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Bull Metal Products… Drills It!

At the request of our good customer GARD Specialists (www.gardspecialist.com) in Eagle River, WI, Bull Metal Products designed and developed a unique, compact and very functional proprietary 29- piece drill index.  We were no strangers to developing other projects with GARD, including a number of other specialty drill, tap, and end mill indexes.

Although this concept had been brought to light by GARD many years ago, it had been dormant for quite a while.  Thegard-29-piece-index-1 project came alive this past spring.  GARD re-engaged with us to develop an index that had some very specific requirements that other indexes on the market did not meet.

The index had to;

  • Allow the end user visibility of all the drill bits at one-time (not flipping through smaller sections of indexed bits).
  • Allow unimpeded access to the individual bits so they can be easily removed and returned to the index.
  • Be capable of standing upright on a work bench to allow the end-user to see and select bits easily in a shop situation.
  • Fold up compactly and securely for mobile use in a tool box or tool apron.
  • Have bit sizes clearly marked and easily readable.
  • Be unique to the market if possible – bringing brand recognition to GARD Specialists Company.

Since we have designed and manufactured other indexes for GARD in the past, the immediate thought was in trying to carry a similar look and function forward to the larger 29-piece size.  GARD liked that idea, as having a consistent look and function seemed like a natural way to expand the family of gard-29-piece-index-5indexes while further building brand recognition.

Upon receiving a complete set of GARD’s drill bits and the above noted requirements, Bull Metal Products went to work designing and engineering the new index.  We made an initial sample that GARD reviewed and provided feedback noting some desired additions, and modifications.  Bull Metal then incorporated the changes into another sample submitted to GARD for final approval.

The initial production run was shipped early this fall.  In a recent meeting with Dave Everett, president of GARD Specialist Co. (www.gardspecialist.com), Dave emphatically stated that everyone at Gard is extremely pleased with the new index, and that they have great expectations of it being embraced by GARD’s customers. gard-29-piece-index-6

This is a great example of two small to moderate sized American companies working closely together to bring a new version of an old product to market.  Do you have an idea that requires a dynamic sheet metal design and manufacturing team to help you get it moving forward??  Give Bull Metal Products a call.



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Bull Metal will begin the ISO 9001:2015 transition

As we live in a changing world, it comes as no surprise ISO 9001:2008 is now obsolete.  One of the key revisions is to institute a systematic approach to analyze risk.  What is risk?  Risk is the extent of a potential failure of the unknown and/or the likelihood of its occurrence.  Risk is native in all characteristics of a Quality Management System (QMS).  Risk based thinking ensures risks are considered and controlled.

To ensure we are meeting requirements and needs of our customers and external agencies, Bull Metal Products needs to develop a concept of preventive action through risk assessment and mitigation.  Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) will help identify risks resulting from changes in process variables.  From product design to the manufacturing process, FMEA’s will help understand requirements (and changes to requirements) with clear vision for troubleshooting in the event of an internal or external product failure.

What is a Failure Mode?  The indicator of a failure caused by product or process error (what happened and how did it happen?)

What is Affect Analysis?  Identifying and addressing potential failures of production before they occur.

How can I eliminate risk? 

Example:  I can eliminate risk of being late for work by driving over the speed limit. 

 How do I mitigate risk?

Example:  I can get to work on time but there is a good likelihood I could get pulled over by the highway police.

Implement a plan or action:

Example:  If I wake up earlier, I will not have the likelihood of being late or getting pulled over.

Check the plan or action’s effectiveness:

Example:  I woke up 30 minutes earlier and arrived to work safely (without getting pulled over) and on time. 

Learn and Improve:

Example:  I’ve been able to make it to work on time for an entire month.  I know have data to use to help allow myself to make it to other venues and arrangements without being late.  This experience teaches me to allow myself enough time for transportation incase an unknown variable could delay my travels. 

Implementing control where the identified variables may be unknown is essentially incorporating Preventive Action throughout the entire context of the organization, including external parties.  Risk based thinking is not new.  We ask ourselves these types of questions in everyday life.  Implementing risk mitigation to our QMS will allow us to meet the new standards of ISO 9001:2015 while being able to serve our customers with better products and services.

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