A funny story about a Radiant Control Coating in a hospital

In the 30 years I have worked with our Radiant Control Coating, I have encountered some cute and funny events.

There is a cute story that goes with this picture.

This is a photo of two autoclaves used to sterilize operating tools in a hospital.  They are heated by a boilers steam heat.  Not exactly a residential water heater, but they woprk similarly as far as heat energy escaping from the inside to the cold outside.

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This small hospital has one man on duty on the graveyard shift. That night it was Larry G.

Larry coated these 2 Autoclaves in the hallway closet off of the 2 surgery rooms.  He also coatedd the app 4 feet of steam pipe with our Radiant Control Coating.   He didn’t tell anyone he did it.

About 7 am the elderly man who took care of getting out and sterilizing the surgery tools to be used that day got to work.  Once the tools were in the autoclave he would turn on the heat emminating from the boiler pipe.  He would then place a round thick piece of paper on a charting wheel connected to the units.  They were the size of an old 33 1/3 record album.

The tools had to stay at a certain temperature for a certain length of time.  The round papers marked the time and the temperature and were kept as permanent records. 

The man had been doing this 5 days a week for 30 years. 

He set the papers up and walked away for a few minutes.  On coming back and looking he saw that the temperature marker on both wheels were completely off the chart!  He ran down the main hallway with his arms in the air yelling  ‘EVERYBODY OUT!  RUN!  THE BOILERS GONNA BLOW!!!”  He got EVERYBODY into the hallway from the admin offices, the ER, the cafeteria and 2 classroooms full of people all more than a little freaked out!

Luckily, Larry had not left yet.  He explained, well, to everyone what had happened and why the temperature reading went so high.  He stuck around and adjusted down the amount of steam heat going to the autoclaves so they were back in the same temperature range as before they were coated.

After the Plant Operations Chief Engineer got his nerves to settle down, he said “  You could not have come up with a better sales demonstration than THAT, no way, NOT EVER!”

Please feel free to check out my Group, 'Radiant Control Coatings'  and the several discussions started there,

Thanks.

Hal

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