VEMAG Retrofit Idea Generation
1) Investigate on where exactly to put handle, details about issues of previous ones, see example of previous ones
- Telescoping style
- Folding style
- Non-removable style
- Raised railing style
Loading VEMAG vat into column dumper / "tumbler elevator"
- nothing on top to impede handle
- need to observe it actually being LOADED
Loading VEMAG vat into VEMAG itself
- they were actually using the tall ones
- the mirror above seems to be the only obstacle, but its still about a foot away from the top edge of the vat
- tall would need 8"-10" handle
- short would need 15" handle
How wide the meat comes out of the tumbler
- looks about 3 feet wide; 4 feet is probably safer
- where worker grabs it: only the posts on the side; not actual handles
- how they move it: rotate about 90 degrees to the right
- hook for the chain: clip/hook that can be attached / detached with one hand
Email from Chris 2/1/2010
Where else in the building are these vats used?
- These vats are also used in the central kitchen for loading the kettles. Generally they use the larger (taller) 600 lb vats, rather than the 300 lbers you generally see in the Marinade area.
If they are being used somewhere else, are they being shared between sections, or does each group have their own "designated" vats?
- Generally the Central Kitchen uses only the bigger ones and Marinade usually does not steal them, however during peak production season sometimes the Marinade area will steal from the Central Kitchen, but you will not see the Central Kitchen using the smaller vats for their own production.
Are these vats used with other machinery aside from the column dumper, VEMAG, and the hydraulic lift in the washroom?
- Nope, that's it.
If they are being used with other machines, when can I come in to observe it? I need to know where I can and can't attach things to these vats!
- There are other pieces of equipment in the future that it will be used with, but that area (and piece of equipment) will have separate vats that will not leave the room.