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  1. We used to call it "Work Breakdown structure". We broke down and analyzed every task and movement used and needed to do each task. It was given a time standard for performance. The standard was used for baseline work measurement. When a task became too great to be completed with the time allowed by schedule, another work station or worker was added.


    Probably told you more than you wanted to know!! The analysis and skill needed to look at every small detail in the assembly process is complex. It took years for an engineer to be able to understand the relationship between what they designed and the ability to build that product in a timely manner within budget. I spent most of my 40 year career doing this.



    Nope, I find this kind of stuff fascinating. There is another video that I haven't been able to find again, that goes through how an aircraft plant was built for WWII. The order the shops and facilities were built, so some could start working to help support the construction of others. How to lay out the plant for maximum efficiency, etc. Mind boggling the details that have to be considered.


    I work at a small design and machine shop. One of our customers does MIM for various gun makers. We do things like reaming or milling holes in locking blocks, sear housing, and the like. Now and then we get in a new part and have to come up with the process for doing the work. That's bad enough.


    Once we got in a batch of rear sights that had been hardened before the screw hole had been tapped. It was a part we had run before, but not for about a year or two. No problem, change the feeds and speeds, use a higher quality tap and change it more often (I think it was a 5-40 tap). Broke 10 taps. They had forgotten to tell us that the part was about .015" longer. Which offset the hole to be tapped. It still fit the fixtures just fine. But because the hole was moved. the taps had to bend to get into the hole. Taps don't bend. Now, when we get something like that I remember to ask "Is this the same as drawing #XYZ, Rev. D?"

  2. Wonder if the upcoming storm will cause a repeat???



    This one is a "Pineapple Express" so it's warm and wet. Lots of rain even in the Sierra.





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    Area forecast discussion

    National Weather Service Reno Nevada

    334 am PST Sat Jan 7 2017



    snow with possible freezing rain today will transition to heavy

    rain and heavy mountain snow in most areas tonight, with extreme

    amounts of rain Sunday through early Monday. Significant flooding

    is expected for mainstem rivers, creeks, and streams Sunday into

    Monday. Another atmospheric river event is looking likely for the

    middle of next week with a couple of colder storms to follow the

    end of next week.




    Short term...


    * today, precip starting as snow, then changing to rain in most


    * Possible freezing rain in some colder valleys today-tonight,

    with greatest risk north and east of Susanville-Lovelock.

    * Intense rainfall with flooding expected Sunday-Monday. Finish

    preparations now!

    * Several feet of additional snow for highest Sierra elevations,

    above 9000-10000 feet.

    * Poor conditions for travel and outdoor activities this weekend.


    All systems are go for the strong atmospheric river event starting

    today and continuing into Monday, with the most intense precip

    Sunday and Sunday night. Before we get to the heavy rain and

    flooding concerns, today will have another another round of

    winter precipitation with cold air mass currently in place. Snow

    has already begun in northeast California around Bogard and west of

    Susanville as moisture increases on the leading edge of the deep

    moisture feed associated with the atmospheric river.


    This snow will spread into the remainder of the Sierra and much of

    western Nevada mainly north of US-50 this morning. Snowfall amounts

    for Mono County near and west of US-395 will be similar to the

    Tahoe zone (8-16 inches thru this evening above 7000 feet) so they

    were added to the advisory. Due to the sharply colder surface air

    that will be difficult to scour out, snow may persist into the

    afternoon around the Reno-Carson-Susanville vicinity eastward to

    Fernley-Fallon before warmer air breaks through and changes the

    snow to rain. In fact, much of the Tahoe basin is likely to see a

    changeover to rain before the Reno area and other valleys in

    western Nevada/northeast California. We left in a mention of possible freezing

    rain along the US-395 corridor, but if any freezing rain occurs

    in these areas it would be brief.


    Farther north into Pershing and northern Washoe counties, the

    Surprise Valley and far northeast Lassen County, mostly snow is

    expected today, followed by a better potential for freezing rain

    this evening which could persist overnight, as a very shallow

    layer of cold air will be even more difficult to scour out. There

    are some breaks in the steady precip areas for part of tonight

    which could limit the ice accumulations, but if the cold temps

    near the surface fail to surpass the freezing mark before daybreak

    Sunday, some of these areas could receive ice accumulations

    between 0.10 and 0.20 inch. This weekend is already a poor choice

    for non-emergency travel, and adding ice to the mix will make

    conditions especially dangerous including I-80 from Lovelock

    eastward across central Nevada.


    Aside from these colder valleys, snow levels should rise rather

    quickly by this afternoon or tonight as deeper moisture and

    warmer air arrives. Snow levels are forecast to peak by early

    Sunday morning, then remain steady through Sunday evening. This

    will coincide with the most intense precipitation. North of I-80

    we're looking at snow levels near 8000 feet, near 9000 feet for

    Reno-Carson-Tahoe, and 9000-10000 feet south of US-50 including

    Mono County. Snow levels should finally drop again late Sunday

    night through Monday, with precip changing back to snow for most

    Sierra passes by early-mid morning, and around the Tahoe basin

    during the morning or midday. Snow amounts on the back side of

    this storm system are difficult to project at this time, as some

    of the guidance tries to wind down the heavier precip a little

    more quickly, but at least a few inches could accumulate around

    lake level in the Tahoe basin. Some snow or snow showers may

    return to some western Nevada valleys by Monday evening.


    We are holding on to similar precip projections through Monday as

    liquid totals along the Sierra crest through the foothills west

    of US-395 could easily reach 6 to 12 inches. Along US-395, rain

    totals around 2-4 inches are likely with up to 2 inches possible

    for areas to the east. Additional snow totals above the snow line

    could easily reach 3 to 8 feet with the character of the snow

    being very heavy and wet. Avalanche danger is likely to increase

    through the weekend with backcountry activities not recommended.


    As far as winds, they will be strong and gusty across ridge

    lines, with peak gusts over 100 mph. In lower elevations, winds

    are not anticipated to be as strong with gusts mainly around 30

    mph. However, stronger gusts above 40 mph are possible at times,

    especially on Sunday and Monday. Mjd


    Long term...Tuesday to Saturday...


    * atmospheric river with feet of snow possible in the Sierra Jan 10-


    * minor nuisance flooding may still be an issue below 6000 feet


    The GFS and ec have some differences with regards to the next Arkansas for

    Tue-Wed, but the general idea remains the same. This next one will

    not be quite as strong, and it will also be colder overall with snow

    levels remaining 7000 feet or below. The GFS overall is a little

    colder and keeps snow levels below about 6000 feet while the ec

    briefly raises them to 6000 feet near the Oregon border to 7000 feet

    for Mono County. Another item that is consistent is that this storm

    will bring stronger winds with it, but given the ample moisture and

    the thermodynamic/kinematic profiles they shouldn't be excessive.


    The Tue-Wed storm is coming in two parts with the first part early

    Tuesday and colder before the stronger, wetter and slightly warmer

    wave arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday. In fact, with the waves

    so close together due to the strong jet, some places in the Sierra

    may not see a break in precip once it begins today. Several feet of

    snow in the Sierra above 7000 feet still look possible with a couple

    feet down to 5500 to 6000 feet. There will be plenty of precip

    below 6000 feet into western Nevada as well, but it looks to be mostly

    rain. Flooding concerns look to be much less due to the lower

    snow levels.


    As far as the winds, they will peak Tuesday afternoon with some

    gusts 45-55 mph in the valleys possible. As mentioned above, with

    the moist airmass and wind profiles, a strong breaking wave looks



    A bit of a break is expected Wednesday night with another storm

    arriving Thursday-Friday. It looks to be colder, and also not quite

    as strong. In fact, the models are keeping the Arkansas signal to the

    south of US so it may not be quite as wet as it looked a couple days

    ago. Still, some snow is likely for all elevations creating travel

    issues with some rain mixing in on the Lower Valley floors. The

    models are now showing the storm track to then lift north next

    weekend, giving US a break for at least a couple days if not

    longer. Wallmann





    strong storm to affect the region through Monday. For today, snow

    will spread over all areas this morning with IFR conds thru 19z.

    Then a change to -fzra is possible for krno-kcxp-ktrk until 22z when

    enough warm air moves in to change all precip there to rain. For

    ktvl/kmmh, precip will be snow through 18z, then changeover to plain



    From ksve-klol and the NE, snow will hang on longer, possibly

    through 03z with a longer period of -fzra. All areas will be rain by

    12z sun. Until the changeover, runway accumulations of 2-6 inches

    are possible on all area terminals with the exception of knfl/khth.


    During the day Sunday, we are still expecting heavy rain to affect

    all terminals with ponding of water an issue through 06z, then a

    changeover back to snow is possible from 06-12z for the Sierra

    terminals. Surface winds are not expected to be much of an issue with

    peak gusts to 30 kts. There will be mtn wave turbulence, but low level wind shear is

    not expected to be significant due to the heavy precip.


    For krno, there is the possibility of some flooding from Steamboat

    and dry creeks backing up on the southeast portion of the Airport. The best

    chance for this occurring is after 21z Sunday.


    More impacts are likely Mon-Wed with periods of rain and snow, with

    heavy snow possible for Sierra terminals. Low level wind shear and mtn wave

    turbulence are also more likely for the Tuesday period. Wallmann

  3. They could if the demand for the product was high enough to warrant production numbers as high as what was needed during war time.


    When they quote a bomber being completed every hour, you have to understand that the production lines were huge. Every worker only did his particular job for I hour, then a new part/plane was in front of him. The work breakdown was so small that that thousands of workers and work stations were needed and they worked 24/7. During my aerospace career, I planned and setup a new assembly line for a US Navy jet, it was planned to support a production rate of 20 planes per month. Assembly tools, work stations and manpower was set up to support that number. If a higher rate was required, we just increased everything to support the new production rate.


    It does go back the assembly methods pioneered by Henry Ford. those folks were very smart and we use some of their analytical methods today.



    Man, that's a lot of skull sweat. I don't want to try to think of all the things involved in that. The thousands of steps. My hat's off to you, sir.

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    and, one more:

  5. I never see mutton sold. I suppose that would be closer to sheep country.


    Which is a shame because it is pretty darned good.


    Interesting thing about mutton v. lamb is that now people sneer at mutton as "too strong." I've seen cookbooks from the 1800s that say that mutton is preferred over lamb because lamb is too mild, although it is good to feed to invalids and people with weak constitutions.


    Goat is pretty good, too. Marinate it in something like Italian salad dressing and grill it (or roast it).


  6. Never et lamb. Dad raised sheep and never had one butchered. One uncle swears by it. As a former meat cutter at Kroger, I never saw much meat for the price. Didn't sell well at our store.



    It does tend to be a bit pricey, although with the price of beef now, and even pork, lamb isn't as unreasonable as it used to be.


    This was about $2.50 a pound on special, so using it for sausage is a no-brainer. This chain has "flash sales" from time to time, tri-tip at $2.50, pork loin chops at $2, the lamb. I stock up some, vac-pack and freeze it. The tri-tip usually gets turned into ground beef.


  7. I made a version of this from a lamb shoulder roast that was as much bone as meat, wasn't worth roasting.



    Spicy Lamb Sausage


    · 3 pounds ground lamb, or a mixture of half lamb and half beef or veal

    · 2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds

    · 2 teaspoons toasted coriander seeds

    · 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

    · 6 allspice berries

    · 2 teaspoons salt, more as needed

    · ½ teaspoon cayenne

    · Pinch cinnamon

    · 4 tablespoons mild paprika

    · 8 large garlic cloves, smashed to a paste


    To make the sausage, put ground lamb in a mixing bowl. Using a spice mill or mortar and pestle, grind cumin, coriander, black pepper and allspice. Add to lamb, along with salt, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika and garlic. Mix well with hands to incorporate. Fry a little piece of the mixture in a small skillet. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt if necessary. Mix again and refrigerate at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight. Form mixture into 24 two-ounce patties.


    After I had trimmed up the lamb - deboned and fat, silver skin, and gristle removed, I had about 2 1/2 pounds of meat, so I added some salt pork (very lean salt pork).

    Chopped it into about 1 inch pieces, put on most of the seasoning and ran it through our food processor until it was very finely chopped, a little finer than store bought hamburger. I used ground spices rather than grinding my own, and thought "FOUR tablespoons of paprika???" so I cut that back to a rounded one tablespoon. I also used Aleppo Pepper rather than cayenne.


    Very tasty. Next time I might cut back on the garlic a bit, too. Although the cloves I used were a bit on the large side.




    The roast had been sliced most of the way through into shoulder chops, then tied. I took the bones which had some meat on them still, seasoned them well with salt and pepper, put them in a zip lock type bag and added about a cup of Gallo Family Moscato. Put the bag in the fridge, turning is several times for 2 days. Then put them on a rack over a rimmed pan and roasted them at 375 for about half an hour. Had them for lunch Monday. Fantastic.

  8. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/01/1-chicagos-bloodiest-years-ends-with-762-homicides.html



    The city of Chicago recorded 762 homicides in 2016 — an average of two murders per day, the most killings in the city for two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

    The nation's third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department that underlined a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence.

    The numbers released Sunday are staggering, even for those following the steady news accounts of weekends ending with dozens of shootings and monthly death tolls that hadn't been seen in years. The increase in 2016 homicides compared to 2015, when 485 were reported, is the largest spike in 60 years.

    Police and city officials have lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city, and the crime statistics appeared to support their claims: Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2015, a 20 percent from the previous year.

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