Logistics Committee

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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.

Purpose

The defining premise of the Logistics Committee is to maintain and promote the Comedy of the Commons at the Dallas Makerspace.

  • Creating and enforcing rules for storage areas
  • Restocking of general supplies
  • Restocking, management and repair of general tools
  • Maintaining general work areas
  • General safety: First Aid, Fire extinguishers, clear walkways
  • Managing trash/recycling contractor

Governance Model

You show up to the weekly meeting and convince the chair that you are right. He's a total pushover. It's not that hard.

Contact

Questions concerning the Logistics Committee can be sent to [email protected] may be brought up for discussion at the following logistics committee meeting which is concurrent with the monthly storage meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Restock Points

3D Fab

  • Calipers
  • Super glue

Automotive shelves

  • Distilled water
  • Windex

Automotive tool chest

  • Plastic bags
  • Single edge razor blades

Bathrooms / janitor closet

  • Toilet paper
  • Trifold paper towels
  • Hand scrub (janitor closet)
  • Liquid Plumber

Galley

  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Zip lock bags
  • Disposable cups

General work shop tool chest

  • Utility knives / blades
  • Allen wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Wire strippers

Office Supply Area

  • Address labels
  • Envelopes
  • Melamine foam (for dry erase boards and general cleaning)
  • Power strips
  • Pens, pencils, sharpies, dry erase markers
  • Fire extinguishers (spares)

Ryobi Tool Area

  • Extension cords
  • Ryobi tools: drills, impact wrenches, torque wrenches, flood lights, circular saws, angle grinders, batteries
  • Drill/screw bits
  • Dremel tools, dremel bits
  • Tape: painter's, masking, duct, packing
  • Screwdrivers

Wood Shop Tool Area

  • Drywall screws
  • Wood glue

Project Storage

The Logistics Committee hosts the Dallas Makerspace's Storage Meeting on a monthly basis - typically on the first Sunday of each month at 4PM in the Conference room. At this meeting, advice and guidance is given to all of the affected operating committees to manage and coordinate a unified and transparent storage policy at the Dallas Makerspace. Although each committee technically maintains control over its own area, storage issues often transcend the domain of any one committee and the Storage Meeting provides a forum to help coordinate these policies.

Storage Policies

The following text appears on each Storage Card (and is intended to be a general guide for project storage):

  • USING STORAGE: Fill out a Storage Card completely and legibly with good contact information, select a slot, and fill it taking care not to present a hazard. Vacate your slot before the printed expiration date, or if you need more time attend a Storage Meeting (or have someone act as an Agent on your behalf).
  • USING PROJECT STORAGE (shelves): Insert your completed Storage Card in the slot, occupy it, and keep your project visually separate from adjacent slots
  • USING PALLET STORAGE: Load your pallet and park it under the shelves or in pallet storage. Situate materials so they remain stable; expect your pallet to be moved the longer it is at DMS.
  • USING FLOOR STORAGE: Contact Logistics prior to using floor storage for more than 24 hours.
  • EXTENSIONS: You or an agent must attend a Storage Meeting (typically 1st Saturday of the month) in person to request an extension
  • REMOVALS: Projects that have exceeded the date printed on the Storage Card will be tagged for removal and members are to remove them by the printed date on the Removal Notice; after this date they may be relocated to Offsite Storage at any time.
  • DISPOSAL OF PROJECTS: Projects removed to offsite storage may be disposed of 28 days after the date on the Removal Notice.
  • ACCESSING OFFSITE STORAGE: Assured Self Storage, 2444 Luna Road Carrollton TX, Unit 1000, keys located below Storage Cards
  • CONTACTING LOGISTICS: E-mail [email protected], or attend a Logistics/Storage Meeting

Complete Storage Policy: File:Project Storage 1.0 2016-04-30.pdf

A Note On Sanctions

5/17/2016

Due to increasing violations of storage rules - which have the effect of reducing storage availability, presenting hazards to members, and increasing Logistics' workload, Logistics will start issuing sanctions to violators.

Section 7 of the rules allow for bans from project storage for a variety of reasons:

Members can be banned from storage for reasons including but not limited to: violations of the rules, failing to complete a project that was offered a final extension, creating hazardous situations, acting as an administrative nuisance to the Logistic Committee, abandoning a Floor Storage project, and dodging Removal Notices

Logistics will also begin invoking committee discretion powers in Section 1. In particular, we will be addressing project storage in common areas, and expedited removal of projects in violation of the rules.

We do not wish to be vindictive nor controlling - we simply wish for the storage process to be equitable for all involved.

Personal Storage

2015-11-08
Personal storage is provided via a bin system in the galley for storage of items such as personal protective equipment, small tools, 3D printer filament, small components, etc. Unlike project storage, personal storage is permanent with no project timelines and no periodic review requiring your participation.

Process for obtaining a bin

Any active member may utilize personal storage using a provided bin for a one-time fee:

  • Fully complete the form on one of the envelopes in the galley
  • Insert $20 cash into the envelope
  • Pick out a bin and lid then attach the envelope to the bin
  • Place the bin into an available slot in the rack
  • Once Logistics receives your payment, a permanent official label will be attached to an exterior face of your bin

Personal Storage Rules

  • Bins must have an official label (or completed envelope) affixed per the above process
  • Members may have one bin per RFID#, paid separately
  • You must use an IKEA Trofast bin (you may provide your own if you wish - including the shallower variant - however the fee still applies)
  • Bins may be personalized, however the official label must be clearly visible on one of the facing ends
  • You may orient your bin however you choose (official label outward or inward)
  • Bins must be stored fully inserted into the rack so as not interfere with other bins - the lid should fully close and rest flush with the top
  • Items stored in the rack not in a bin will be removed immediately: the racks are not to be used as shelves
  • Slots in the rack are not reserved and are first-come, first-serve
  • Logistics will conduct periodic audits of bins; note that bins may be relocated during this process and will likely be re-oriented so that the label is visible
  • The contents of any bins that do not conform with these rules will be returned to the member and their personal storage privileges will be revoked; if you wish to use personal storage again you will need to complete the process for obtaining a bin again including paying the usage fee

Other notes:

  • We recommend the use of lids: the bins can bear more weight with lids (we determined this experimentally), and lids discourage casual browsing of bin contents
  • Trofast bins are made of a material that does not take to adhesives well; if you wish to personalize your bin with a label, beware that it may fall off the bin
  • In the past we experienced few issues with personal storage; note that the galley is under 24/7 video surveillance and the present arrangement allows for better camera visibility
  • We may opt to allow fully custom bins made from materials of your choosing in the future; if we do they must play nicely with others and not exceed the critical dimensions of the existing Trofast bins
  • Should Logistics implement another phase of personal storage to meet demand, the usage fee is expected to increase

Members

  • Erik Smith (Chair, Benevolent Dictator)
  • Allen Wan
  • Brandon Green (His Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition)
  • Alex Rhodes
  • Andrew LeCody
  • Lisa Selk
  • Chuck Graf
  • Nick Sainz
  • Frank Lima
  • Stan Simmons
  • Walter Anderson
  • David Kessinger
  • Cindy Kilkenny

How To Join

  1. Add your name to the Members list
  2. Send an e-mail to [email protected] and indicate whether or not you'd like to be on the mailing list
  3. Show up and help

Discussion

Show up to the weekly meeting that starts at noon on Saturday.