The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Open Bar: Arguments About Turtles, All the Way Down« Last post by NoLeDeMiel on Today at 02:31:03 pm »
Brand new $4 Mn kiln.
Built under budget. How did Mike manage this? Why, he left off inconsequential things like elevated platforms for people to stand on (extension ladders as a routine operations thing, lol) and maintenance rails for the 3 ton carts.
Which has managed to bite us a whole week into running the machine, when 2 "top" operators decided that the procedure was inefficient and decided to load the machine in manual mode. Not gonna bore you with details, but "manual" turns off all the safeties, and as they overloaded the entrance tracks, the end car fell off the rail, because in manual, the loading traverse cart doesn't automatically return (hence the "manual" part).
So I have been here since 3 AM, first righting the cart, then using a monster fork lift to lift the cart off the tracks and place it on the ground, as there is no maintenance rail to shunt it off onto. Every single time there is a problem, we will have to rig and lift the carts, which is an inherently hazardous task.
I explained this in the morning staff meeting in terms that made Mike literally weep with rage. I approve of this. I shall see if I can ramp it up until the fat useless arrogant bastard strokes the fuck out.
Carts filled with oil?
No, carts filled with aluminum oxide.
I'd say "phew" but it's a small, small "phew". More like a "phew".