Elvis lives – at Manner. Exclusive interview!
Manner employs many interesting characters who we want to introduce to our readers through these interviews. Today, we are interviewing a very exceptional character: none other than Elvis himself. Manner’s production line includes an injection moulding machine known to his friends as Elvis. But what does Elvis think of Manner? Let’s ask him.
Hi Elvis! Let’s start with the basics. How long have you been here?
I was born in Austria in spring 2007; on 18 April 2007 at 11:22 to be exact. I was 6.99 metres and weighed 12.9 tonnes. I arrived at Manner on 25 May 2007 at 12:50 travelling on an air cushion to the very same place I’m located now. When I was born, I was only called by the number 164605 but, as soon as I arrived at Manner, Jani Lehtola named me after the rock and roll legend Elvis (derived from my working title Eleven). As the other machines all had a number plate on the side, Jani made me a plate of my own.
What is your job description? What does an ordinary day look like?
My work mainly involves eating and melting plastic granules. I use pressure up to 1,000 bar to spit the molten plastic out into various moulds that have been placed on my lap. I am very special in the sense that I can eat two different types of plastic as I have two throats. Thanks to this feature, I can make castors with a hard rim and soft tyre. I can’t really talk about my day at work because I always work nights as well. It is only at weekends that I get a chance to cool off. Luckily, I was immediately assigned a helper who places parts in the castor moulds and removes the finished castors. My helper is even the same colour as I am, and I think we both came from the same place.
What do you think about your colleagues?
I like Tenner the most because we are very much alike, and we work side by side. The others around us tend to be smaller and older. I don’t really know the machines over at the metal shop, but I hear there is someone who is even bigger than I am. He does make a booming sound when he is working, though. The people who assist me work very hard when they are changing moulds or launching a new series but usually they just leave me to work on my own. They only come to see the castors and hardly notice me at all. Except if I flash my warning light. That’s when they come running back to take care of me.
How do you balance your work and personal life? Do you have any hobbies?
Well, we always have a big party over the weekend when all the people have gone and it’s just us machines here in the dark. I, Elvis, play the guitar, Tenner dances and high-fives Fiver. Ripa and Kaiser are jamming while Tango is spinning around on his own in the corner. There are also Ritu and Roope, but who remembers their names anymore.
What does the future look like through the eyes of a robot (if you have any)? Let me rephrase the question: what are your future prospects?
Me, a robot?! I am an injection moulding machine with 180 tonnes of clamping force and two hot runners. The robot is the small device on my back that can barely lift 10 kilos.
It looks like I will have plenty of work in the future. Our people are always coming up with new, fabulous products for me to work on. Customers want fancy castors with soft tyres and durable rims. If I wear out or break, these friendly people have promised to replace any necessary parts and keep me in good shape. Elvis will live forever!