Capitalize On Creativity

Almost every shop I have visited is a creativity crucible. Each has found some unique way, either big or small, to perform machining operations more efficiently, whether it’s by using customized workholding solutions, advanced methods for determining the best feeds and speeds or new shop management strategies.

Part of what makes this country great is the courage of its citizens to step out on a limb and try something new and creative. Throughout history, Americans have enjoyed an environment that fosters success by encouraging the invention of better ways to accomplish a task and either going on to accomplish that task more efficiently than anyone else or marketing these new methods so others can succeed as well.

Almost every shop I have visited is a creativity crucible. Each has found some unique way, either big or small, to perform machining operations more efficiently, whether it’s by using customized workholding solutions, advanced methods for determining the best feeds and speeds or new shop management strategies. Shop owners and employees often like to keep these in-house inventions and methods secret because they feel, and rightfully so, that they provide a distinct advantage over the competition. Still other shops have found new profit centers for their business by selling their ideas, thus helping other companies become more successful.

Regardless of how a company chooses to make use of its homegrown technology, it is this creativity that continues to give an edge to companies and push them along. This melting pot of ideas will continue to spur industry in America and help us remain competitive in the global economy.

For an interesting look at some creative inventions (not necessarily in the metalworking industry), check out www.totallyabsurd.com, where some of the most unusual U.S. patents are displayed. The inventors of these products saw a need and had the drive to develop a solution. Challenge yourself to do the same.