January 7, 2014

CONTROL: High-end CNC machines can’t be moved without manufacturers’ permission. “Effectively, this means that machinists’ shops can’t rearrange their very expensive, very large tools to improve their workflow from job to job without getting permission from the manufacturer (which can take a month!), even if their own the gear. According to posts in the thread, many manufacturers have introduced this lockdown feature because their goods have found their way into Iran, violating the embargo. So now these machines can’t be moved at all without the manufacturer’s knowledge and consent, a situation that the manufacturers have turned into a business-opportunity by using the technology to assist in repossessing machines from delinquent lease-payers — and requiring permission for privilege of deciding where to place their key capital assets.”