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150T Pin Press…worth its weight in gold
It started with a conversation, ended up in the Klondike, but
along the way there was a stop at a Trade Show in Las Vegas…thankfully this
time, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas! This is about the journey of a very lucky WTC
150 Ton Pin Press …
First, we’ll start at a manufacturing company in Ixonia,
Wisconsin, where all of the newly ordered WTC Pin Presses are made. You may have heard of this company before,
it’s been around for a LONG time…WTC Machinery!
Here at WTC, we are a one-stop-shop for track repair equipment,
manufacturing everything from Full Track Shops, to Torque Wrenches and Grouser
Welders, and, yes, the star of this story: Pin Presses.
Now, back to Las Vegas…
WTC had a booth at MineExpo, in Las Vegas, and you’ll never
guess who our guys got to meet!! They
got to hang out with a few of the key players from show Gold Rush! That’s not even the most exciting part… the
mechanic from one of the teams on Gold Rush had previously acquired one of our
150T Pin Presses, AND he brought it with him to MineExpo! You see, after
hearing about the added efficiency, safety features, and ease of use that WTC’s
Pin Press offers, the deal had been sealed.
Now let’s return to the manufacturing company in Ixonia, Wisconsin,
where the real fun begins! Every piece
of equipment that comes through our shop is a collaboration of whole team. Our Sales department works hand in hand with
our in-house team of Design Engineers, experienced Field Engineers, and
dedicated Manufacturing team, and together they make any necessary changes or
customization that our customers need in order to ensure that each piece of
equipment is exactly what is needed.
Once the manufacturing process is complete, and our team is satisfied
that every aspect of the equipment is just right, then our shipping department
wraps it up with care and schedules the freight carrier to pick it up.
So, our lucky 150T Pin Press makes its way from Wisconsin
down to Nevada, and after a brief stop at MineExpo, continues on to the
Klondike to prove that WTC Machinery’s 150T Pin Press is worth its weight in
“There are three kinds of people in this world: Those
that makes things happen, those who wait for things to happen, and those who
wonder what the heck just happened.” – Unknown
In the world of shipping and
receiving, it is imperative to NOT be one of those people that wonders what the
hell just happened…for example, you don’t want to be the person that is
wondering what to do now that you’re looking at the damaged piece of equipment
that you unloaded…and signed for…and the truck has already pulled out of your
So how do we avoid being one
of those people? You perform delivery inspections! That is to say, inspect your shipments before
you sign for the delivery! I know that
sometimes the shop is really busy, and this is an inconvenient hassle, but in
the end it will save so much time and help to eliminate headaches. Make it a mandatory part of your SOP to
perform delivery inspections before signing any receiveing paperwork, and
before you know it your regular drivers will come to expect it.
At WTC, it’s a part of our
SOP to do everything we can to ensure that the equipment and parts that you
order arrive to you in the same condition when they leave our door, however,
sometimes things happen during transit that we can’t predict. It is these times when you’ll be glad you
inspected your shipment before the driver left!
Afterall, you don’t want your hard-earned money to end up a part of
someone’s scrap pile…
Workplace Safety – the pain in the a$$ that may prevent a
pain in you’re a$$...
We have all worked somewhere that has had a workplace “accident”,
right? Have you ever thought to
yourself, “You know what? That could’ve
been prevented if he’d just fill in
the blank with appropriate action…”
Well you’re right!
“We don’t work in a dangerous environment.
We work in a hazardous environment that we make dangerous by not following safe
work procedures and wearing our PPE.” -Brad Miles
Now granted, it often seems like a hassle to use the safety
door or strap on that safety harness, right?
It would be quicker to just reach in there quick and make whatever
adjustment you need without taking the time to shut everything off, then make
your changes, and finally to restart what you were doing… But here’s the thing:
I’m willing to bet you’d think it was a lot less of a hassle while you’re thinking
back on what you could’ve done differently from your hospital bed.
According to OSHA, the number of workplace accidents has
been steadily rising over the past 15 years, with 2016 having the highest
number of incidents since 2003! And keep
in mind, that’s only the reported incidents…
It’s our philosophy at WTC Machinery that if we go the extra
mile to ensure that our equipment leaves our facility with as much thought put
into end-user safety as possible, then we are helping our customers ensure a
safer workplace for their employees. We
install secondary safety switches and doors, and use remote controls whenever
possible on our machines in an effort to minimize operator contact with moving
parts during operation. Check out our
Products pages to see our safety features for yourself!
I’m happy to welcome you to WTC Machinery’s new blog: Track Talk!
This is where you’ll find industry relevant news, useful
tips, get to know our team, and have your most commonly asked questions
answered. We’ll be talking about track
repair equipment, tooling, safety, shipping, preventative maintenance, you name
it! I also want to say, real quickly,
what this blog is not…it’s not a place to request a quote, schedule a service
call, or arrange commissioning. You
wouldn’t use a torch on a rubber hose, right?
Let’s make sure we’re using the proper tools for the job. WTC is committed to helping you with all of
your track repair needs, and to be sure of that, we have a great in-house team
in place to take care of those needs. Please feel free to call or email, even
send a message on FaceBook!