Rick Dailey, a block machine tech on 2nd shift, was recently named Employee of the Month for October.
Dailey was nominated by Dave Peplinski, who noted Dailey's attention to detail in receiving the award.
Dailey was inspecting for porosity on the water pump face when he noticed that hole 531 was not drilled through. He notified the area engineer and foundry representative of his concerns and a 100% inspection began immediately.
Other blocks with the same defect were located and suspect engines had already been shipped to vehicle operations. This issue was a foundry defect caused by a vent core pin. Product engineering determined the defect would lead to engine failure, which resulted in a stop ship of LEP engines.
Engines and vehicles that were built with this defect were either repaired by LEP, vehicle operations, or in some cases repaired by a Ford dealership.
Without his attention to detail, these engines would have made it out into the field and led to engine failure and unhappy customers.
Congrats Rick and thank you for your dedication to quality!