After an extremely hard week at work, I am feeling pretty good considering. Thursday, I was on my feet all 12 hours, climbing up and down the press repeatedly as well as being down in the floor on my knees cleaning an ink cavity out on the lower press deck. This hurt me, my RA was growling at me for most of the day. Friday was better and Saturday was good, until the last 8 minutes of the shift when a fill in supervisor yelled at us for slowing the press down from 1500 feet per minute to 1150 feet per minute. This is a common practice at shift change adjusting the speed to allow the next crew coming on to be in place and ready when the roll splices to the next roll. This relatively new supervisor immediately came out of the office and informed me that I was not being fair to the company and it was the same as stealing from them. I was so mad I could have punched him, but then thought of what Lana's 10 year old son told her. I sped the press back up for the supervisor, (which only appeared to make him more hostile) the splice came off right at shift change and instead of 4 people at the press, there were 8 people in each others way causing chaos because there is not enough room for 8 people at the press.
If you think about it, 350 feet per minute slower for 8 minutes is 2800 feet of paper. That is barely 10% of one roll, but a few months ago the company had a 6S audit and management went through the parts room and threw out items that had not been called for in a certain period of time. They threw out motors, wire harnesses, metal braces, ...etc like a drunken sailor spending money when he gets back on shore. You guessed it, 10 days after this cleaning spree, we (the pressroom) needed a coating drive motor ... just like the one they threw away out of the parts room. They had to order the special motor ($1,200) plus pay overnight shipping charges from Germany. In addition, they lost 2 1/2 shifts of work because the press was sitting idle, but a supervisor is upset with me for slowing the press down for, what would have been 8 minutes.
Sorry about the rant, I'm still aggravated about this today. Tomorrow will be better though, I have a good long ride planned.