By the end of the week this thing should be looking pretty good. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan

Service with a smile!

They say good service is a thing of the past in our modern times. In my experience this simply is not true.

We have many tools in our shop. The most complex is our MultiCam CNC router. I design fancy files at my desk and then send them via wire to the machine - at the other end of the building. The machine then carefully follows the digital files to create my ideas. I describe it as pure magic for the machine can do things I could only dream of and much faster too.

Back when we were looking to purchase our MultiCam(or some other brand of CNC router), my primary concern, right after buying a quality machine was about service and support. The price I paid was the third item of priority on my list. While I didn't want to pay too much I was more interested in quality and service than simply a bargain price. After I had done all my homework I ended up buying one of the most expensive options on the table. It turned out to be a fabulous investment - even after all these years.

I am not a computer guy, nor do machines and I understand each other very well. When something goes awry with my machine (like it stops for some reason or makes an unusual noise) it's time for a call to the MultiCam tech. I did a lot of research back then, and everything I heard about the MultiCam guys was good. In the six plus years I've ran our MultiCam routers I haven't been disappointed and even when the machine was long out of warrantee. 

I've kept our MultiCam very busy the last while, working it hard to create the fancy moldings for our new house, plus the customer projects on the go. Yesterday (Sunday) the machine stopped mysteriously mid-project. Being a high tech machine there was a message on the touch screen as to why. It was Greek to me, simply a bunch of numbers, letters and code. I snapped a picture on my handy camera and the restarted the machine. The job finished but the machine stopped again shortly after. This time I couldn't make it go again. I typed out a short message to my MultiCam dealer, including the picture of the message on my screen. Being Sunday, I didn't expect a reply until Monday, but I figured letting them know of my troubles would get me in the cue sometime Monday. There were bound to be others who were ahead of me for I called late in the weekend - right after the holidays.

But imagine my surprise when I got not one but two replies within the hour. One was from the Sean, President of MultiCam Western Canada, letting me know he had contacted Jeremy to help me out. The second reply was from Scott (who I found out later was actually in bed with the flu) He suggested a number of ways to solve the problems we were experiencing.

This morning I recieved a follow up email from Sean and shortly after lunch Jeremy was at my door ready to give my machine a tune-up. Jeremy is a delightful young man, capable of solving complex problems without getting flustered or breaking into a sweat. He cheerfully tested and adjusted things to the exact perameters they needed to be. I watched between my necessary tasks, helping as I was able... which wasn't much. Within a short time the machine was running like a Swiss clock once more. 

Thankfully I don't need to call the MultiCam folks very often, two or three times each year I would think. But thankfully each time I do have to call they treat me with great respect, like a friend. As soon as they are able, they send out someone to give me a hand. Each time they make sure the machine runs perfectly before they leave.

That is the kind of service that makes me smile! 

-grampa dan

Fancy to the max!

We are always doing our best to push every possible boundary we can find. We combine the best of the old world skills with state of the art modern tools wherever we can. The goal is to be as creative as humanly possible while doing things as efficiently and quickly as we can.

One of our fancy tools is our four axis MultiCam CNC router. Its still shiney new and I'm doing my best to learn the ropes. With each project I accomplish a little more, and in the process figure out how I'm going to push the bar ever higher.

Today's project was a fancy fluted post, with a twist. It took me longer than it should have to figure everything out but I managed to pull it off. The machine is good but it is only as good as the information and imagination I put in. I remember well when I got my first router as I watched it automatically create the ideas that had presiously only lived in my head. Today, as the router worked away on the fancy turned post I saw that same magic once more. 

I'm having fun in Yarrow!

-grampa dan



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