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If I was a casting guy, what would I want to know? What mold set it came out of - probably not a lot of thoseWhat date it was madeWhat material lot went into it - maybe a priority for aerospace, but probably not a priority for a basic castingIf I worked with the Guzzi group, I'd want to know -Which supplier it came from? Probably only one of those ....Which guy built up the assembly?I find the font difference interesting - could just be the stamp sets used ....Sorry, too much time in the QA mines has affected my mind.
Practices may vary depending on who's involved. I spent five years looking at parts for centrifuges - GIANT centrifuges.The place was ran old school, good old boys and bare minimum of details required. A lot of " that's okay, just go ahead, it will work fine ". And it would, but the print / test doc called for something else.So I documented some of these decisions, required people to sign, and stamped that record number on some giant baskets like for top loading washers, except the basket was the size of a car, and the centrifuge was even bigger. I did not add any prefix such as NMR (nonconforming material report) to the number because any QA boy could spot that and start asking questions - I just wanted a traceability link back to the authorizing party in case the situation ever got ugly. So those numbers may reference something to somebody in a CYA mode, but not be consistent across the whole generation of products or for all operators.EDIT: My cow-orker looked at all the same parts/subasseblys/assemblys and didn't give a damn, so on any given day two versions of the same product could go out the door with/without said markings. He went on to run co-gen turbines and make machined parts because he was bored with looking at stuff and wanted to make stuff - no idea where he wound up. Me? I'm mopping up after an external audit and wondering if I'll be the fall guy for management. Obviously, he was more clever.
PS Love your stories about your username, normzone.
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