Have you ever tried, maybe late at night or on your lunch-break, to come up a brand-new, revolutionary, “game-changing” app for a Smartphone? If so, well then join the crowd, my friend. While there are a million good/bad/somewhere-in-between ideas floating around for new apps, it’s become quite a money-making hobby for those who have the right programming chops.
At New Process Fibre, we’re not here to sell you on the latest app that lets you detect the trendiest new Thai restaurant in a two hundred mile radius. And we’ll let other folks concentrate on developing apps that help you locate Bigfoot. What we’d like to see out there are apps that allow one to browse for specific standard industrial parts/components within a broad field of industries. A pretty cool concept, if we say so ourselves. While there isn’t as yet (to our knowledge) any defining app that plugs a company’s needs into an encyclopedic reference list of specific parts and components, we’ve come across something that seems to be heading in that direction.
For example, there’s an iPhone app called Bolt_Aero that lets engineers, machinists, and suppliers keep track of the most frequently used aerospace fasteners. An anonymous reviewer on the site writes, “Great concept. I am a helicopter mechanic and sometimes I forget a part number for a washer or bolt.” Bolt_Aero is a perfect means for those who specialize in aerospace to look up the minute specifics of their industry with just a few presses of a few buttons. While it’s an excellent tool for the aerospace industry, it remains just that: for aerospace. While we at New Process Fibre have some experience in the aerospace department, we think that an even more-inclusive Smartphone app, one that provides the specifics of washers and fasteners used in multiple industries, would be of great service to America’s manufacturers. After all, doctors now carry Smartphone apps that can look up the details of a patient’s symptoms and match them with any known corresponding illness. We think the same concept could be applied in manufacturing. What do you think?