Manufacturing Nuts and Bolts in Korea


Once again, I am amazed at the ability to design the machines and processes which automate such production. To engineer mechanical devices which can accurately produce thousands of products to fine tolerances per day, is most impressive.

Which leads me to a decades old peeve: screws for the past 20 years or so have been of poor quality - usually of material which is too soft. Further, the variation of size, shape and depth of Phillips head screws - the receptacle into which the screwdriver inserts - makes choice of correct head imperative. Many times, nonetheless, the heads have stripped because of too-soft screw material.


We don’t have artisanal quality as a moral value, nor we have feedback loops anymore. But that’s opportunity:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison