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Take Pride in Your Fixtures

The rack of fixtures in many shops might look like random hardware, but often it is actually shelf upon shelf of invention.

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One of the most innovative aspects of many products is not the product itself, but the tooling used to hold its components during production. That rack of fixtures in many shops might look like random hardware, but often it is actually shelf upon shelf of invention.
 

In this article about custom fixturing, Joseph Szpak describes how developing an efficient fixture has allowed his shop to keep on producing a recurring part number long past the point that was necessary to pay back the investment in that fixture.