A review and discussion was completed on engineering design and analysis methods for a large metal forming press company (over 200 tons). The review involved complete review of engineering drawings and consistency to the overall design and analysis methods in place. The root of the investigation was the beginning of long discussions on how to achieve consistent definitions of factors-of-safety for open discussions among the company's sales, marketing, design and engineering groups. The cost of quality and reliability of prescribing quality standards resulted.
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