Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What a crap day

Day 4 of the 6 day shift cycle. Shift midday till 8:00 pm
Press - DTP
Tiles made: Rives GR13 BV ?
Dry Tiles unstacked: Rives Demi Ronde Xahara

What started out to be another easy day like yesterday all went wrong at 2:00 pm. First, the conveyor belt leading to the press walked itself off the side of its rollers and the edge of the belt got chewed. The mechanics cut off the chewed edge and then spent some time getting the belt properly centered and tensioned.
Then the pump that sucks excess moisture off the top of the mouleuse went on the fritz and that took some time. And finally one of the bolts holding the upper tile mould sheered, and a new one had to be machined.

And when the press did get working I spent all the time nursing the claies which were doing their best to get jammed. We were taking off Rives Ronde which are big tiles, and making Rives GR13 which are little tiles. Mixing products of the two extremes makes the machinery very difficult to set up.


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