Talking about Bottles.




I’m probably going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but who cares?  Sometimes you just have to share this stuff.

A machine that fills prescriptions uses plastic bottles.  Now there are specific manufacturers of these bottles that supply hospitals, big mail order facilities etc, small pharmacies et al.  Mail order stuff generally costs by weight, so a filled prescription will cost a varied amount depending on the pills in the bottle, number of bottles, and some other stuff.  So, if you have a bottle that works with the machine and it produces very few problems, you would tend to stick with that manufacturer, right?

Let’s say a competitive manufacturer comes up with a lighter bottle.  Thinner walls, thinner base, a little more flimsy that the one you use, and also more importantly, slightly cheaper in bulk orders.  Would you try to save money and switch bottles?  Of course you would, it’s a cut-throat business, and a lighter bottle means less shipping costs.  What could possibly be the downside?

Well, heres the rub.  The machine sensors can’t detect the bottle because the walls are too thin.  Because the weight differential has now changed, and the bottle placement is gravity fed (the bottom is usually heavier than the top), bottles fall in upside down.  So, more time is spent resetting the machine, pulling out upturned bottles, and resending the orders to be filled.  How much money will be saved on the new bottles over the course of six months if 1 in 10 fills fails?

I can’t understand the logic, and it never ceases to amaze me to what lengths people will go to fiddle, tweak, adjust, recalibrate, modify and mess with a perfectly working system, just to prove it will work with an inferior product.  The mind boggles.  Needless to say, we will have to attempt the impossible yet again just to prove we were right the first time.  We are supposed to learn from history, not keep repeating it, but this will never be the case.

On a lighter note, my friends dad is out of the hospital and recovering from a rather complicated gastric surgery.  Ruptured his small intestine lifting too much.  I suppose you could call it self inflicted since all he had to do was ask for some assistance, but being stubborn (like the rest of us) he decided to do it on his own.  I like the guy, I really do, but being self destructive affects everyone around you and causes a lot of heartache and worry.  If you need help ask your friends.  If they really are your friends they will come to your aid no matter what.  Those that won’t are just acquaintances…..






About rjbirkett

Part time photographer, full time geek, motorcycle zealot, avid reader, and most importantly, unbiased. Unless politics is the subject of discussion.
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