Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lifetime changes

December 16, 2010

Isn’t it amazing how you can find things you forgot you had or forgot things you knew about?

I somehow thought about all the technology changes that have taken place in my lifetime. Fifty-five years ago I worked at the Milk Producers Marketing Company in the Fairfax district in Kansas City, Kan. We had 5,000-gallon refrigerated storage tanks of milk, and I always needed to know the level of milk in the tanks by the pound in order to standardize the butterfat. At that time, we got our first storage tank gauge equipment that operated off of compressed air filtration components.

The King Engineering Co., Ann Arbor, Mich., provided the gauges for the food, dairy, beverage, personal care, cosmetics,and chemical companies as well as applications for the marine industry. This company was founded in 1937 and it now has global sales in Europe, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America.

They sent in a technician to accurately calibrate the levels of liquid in a tank. They started out with a one-inch stainless steel rod that was removable, in the tank, and they had a known 50-gallon tank of water that they would pump into the tank to make the first mark on the gauge. Another 50-gallon tank of water would be added and another mark was made. This went on until the tank was full of water and all the markings were on the gauge that looked like a large 30” thermometer.

Now the technology for all this is far more advanced and the ability to monitor the level of fluid in a tank is so much easier and faster. What I thought was great 55 years ago has changed so much. Now you can monitor a dozen tanks as opposed to one. These systems can also be used for so many different industries now.

I wonder what the amazing changes in the next 55 years will be. Wish I could be here then to see what our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will witness.

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