screenshot-2016-09-23-10-54-42by Ranger Kidwell-Ross, Editor of and Executive Director of the World Sweeping Association.

Can you say ‘cacophony?’ As you will hear as we enter the Roots horn factory in the video below, there was a considerable din being made there. However, most of that was from the size of the factory space, not the fact that horns were being produced in the facility. The size of the building was impressive, as was the hustle and bustle taking place inside.

However, as I acclimated to what I was seeing it became clear that before me a well-choreographed ‘dance’ was taking place. Although no one appeared to be rushing, at the same time everyone moved with that quick efficiency borne from good training and experience. Ahh, I thought, so that’s what makes it possible to produce so many products in a year’s time!

There were dedicated assembly lines, as well as a variety of support personnel on the periphery doing a myriad of tasks. Seeing so many people in concerted motion gave me a sensation not unlike that of mild vertigo. I must say the view was inspiring.

notexactlysweepinglogo550wAlthough horn-making doesn’t have anything much to do with power sweeping — even if the same company now makes a 6 cubic yard capacity regenerative air road sweeper — I thought my WorldSweeper audience would enjoy seeing the sights and sounds of this side trip for themselves. Since the Roots management team were gracious enough to allow me to video the scene, I’m passing it along to our readers. If you don’t care to take a look, I suggest you use the ‘Next Communique’ link at the bottom of the page. However, you’ll certainly be missing out on some interesting footage. Oh, by the way, I’d estimate that it’s about 90-degrees F in the building, but this isn’t an overbearing temperature to those used to the heat.

In the first video you’ll be walking into the horn factory to take in the general sights and sounds. This will include a brief visit to the horn testing room, where each and every one of the 6-to-7 million horns per year is tested and tuned prior to being packaged and shipped. I still recall the loudness of the room and you’ll find the visit to that area to be brief. Hope you enjoy what you see!

This next video shows part of the assembly line in place at the Roots horn factory. Timing is such that all participants have sufficient time to do their part prior to the assembly line moving on to the next assembler. As someone who had never visited an automated assembly line of this nature before, I enjoyed it immensely. See what you think.

That concludes our visit to Roots’ horn factory. Next stop will be the facility where the company makes its small sweepers, scrubbers and pressure washers, as well as the Rosmech R6 regenerative air street sweeper, which is currently being produced for export to the Australian marketplace.

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