Monday, May 15, 2006

Its a filthy dirty job cont.

Day 5 of the 6 day shift cycle. Shift 8:00 pm till 4:00 am
Press - DTP
Tiles made: Double Tuile GR13 Littoral
Dry Tiles unstacked: Double Tuile GR13 Xahara

... and the job got filthier.
We only ran the press for 3 hours because of a breakdown at depillage. This meant nothing could come out of the kilns, which in turn meant nothing could go into the kiln, which in turn meant no more could come off our press. A big shame because the press was running well.
So instead we have to clean. In the cave all the clay that spills off the conveyor belts collects in little piles. These become bigger piles. After a while there are huge mountains of dusty earth clogging up the conveyor belts and motors. It is supoosed to be cleaned every day and if each time just gave 10 minutes to sweep the place out it would be kept under control.
It took 3 of us two and a half hours to clear the place out. It's hot work and the sweat was pouring off me, mixing with the clay dust and turning to mud on my arms, face and shoulders. (I was wearing a vest)
After that I had to prepare the ongobeuses (Glaze sprayers) for the following shift and that meant more water and glaze over me.
An finally, the next shift to use the DTP will be using black clay. The tremie feeding the DTP was full of red clay. So it had to be emptied via the conveyor belts into bins which were then taken by forklift to the neigbouring empty tremie and tipped in.
Quelle galere.


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