This week, our East Hartford, Connecticut neighbors at Goodwin College returned to our 36 Cedar Street plant site. The purpose of the visit was to teach two multi-day Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) workshops to 28 of our employees.
Wikipedia offers a good definition: GD&T: is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describes nominal geometry and its allowable variation. It tells the manufacturing staff and machines what degree of accuracy and precision is needed on each controlled feature of the part. GD&T is used to define the nominal (theoretically perfect) geometry of parts and assemblies, to define the allowable variation in form and possible size of individual features, and to define the allowable variation between features.
GD&T is an important skillset for our engineers, inspectors, and manufacturing personnel. Goodwin delivered the training with their state-of-the-art 44-foot Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab, measurement equipment, software, and manufacturing instructor. The class provided a combination of class instruction and a hands-on learning experience for our employees.
We are longtime supporters of Goodwin’s mission and value the contributions they have made to the community. They are working hard to support the needs of local manufacturers by developing people with next generation manufacturing skills.