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Thread: Hear my rant...

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    SE Michigan
    Quote Originally Posted by Jraef View Post
    I was my own company back then, but yes, that's correct.

    No more working for free for me... I have a deep respect for those that can manage to run their own company. I've tried it twice, I'm done. Give me a desk, a steady paycheck and a health plan now and I'll work (almost) as hard.

    Many people are shocked when they discover I am not a good electrician...
    This is a good opportunity to say THANK YOU for all the knowledge that you share here and on the other forums that you participate in. Your a wealth of knowledge, and have a wonderful demeanor in the way you present it. We need more people like you in our trade, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and respectful.

    I've been an independent contractor for more than 30 years, so I can relate well to the trials and tribulations that entails. Have often thought of taking an easier route as well, but I value my freedom a bit too much, or just haven found the right opportunity for me. It got a bit better, once I lost my partner though.

    You seemed to have held a plethora of positions at several companies over your career, and gained considerable knowledge from it. So thanks again for all that you make the time to share. I have benefited and I know others do as well. Keep it coming, as long as you have time for it.

    Customers, there are good and bad ones. Ones that are unappreciative of a job well done are the worst, and need to be terminated, at the first sign of showing their true colors.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
    Thanks for all the thoughts and responses. I’m over it now, but yesterday’s tirade was mostly because all of my coworkers had bailed early and I was in this big cubicle farm all alone, other than the customer support person (for accounting and such, not technical). She had no idea that the stuff we work on doesn’t typically last that long, most often because the machinery it’s attached to doesn’t.

    This was a 250HP drive on an ammonia refrigeration screw compressor. As I recall from the original project they wanted VFDs simply as glorified soft starters because the entire plant ran on generators (common in Alaska) and they needed to limit the starting current to the motor FLA, something that can only be done with a VFD. So it’s likely that these drives never saw any extreme duty in their lifetime.

    His beef was centered around a claim that I told him it would last 50 years. Even 30 years ago I would not have been that stupid, so I told him he must have heard that from someone else when we were competing for the project and since I won, he ascribed it to me. He took added offense to my questioning his memory. Whatever... talk to the hand.

    I talked to the guy who sold him the new drive and told him what he can look forward to. He pointed out that this bozo is in his mid seventies, so it’s highly unlikely he will be around the next time this drive fails. Although... it’s true that new drives are not likely to last that long.

    The other thing that bugs me is that again, as I recall, this was one of 4 ammonia compressors on the original fish processing plant. I wonder if the others are still running or if he only brought this one down to California with him? I forgot about that until afterward, now I no longer care enough to call him back. Oh well. My conscience is clear, I know I would have never fed him a line of BS like VFDs lasting 50 years. I make a point of being clear on that issue: 7-10 years on average, with a few rare exceptions, but generally longer than the machines they are running anyway. Back in the 80s when I started specializing in VFDs, I don’t even think I would have said even that long, because at that point I had not seen one installed for that many years yet. Thinking back, I probably commissioned my first one in 1985 (a Saftronics drive in a Klockner Moeller MCC), so by 1988 I would not have seen more than 3 years of use.
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    Many people are shocked when they discover I am not a good electrician...

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Resting under the Major Oak UK
    Mr. Reef has been a great help to me over the years. Not so much on MH but on an international forum.

    It’s good when you can ask a basic question and know you will get a logical answer.

    With regard to the “blame culture” in our industry. Without telling anyone I added massive amounts of registers to a program I had written to prove it wasn’t my program at fault. One of the plant operators narrowly missed being killed by a raw 8 ton casting at 850°C. I went to the great white chief’s office to ask when the incident occurred. I went back with the spreadsheet detailing the time and position of the machine. It was put down to “operator error” (he was fast asleep) and it was therefore swept under the carpet.
    Last edited by Tony S; 08-11-18 at 05:26 PM.
    The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.

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