How are you doing?
Do you know anything about TOP 200's? I know a feller that bought a used
one for a song and he's trying to resurrect it.
Right now he's got an E-Stop alarm on power up, he's thinking it's air
related but can't find a flow sensor or pressure switch.
Things got a little toasty here in Escondido. Picked up a bag of
marshmallows and I was ready! The fire got within a mile or so, and
then the damn wind changed direction. Didn't get lucky enough to have
the shop burn up:-) A fresh start with the insurance money would have
The TOP-200. What a machine. Built about 10 years before it's time.
Blew most people away. The biggest problem with that machine was
trying to decide which end of the part to run first, because you could
do as much with the sub-spindle as you could with the main spindle.
That thing was so damn accurate that one time we had to run a macro to
make the diameters vary by .0001 or two so the test parts would pass
SPC! The first batch failed because it flat-lined on the chart.
Sheesh! First time I ever saw parts rejected because they were too
As far as the E-stop problem.........good question. I don't know much
about them, but I believe the ladder was similar to all the other
Tornos machines. Lack of air pressure would throw up an alarm, and not
allow you to run, but it shouldn't put it in E-stop.
We only sold a couple of those machines in this country. Consequently,
there's only two guys in this country that really know's anything
about them. The tech that did the installations (and service) no
longer works for Tornos. But I can track him down, if you'd like.
Your best bet is to call the service manager, Roland Schutz, @ Tornos.
He's an electronics guru and probably still has the schematics
memorized! Phone number: 203-775-4319
Good luck........... and I'll throw one on the barbe for ya!
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. This week was nuts.
Anyway, I lusted after the TOP 200 and TOP 100's when they were new. It's
a shame that they've lost their way these days IMO. They were on the
right track back then, just a little too spendy for most budgets.
I'll pass along Roland's number and see if that gets him anywhere.
Glad to hear you haven't roasted.
As usual you won't answer a simple question that is DIRECTLY MATERIAL
to the point you're trying to make.
You're the one that says there is a shortage of machinists in San
Diego. I said I had no trouble hiring machinists in San Diego and that
it is more likely the shortage you report is a shortage of journeyman
machinists willing to work for operator wages.
Its not a trick question, it is simple and direct. What do YOU feel is
the hourly wage for a Journeyman Machinists in San Diego?
Why are you ducking the question and having such difficulty providing
the answer to a simple direct question?
That website is in gross error.
I typed in Engineer Level IV and got a salary of $74k.
I typed in Engineer Level V and got a salary of $66k.
Why would an engineer of a higher grade get a lower salary?
It might also reflect a sampling error, how many of each grade
answered the questionare.
And more likely, an organization that has more grades will likley have
flattened the curve..
An org. with say ten grades in personel will have a lower net pay for
a grade five than an org with with only five total grades. Add in a
little skew for not as many respondandts at the higher grade, and you
get a tilted result.
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