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Interestingly enough, there are other instances of machinery in Europe
that are very large. In major part, this is because wages are so high
in the E.U. for many things that it may be much cheaper to invest in
larger equipment that takes less labor per unit of production.
For example, nearly twenty years ago, the largest printing press in
the world was one in Sweden. It was a web offset press that could
print a 160 page book in a single impression. The negatives for making
its plates were specially made just for this press by Kodak. If I
recall correctly, it took something like a quarter to half mile of
paper just to get the press up to speed and fully synched.
Strip mining machinery such as this Krupp example are often quite
huge, partly because in many cases so much material must be processed
to get a useable output. For example, the largest dump trucks I can
find reference to are the Liebherr T 282B and the Terex Unit Rig,
either of which are designed to carry up to 400 tons at a time. These
would be the sort of rigs used with the large strip mining machines
such as we are discussing here. Note that LIebherr, as you might
imagine, is a German company.
Also, from a tech writing perspective--all of these machines are so
large they are shipped to the job site in pieces and assembled on
site. Thus, instruction manuals would have to include full assembly
instructions in addition to normal maintenance processes. The scale of
the job of maintaining them is incredible as well. I saw a video not
long ago featuring a Cat dump rig just a tiny bit smaller than these
two--and before it went in for routine maintenance, it was run through
a wash booth--and just washing it took 12 hours of work, to get it
clean enough to be sure the mechanics were able to see everything and
get to it all for service. The tires on that machine were 13 feet tall
and cost $60,000 each, by the way.
> From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, " Madelyn \(GE Healthcare consultant\)Boudreaux" <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>
> Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 15:30:47 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Re: (Un)Seriously Friday (was RE: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?)
> You'd have to use a REALLY large font.
> --- On Fri, 4/2/10, Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant) <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com> wrote:
>> From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant) <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>
>> Subject: (Un)Seriously Friday (was RE: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?)
>> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>> Date: Friday, April 2, 2010, 5:45 PM
>> Can you even imagine writing the
>> manual for THIS thing?
>> I suppose that BIG doesn't necessarily mean "more
>> complicated" but just
>> the warnings on the saw blade part must be enormous.
>> Knowing what I do
>> of European regulations, I can't believe this thing is
>> allowed to exist
>> in Germany, but it does!
>> DANGER: ALWAYS SIGN A TREATY BEFORE OPERATING IN SMALL
>> WARNING: Heavenly bodies may be attracted to the system,
>> and can become
>> trapped. Call a service technician if a planet or moon
>> begins to orbit
>> the system.
>> Caution: Elephants and blue whales may become lodged in the
>> saw blade
>> teeth. Always remove large mammals before turning on the
>> Note: Small mammals do not need to be removed from the saw
>> blade, but
>> populations of more than 18 individuals may be relocated to
>> the tire
>> treads for improved saw blade operation.
>> Madelyn Boudreaux
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