Trials of our SBR (synthetic rubber) through our sister plant's granulator at Grangemouth necessitated an overnight visit to Scotland earlier this week. The trials went well, the half a tonne of rubber we previously sent up was annihilated by the rotating knives ("Did you say knives?", "Rotating knives - yes."). That left enough time to see around the rest of the plant, quite a different process to ours - solvent rather than emulsion based polymerisation.
Shaun & I popped in to Edinburgh that night, it wasn't far & I was disgusted that Shaun hadn't been before. The grey day had given way to a very misty night with a light rain falling. After a great dinner (mmm, haggis) catching up with family-friend Thomas, whom I stayed with on my last visit three years ago, we went up & found the castle entrance looming out of the mist.
After more time discussing granulators, balers & general Finishing Plant issues the following day it was time to head off to the airport. Misjudging the time it would take, we were well early & popped down to the Forth to check out the bridges. We managed to get closest to the rail bridge (on land anyway), & it is by far the more photogenic - thankfully the weather was much better on Wednesday.
An all-too-brief return to Scotland, I must get up there again soon - it's beautiful & I'd forgotten how much I missed the accent. Black pudding isn't too bad either.
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