As an old(er) person, Christmas and the sentiments around it changes. From a younger person, awaiting the chance to open presents that could be almost anything, to a younger adult looking for what meaningful gift is awaiting you to open it. Lastly to an old(er) person that neither needs or wants much and takes pleasure in living vicariously through your children’s and grandchildren’s holiday delights. Yet, an old(er) person anticipating something new isn’t a lost feeling, just something felt less frequently.
So it is with a certain giddiness that the delivery day approaches for our latest acquisition, a new vertical injection molding press. We’ve bought a number of new presses and machine shop equipment in the last few years, (see earlier news posts listed below) but that was more of a purchase than an acquisition. Horizontal presses are much more common, readily available and well, plain.
Vertical opening presses are not so common, so accordingly carry a premium in price. While the two vertical presses we currently have are running fine, we have been looking to replace them for quite some time, as they are also the oldest presses on the production floor. We watch the used equipment web sites and emails for years, hoping a unit would come along. Put out feelers to multiple brokers asking to keep an eye out for a particular size, to no avail.
So we finally ordered a new press. It is being delivered as I write this, and I feel like a kid at Christmas. Can’t explain it, other than maybe it’s something we’ve wanted for some time, looked and looked, and until now we went without. Also maybe a little relief, that a replacement will arrive before an older press just says “enough”.
We will continue to execute our capital improvement plan, buying more equipment as the calendar rolls on. But I don’t think those acquisitions will have this feeling associated with them.
It’s nice to feel like a kid again.