Thursday, May 11, 2006

Production Record

Day 2 of the 6 day shift cycle. Shift 4:00 am till midday
Press - Mulder
Tiles made: Faitiere No.1 5800
Dry Tiles unstacked: Marseilles 40 Brun Rustic

Probabaly not an official record but 5800 is the highest number I can remember.

But it's bloody annoying because the shift boss had a talk to us as our production figures were bad. He wants us from now on to not stop the press for the casse-croute, but to keep rolling and take turns having a break. Gege was not at all keen on the idea and had a strop.
It makes sense I'm afraid because in a half hour break we can make nearly 400 tiles. may not seem a lot butthat's 2400 over a cycle. Also, when the press is stopped for half an hour, the clay hardens, the moulds dry out and sometimes it can take 15 minutes to get the thing turning well again.
But back to being bloody annoying - today we would have mad over 5300 even if we had stopped for a break, because there were no breakdowns, no change of product to unstack. (Have a look at last Friday as an example of having to unstack different products - each change involves adjusting the grappins, rinsing and restarting the glaze sprayers etc)
So the boss will look at today's figures and think "Ah, my little talk did the trick - now I know how many tiles they can really make"


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