Picture this: You have a full “to do” list for the day and show up at the plant ready to rock it. You do not make it 10 feet inside the gate before being told there was another fire in your rotary dryer last night. Luckily, the literal fires have been put out, but now you get to deal with the metaphorical ones. So much for tackling that “to do” list. The board will not be happy to hear you had to put off your reports again.
Because the plant is still down, you decide to open the dryer for an internal inspection. You cannot remember the last time that happened — until you realize it was probably the last time it caught fire. You usually try to stay out of the dryer operations altogether to work on more important things, but today you are going in. Your capacity has been down for several months, and you have getting uneven final product. Your customers are starting to complain, and now you had a fire. What is going on?