What A difference, having a map

I had to go out to a customer who had a guillotine that wouldn’t cut. Asked for drawings and was told that some one took them (the original person called for the job who passed it onto my old work who then had me go out for them).

So off we go checking that the normally closed are closed and that the normally open are open and that they close when the contactor pulls in, all good, check the coils all good, check all that can be checked. No dice I chase down some wiring and start a drawing so I have something to compare with, and decide to check the drawings in the office in Braeside. Unfortunately the customer is in Tullamarine.

The next day with drawings it takes fifteen minutes to locate and confirm the fault. Contactor coil open circuited and in parallel with another contactor so when you check it it reads OK. Of course changing the contactor over is still a bit of work but so be it.


9 Responses to “What A difference, having a map”

  1. 1 Barnesm
    September 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    No argument, maps help. Though in the army there is nothing more dangerous than a 2nd lieutenant with a map.

  2. 2 bangarrr
    September 15, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Surely the sergeants don’t allow it?

  3. September 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Guilotine that wouldn’t cut what?…..were they French?… o.O

  4. September 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Weird. When my cutty things don’t cut, I sharpen them.


    Sorry, had to say that. The Boss worked with brake presses for years, and teasing him about sharpening the die became an unbreakable habit.

    Besides. I’m a woman. Women can’t read maps. Well, I can’t anyway. But you know that already, Bangar.

  5. 5 bangarrr
    September 16, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Moko a little more complicated than the French style.

    CC as do I 😉 with stones. As to map reading turn the map so you’re travelling that way seems to help the topographically challenged.

  6. September 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I read that as ‘What a difference, having a nap’ and thought ‘I concur’

  7. 7 Bangar
    September 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    That works to Doc.

  8. 8 Therbs
    September 21, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Yeah, its sucks big time when you have to look at a map for technical stuff. Its like having to read instructions to hook up a large hadron collider, that always pisses me right off. “Make sure the Proton Synchotron is switched on before engaging the Super Proton Synchotron”. FKN LHC do-gooders, and don’t start me on their pedantic placement of the dipole magnets and quadrupole magnets. Almost as bad as assembling an Ikea bookshelf. Almost.

  9. 9 Bangar
    September 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Unless you lose the allen key in which case Ikea wins.

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