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Over the years Kennedy really thrived on the thinking aspect of his job, particularly when engineers talked to him about a prototype. He’d look at the prints
and visualize the bending challenges in his head. “It’s like a puzzle, and I love
that,” he said.
Moon has worked on prototypes as well, but he has a different style, one that
may suit the new technology. He appreciates the power of software. Bending
simulations now work out a lot of the design puzzles automatically.
“I’m really in the best situation,” Moon said. “I came in and saw the old tech-
nology, watched it leave, saw us go to the next step, and finally to our latest
brake. It’s an unreal machine.”
Moon isn’t a button-pusher, though. Kennedy grounded him with hands-on
press brake experience, and in recent years Kennedy noticed something when
Moon began to learn plate rolling.
“He’s a better plate roller than I am,” Kennedy said, “probably because I’m
Moon’s deliberate nature probably helps. He measures the radius as the part
comes out of the roll, makes adjustments, and steadily forms cylinders spot-on.
Today Moon and Kennedy operate as a close team. Each knows what the other is thinking, and they often seem to work as one. One job required hardware
to be inserted between bends in a sequence. Without hesitation, Moon rolled
the hardware insertion press close to the brake. Kennedy formed up two bends,
handed them to Moon for hardware insertion, and then Moon handed parts
back to Kennedy for the remaining bends. Both were in the zone, each in sync
with the other. The torch is ready to be passed.
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