FTM 97: Do we really need to produce technical drawings?

Fastener Training Minute 97: Do we really need to produce technical drawings?

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published September 17, 2015 as “Do we really need to produce technical drawings?” during episode 97 of Fully Threaded Radio.

Hi everybody, this is Carmen Vertullo from Carver Consulting with the Fastener Training Minute, and today I want to talk to you about something that is a value-added service that most suppliers have not yet discovered. And that is the ability to provide a good technical drawing for your customers or even to your vendors when you have a special.

The upcoming fall conference for the Pac-West Fastener Association is in Albuquerque, and the Fastener Training Institute is going to be presenting a program on specials. Are you making the most out of specials? One of the things we’ll talk about in that program is when do you need a good technical drawing? So stick around and come back in a minute and we’ll talk more about why you need to be able to produce a good technical drawing for your customers.

This is Carmen Vertullo and one of the services that we provide at Carver Consulting is the ability to produce a good engineering drawing of a fastener or an assembly or even a solid model. I think one of the things that most fastener suppliers are missing out on as an opportunity for sales, is when you have something that would be classified as a special amongst all of the other things that you might have to do the process that opportunity, is coming up with a drawing.

Now, we’re a little bit afraid of that because we think if we’re going to produce a drawing there’s some engineering responsibilities and some other risks that go along with that. In fact there, are but they’re very manageable and we can show you how to manage those through the Fastener Training Institute as well. But also at Carver Consulting, one of the things I’ve discovered over the years being involved in the fastener industry is that we tend to be kind of late coming to the game with new technologies. If you look at things like barcoding, and wireless warehouse and lot traceability, and even using the internet, most other industries are ahead of us.

We eventually catch up, but one of the areas where we really are lagging behind is the use of computer technology such as solid modeling, and the ability to produce a good engineering drawing quickly using the computer so that you can document and get quoted and sell those items that are special.

Sometimes you can describe the part with words, but a drawing adds value. So come to some of our Fastener Training Institute classes to learn about drawings or call Carver Consulting. Let us help you put together a good engineering drawing for your customers.

This is Carmen Vertullo with the Fastener Training Minute.

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