Mythbusting 101: Manufacturing is a Dirty Job (but someone’s got to do it!)

MYTH:  Manufacturing is a Dirty Job

Well, it’s not working in a clean room (although there are manufacturing jobs where you could) but modern manufacturing is not the messy job that you might be expecting.


There was a time in manufacturing when cleanliness was next to — well — impossible.  Lubricants and finishes were applied by hand, and machines were not encased — a worker could be, and often was, splashed by fluids from the machine he worked at.


“A group of men in a machine shop” (2015). WPI Historical Images. Paper 995.



Today’s machining and manufacturing is much different.  Barry Young, Bardons & Oliver’s Contract Manufacturing Manager explains:

There are still fluids and lubricants, and in metalworking such as our machines do, there are fragments of metal created during the machining process, but they’re handled by conveyors and drainage systems that work to recycle fluids and off-load bits of metal for recycling purposes.


K4 Machine at Bardons & Oliver

On the left side of the above machine, you can see a black chute – that’s the conveyor.  When the machine is running, a bin below the conveyor catches the byproducts of the metal-cutting process.

Fluids drain through the pallets and are collected, detritus is filtered out and they are put back into the system.

pallet on machine

K4 – The gridded square metal platforms in the machine and to the left are called pallets.

That’s not to say you can’t get dirty — but it’s a lot less likely than it once was.  And there are always positions in a company like Bardons & Oliver where you don’t have to get your hands dirty at all.  CNC programmers, engineers and inspectors are as important a part of the of the process as the machinists on the shop floor.

Myth – Busted!

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