Again on the internet-linked home-sited education-manufacturing system concept

Am writing another blog post on this subject, as it seems to me to have immense potential to help mankind right now, and the means to do it exists.

I also wish this could get into the hands of Steve Jobs, as he has the expertise for blending the hardware and software combo to get it going quickly. Plus, he has the money to make it happen; and I think it is in line with his life purpose.

The concept is named the "internet-linked home manufacturing-education workstation concept" or variations of that, in my posts and other writings of recent years, such as on Scribd.

It is a complete system concept, more than I want to again write about in totality in this post; but its essences are:

Its primary purposes are to enable America's large unemployed or under-employed middle class and poverty class to economically and quickly get back into contributing to America's GDP, and to provide a continuing means for increasing their skills at the same time. Conceivably it could expand worldwide to developing countries, eventually.

It would bypass the current bottleneck inhibiting America's manufacturing capacity that now is blocked by the requirement that manufacturing all be done by conventional corporate facility on-site employed work. By eliminating the need to commute to some on-site manufacturing job, the time, energy and money involved in daily commute would be eliminated. It would also expand the conventionally-employable skills in the population, too; increasing with time until conventional manufacturing in America catches up, decades from now.

The key technology development needed is to create the devices that connect via USB to one's home computer, that provide a small scale manufacturing capability for performing sub-assembly work. Such devices could encompass a wide range of manufacturing processes, from drill press work to injection molding to chemical processing to QC work. The software and internet linking would also focus on helping the person at home learn how to use each such workstation device, thus increasing their skill set.

The workstation devices would operate in a feedback loop through the internet, assisted by built-in telemetry in each workstation, to provide both instruction to the user re needed precision refinements, and to provide quantity of resulting product done at each workstation.

An example of how this would work, utilizes a drill press operation workstation computer peripheral.

In operation, a box is delivered to one's door at home by commercial carrier or by local neighborhood truck.

In the box are a bunch of smaller boxes, each much like the kanban technique developed in the Japanese just-in-time system. Each kanban contains raw material or partially processed material, along with a magnetic card or memory stick that is associated with the kanban. The memory card is input to one's workstation which then goes through the computer and internet to a management location for that product, which might be either another home-workstation or at a corporate site. The input also appears on screen, defining the processing to be done to the sub-assembly by the home-sited employee.

In this example, the home-sited employee would place the component on the drill press table and match up the specified coordinates; the user would also install the specified drill size into the drill press, for that hole and similar sized holes on that sub-assembly. Sensors on the drill press would monitor the chuck expansion to provide feedback to the user and to the internet-linked management system site, as to the size of the drill bit that is actually installed. Each downward drill process done on that board, and the coordinates where drilled, and for all similar sized holes on that particular component, would be recorded both locally and by distant management.

Different sized holes needing to be drilled into that component would be similarly handled by the home-sited worker, eventually finishing that type of operation on that component.

That could be the only type device at that home location, or there could be other type operation devices that could be on the same workbench at home, such as for threading some holes or for assisting in using hardware for attaching together several pieces of the larger sub-assembly.

When all the processes have been applied to the contents of that kanban, and all the carton's similar kanbans or related kanbans, the employee puts the sub-assembly back into the kanban box along with its memory card, and prints the label for where to have the delivery system to next take the box of kanbans, when they are all done by that particular home manufacturing workstation.

The benefits of such a manufacturing concept include the resumption of large scale manufacturing in America, made economical by largely eliminating the expenses of commute by employees, and expenses of the huge buildings that on-site manufacturing require, thus adding to the nation's GDP in this time when conventional businesses system are not doing the job. Most of all it would maintain the skill level of America's potential workforce, and gradually improve the skill levels by the built-in education aspects of the home-sited manufacturing-education system, reversing the current trend of deteriorating capabilities of the unemployed or under-employed work force. It could also bring into the workforce, people who are otherwise not positioned to do full-time conventionally employed manufacturing work, such as retired people, family-tending housewives, partially handicapped people. And the self-esteem of the workforce could once again increase, a healthy thing for a can-do America.

In the extreme, conceivably the system could expand to where even a homeless person could step up to a steetside version of the manufacturing system, crank out some product, and receive payment on the spot for whatever work the person got done.

It could change the whole trend in America about manufacturing in a worldwide economy. It could restore a significant amount of self-sufficiency to the nation too. And we are at a technological level where we could immediately get to doing technology development on the system right now. Especially if someone of Steve Jobs caliber takes on the task.

Jim Cline

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