Journal: Making Instruments for Inspectors to Inspect Inspectors

December 13, 2012

in Journal Notes

Thursday location:  Seven  |     8:05 am – 9:05 pm

  • Process Improvement:  Fork alignment work.  We’ve had great success with Seven Cycles’ 5E carbon fork since its introduction.  The fork has been extremely stable – in all meanings of the word – for nearly a decade.  For the first time we’re starting to see a bit of creep in one of the specifications.  We’ve tracked down the reason; I’d say it’s fundamentally an entropy situation.  The fork is so consistent that some checks get lackadaisical.  Statistical creep.
  • Product Development:  Carbon disc fork.  We’ve got a prototype just about ready for testing:  ride testing and fatigue testing.  I’m not too worried about passing our fatigue test.  Ride testing, that’s a whole other thing.  It’s been a difficult balance between braking performance and fork handling characteristics.  I’m fairly confident that we’ll end up with a fork that meets our desires; it’ll just be a bit heavier than I’d like.  I’m guessing we’ll have it to market just as road discs are no longer in use.
  • Product Testing:  We’re just about ready to start testing Seven Cycles’ new randonneur fork.  We’re trying to do everything we’ll be offering in this fork all at once, in one test.  It’s a bit much.  But it will be worth it.  We’re making the lugs right now.  Lugs on a carbon fork?  Test ride next week.  Fatigue tests start the second week of January.

Post title:  “So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.”  – Buckminster Fuller

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