Stork had just one day to the get the mid-sized press to its NPE 2015 booth, which it is sharing with Rollepaal Inc., a sister company that makes extruders.
Normally, Dekker sets up the show machines by himself. He had help from the Rollepaal people, like service engineer Hank Kosters. Fellow press makers from Sumitomo Demag, Engel and Husky lent a hand, including loaning special tools to the Stork crew.
“Before the show starts, everybody wants to help you,” Wentzel said. “When you have problems like this, your competitors are not competitors.”
Wentzel and Stork electrician Luc Pennings flew over from Holland.
“So we had to decide, what are we going to do? Because we don't want to let us down that easily. But it seemed almost impossible,” Wentzel said.
So just three days before NPE 2015 was set to begin, they decided to do it — to get the machine back into running order. They set up the press on the show floor and tore off the crushed machine guarding.
“And we hoped that the heart of the machine — the support, the tie bars, the platens — that these were still a bit OK,” Wentzel said.
Stork employees toiled long hours to square up the machine components and get the mold in order.
The machine molded its first pails at 9:30 a.m. on March 21, the Saturday before NPE 2015 — after employees began working on it at 2 a.m., linked via the Internet to Holland. The parts came out looking good. Then the Stork technicians began working to link a Sepro robot to the process.
Talk about a time-crush! Stork's maiden voyage may have set a record for fast action.
“We only have a few days' time,” Wentzel said. “[Under normal circumstances] you just have a week to set everything up. If everything goes fine it's no problem. But if you have a setback, then it's a race against the clock.”