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  1. Jun 28, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    50 kilos of fondant is tiped down the drain? 10 points for part 1 of answer,
    20 if the the end result is predicted.
     
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  3. Jun 28, 2006 #2

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    2 questions.
    What is fondant?

    What is tiped?

    Truly, America and England are two countries separated by a common language!
     
  4. Jun 28, 2006 #3

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    No they aint, it is just that i have an inability to spell much to my shame, fondant is the sugar decoration on many cakes, usualy applied hot as it sets,
    if you have a squiggly pattern on your doughnut a pound to a penny it is created with fondant.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2006 #4

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    We have fondant in the US, just most people call it frosting, though it's technically a specific type of frosting.

    So, wollie, how far did it get through the pipes before cooling and solidifying? All that wasted fondant! :cry:
     
  6. Jun 28, 2006 #5

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    Well, I would imagine that it would set up at some point and clog the pipe. The pipe could rupture.

    It reminds me of the time I was on a job to unclog a pipe in one of the laboratories in the Civil Engineering department of a university. In the laboratory, students experimented with cements and concrete, including composites with organics compounds (epoxies). The student would clean up their buckets and rinse them in the sink.

    As you might well imagine, the drain was clogged with - cement.

    We didn't know it at first, so we tried a snake (a mechanized coil). That didn't work.

    Then we tried an auger - that didn't work either. The sharp end, which could bore through most substances encountered in a pipe, because damaged - broken and twisted.

    Finally, we had to dismantle pipe, and that is when we found the cement and expoxy. :rolleyes:

    Policy was changed to disallow rinsing the various cements and cement/epoxies into the laboratory sink.
     
  7. Jun 28, 2006 #6

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    Are there any digestive enzymes or such that you could just pour down there to 'eat' the stuff?
     
  8. Jun 28, 2006 #7

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    Wolram, what have you been up to now? :bugeye:
     
  9. Jun 28, 2006 #8

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    It was almost as Astro said only a lot messier, i got a call about water comming out of a drain, when i arrived there were two people with buckets
    trying to bail the place out, when i noticed there was loo paper in the water
    i told them to leave it and went to phone dyno rod, next thing the loos started over flowing when flushed and solid matter was observed floating about the factory, dyno rod arrived and did what they do, the water drained away and a huge clean up went into swing, every thing was all most spik and span when the waters started to rise again, the next 3hrs was taken up with dyno rod having no success clearing the bolockage, i had hired a pump to keep levels down, trouble was i had to put the out let pipe through a window as it was not long enough to reach the main sewer, next we had a water tanker with a high pressure (snake) to blast the blockage out, gradually large lumps of white stuff started comming up in the main sewer and the factory started to drain, a huge sigh of relief all round and second clean up starts, i am just about to put the drain cover back on when i notice it is filling up, we lifted the cover in the road down stream from the factory, causing a bit of traffic chaos as it was in the middle of the road, that was allso filling up, so now the whole estate had no drainage, our fondant had blocked the local pumping station.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2006 #9

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    Hooray! :smile:


    I guess the last bit was just the icing on the cake.
     
  11. Jun 28, 2006 #10

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    People were driving to the near by garage to use the loo, the pumping station was cleared by midnight, all the lino in the office area had to be replaced, every one spent hours cleaning EVERYTHING in the factory,
    the grass went grey, and the management turned up the next day to
    take control of the situation , one of them learnt some new words, i felt
    ill for a couple of days.
     
  12. Jun 28, 2006 #11

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    Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh...

    Not precisely the sort of accident that one likes to think of as occurring in a food-production facility. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Jun 28, 2006 #12

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    Watch for that big sale on cakes in the very near future! :biggrin: :yuck:
     
  14. Jun 28, 2006 #13

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    How come i never get any sympathy for all the trials and tribulations i have to suffer:frown:
     
  15. Jun 28, 2006 #14

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    Wooly you've STILL not told me which cakemakers this is! Are they based in South Brummajum?
     
  16. Jun 28, 2006 #15

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    Gee, Woolie, sorry to hear about your misfortune at work.

    Were you the bloke who put the fondant down the drain?


    I don't think I can top brewies comment about 'icing on the cake' :rofl: , but I was going to ask if your companies management expects people to eat this stuff. :biggrin:

    Well, at least the pipe didn't burst (I didn't see that mentioned), but it sure gummed up the works. :biggrin:
     
  17. Jun 28, 2006 #16

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    Not me, the cleaners decided the kettle needed cleaning but some idiot had left it full, it was full ready for the next days production, it takes ages to heat.
     
  18. Jun 28, 2006 #17

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    Time to review process outlines and instructions for production and in-process control.

    1. Don't leave the kettle full!

    2. And if it is (i.e. if someone fails to follow instructions) - report situation to responsible production supervisor or manager.

    In-process Control! :rolleyes:

    Does you company use TQM or CQI?


    Were the cleaners employess of your company, or are they empolyees of an outside contractor?
     
  19. Jun 28, 2006 #18

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    Hmm...my interpretation is that the kettle was supposed to be full, but the cleaners were the ones who thought otherwise. Why would you dump a full kettle without being specifically told to do so? What a waste of icing! :cry: I'm so sorry you had to witness and endure that nightmare, Wollie. Spilled fondant, unlike spilled milk, apparently is something to cry over!
     
  20. Jun 28, 2006 #19

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    Oh boy, where can i start, maybe with a manger that never leaves his office, a hygene manager who does not know that electrics/pnematics can not be washed, a production staff with 70% not speaking english,
    big notices every where about all manner of things in three different languages that are totally ignored, take that all on board and we are the top performer in the group and made more profit than the other two sites put together.
     
  21. Jun 28, 2006 #20

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    I'm starting to hope that you don't export this stuff. :tongue:
     
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