We at KÄLLSTRÖM would like to wish all our customers and subcontractors a Merry Christmas (God Jul) and A Happy New Year (Gott Nytt År).
Best regards from all of us to all of you!
At the moment we are fully engaged in the mounting of solar panels on the roof of our new assembly hall. The first section is up already and the solar boys are working diligently despite ice, snow and winds. We will cover the entire roof-area which in the end will be upwards 400 square meters of solar panels. We are very excited to see the installation completed and commissioned so we will start generating clean solar-power.
Solar panels in the making. The plan is to be self-sufficient and even generate a small surplus.
It’s that time of the year again – when the winter is over us and surprises us with heaps of snow. A look out the window at Källström today looks like this. Driving to work is a bit of a trial in ice and snow. But in our assemblyhall it’s business as usual and we are building sewveral machines at full pace under our banana-trees, in spite of all the cold and snow.
Yet another shipment is under the way and the fillers are as always properly secured by bolts and straps in the container before sent away from Källströms. Workshop manager Mirek is overlooking the loading to make sure everything is as it should be before departure. Two new SF4-2 on the way to the customer.
In the midst of everything with the construction of the new hall and all, we still do shipping. At times the absence of a floor or a hard surface have created smaller problems for us, but we have endured and managed to work around the obstacles. But those days are over now and the other day we shipped out two machines. Two double-machines of our popular SF4-2 series.
Time to fill the hall with concrete to get a sturdy floor in our new assembly hall. A gigant pump is constantly filled up by concrete trucks.
The concrete is pumped via a long arm and hose into the hall to form the new floor.
Filing up the floorbed with concrete goes rather quick and the liquid floor surface is flattened as we go.
The hall is filling up bit by bit and a shiny concrete surface emerges more and more.
Almost done, just a few square meters to go…
As soon as the concrete starts to harden the polishing of the surface is up. This looks like a machine I personally would love to ride around on.
New floor hardened and is now ready for use.
Next step is furnishing and set up of the interior as soon as the doors are up.
After the Christmas and New Years eve, we are ramping up production on the new year. Apart from new machines our new production hall is shaping up more and more. The roof and plating is ongoing and preparation for the new floor has been made. The new area around the hall is also taking shape. A driveway has been founded and the pole setting for the gates are also done. Now we are waiting for the floor to be concreted.
Roof was starting to come up in December.
After the roof, the preparation of concreting the floor started.
Floor ready for concrete.
External plating is under way on a wonderful sunny day.
We are in the middle of the ongoing building of our new assembly hall. The new hall is taking form more and more and it’s a rather quick process after all. As soon as the connection blocks was in place, the steel skeleton was next.
After a days work the entire beam structure was on place. A crane lifted the steal beams in place one by one and the construction team secured the beams to the connection blocks.
Next step in the process as soon as the beams where in place, was the concrete wall elements. A bigger crane lifted them into place and the next construction team fastened them to the steel constructiuon.
When the concrete walls was in place the roof-structure was started as well as the walls, which was lifted up into position and fastened to the steel beams.
With the walls in place we start to get a feeling about the size of the new assembly hall – 12 meters width, 36 meters long and 7,6 meters high. More than enough space for a fullsize indoor tennis court actually.
Last week we took a break and went to a nearby race-track to blow off some dust. The weather was faboulous and apart from a few wheel-related mishaps (some put the pedal to the metal and unhinged a tire from the rim in the process) the driving went fine. After several practice runs two finals followed, B-final and A-final, to separate the wheat from the chaff – and by then both gloves and all bets were off.
In the A-final the race went hot and without mercy. A close encounter sent two cars up in an embankment, but in the end all four cars crossed the finish line.
The happy Källström Team prepared and ready to enter the race track:
Upper row, from left to right:
Björn Boij, Fredrik Larsson, Anders Källström, Mirek Polanski, Björn Meeuwisse, Tommy Berglund.
Lower row, from left to right:
Bo Johansson, Lotta Limborg, Camilla Källström, Marie Lindbergh.
Lying down: Jim Sandberg.
The fender bender in the A-finale. Two cars went off the track together (red circle) and the black car (green arrow) ended up the winner, the silvery car (the yellow arrow) ended up as runner up.
B-final winners from left to right on the winners’ stand: Lotta (no 2), Björn Boij (no 1), Camilla (no 3).
A-final winners from left to right on the winners’ stand: Fredrik (no 2), Mirek (no 1), Anders (no 3). Far left, Jim is a flabbergasted number 4.
We are completing a couple of new machines in the workshop, it’s a couple of our popular SF4-2D. They are up and running and soon ready to be shipped away to customer.