I like to think of this as the hardware abstraction layer. It’s one of many subassembly monorail conveyors that dipped onto the factory floor to deliver assembled subsections where they needed to be on the main assembly floor below.
“The fresh snow mixed indistinguishably from the ashes of the half-demolished power plant.”
On the upper floors where the sunlight is yellow–the color of flour dust, once exposed to the elements.
The generator hall of the last power station, as seen from the gantryway.
The porcelain hoops guided the silk threads through the device.
Without a conveyor belt, this tripper seems lost. The job of this machine was simply to take grains from the moving conveyor belt and eject it into the silos via the chutes on the sides. Note all the dust collection venting added to the machine to suck up any explosive grain dust.
My favorite shot from the trip. Later in its life, the plant was converted to burn its own byproducts, but it seems this was designed as a coal hopper.
The coal extractor swings back and forth, ripping coal from the ground and throwing it on a conveyor belt to be burned a few miles away.
The mostly-empty distilling room is easy to spot from the outside because of the distinctive round window.
Offices above the labs. Note all the air handling equipment. I love the utilitarian design.