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15 Artistic Views of the Factory

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   6/2/2014 7:48:12 PM
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Great idea for a slideshow, Rob. Unfortunately, media depictions of the factory still line up closely with Slide 2.

William K.
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Re: fanciful images Factories ARE interesting
William K.   6/2/2014 3:15:35 PM
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As an engineer of industrial testing systems and equipment I have visited a lot of factories, and some of them really stand out. One plant area was painfully loud, and so oily that if you dropped a tool you would not bother to recover it. Another was so very clean that you could lie on your back under a machine and not have any smudges on a white uniform shirt. That room was where they assembled refigeration compressors, it had to be clean. A lot of facories do resemble some of the pctures though. 

And I wonder about that machine that CC was climbing on, what was it supp0osed to be doing?

Dave Palmer
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Dave Palmer   6/2/2014 1:10:27 PM
@Jim_E: Thanks for sharing the Industriefotografie site.  The photographer Michael Schultz has put together a two-volume set of coffee table books, called "Foundry Work," which are available through the American Foundry Society.  They are very nice (although also very pricey).  You can see them here.

bob from maine
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bob from maine   6/2/2014 12:44:07 PM
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During visits to Russia in the 80's and 90's I saw that nearly every public space or conference room had murals showing the people sharing the job to achieve a common goal. I think! Very similar to Diego Rivera's paintings. I do remember standing on a mezzanine overlooking a very large machine shop of perhaps 200 lathes and milling machine all working and cranking-out product, and right in the middle of this huge room was 2 beautiful green CNC machines surrounded by yellow lines on the floor. I noted to my host that the machines were unattended and he responded proudly that those machine could do the work of 20 to 30 men, each! Then, in a lower tone he also mentioned that "In Russia, we have no unemployment." They kept the machines there for when the party leaders came from Moscow for a visit. I have always found large factories very depressing. They must have great purpose in our society but I find I have no purpose in them.

BrainiacV
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More games with factory like images
BrainiacV   6/2/2014 12:25:12 PM
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The Half-Life series of games took place inside military/industrial environments.

The newer versions of DOOM seemed to copy some of that experience as well.

 

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GTOlover   6/2/2014 10:56:21 AM
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I agree, woul dbe nice to see more modern looks. Or how film portray the factory.

Examples:

Terminator movies always had good factory sequences. A really far out vision was the robot factories in Star Wars II. These sort of put the sinister side of automated factories!

Jim_E
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Steelmaking
Jim_E   6/2/2014 9:39:25 AM
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I'm a fan of one of the largest scale industries: Steelmaking.


My grandfather and my father both worked and retired from a small steel mill, and I spent two memorable summers there during college, giving me the desire to make it through college!


Here is an excellent, artistic site from Germany, showing awesome artistic views of the steel industry:

http://www.stahlseite.de/

Tweet
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Tweet   6/2/2014 9:13:53 AM
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Hear, hear! I love all of those How It's Made shows, and I love touring factories. (favorite tour? Budweiser plant!)

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NadineJ   6/1/2014 12:30:09 AM
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I agree.  These are really interesting.  Great slide show.  Something new.  It would be interesting to see more modern works, outside of the gaming industry.

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naperlou   5/31/2014 7:40:54 PM
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Rob, one of my favorite has always been the spacecraft factories I had worked at.  These are, of course, very low volume, but they always had several things going.  There was also a test building, which was separate.  I think that was in case something went wrong.  They were always full of complex machines. 

Another very exotic types of facility is big science.  When I was at the University of Maryland we had our own cyclotron in the basement.  This also had a very large machine shop to keep it going.  I had an old sports car that I was restoring and the slave cylinder went out on my clutch.  The guys in the shop made me a new one out of titanium.  I was a thing of beauty.  In the Chicago area we have Fermilab, and also Argone National Labs.  The Advanced Photon Source (APS) is an older accelerator that is currently used to produce very high energy "light" for both industrial and research purposes.  The machinery there and the devices they make are very intesting and exotic. 

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